These Musicians Don’t Like Their Greatest Hits
Musicians typically get their big break when a song is well received by the public and becomes a hit single. From then on, the song is overplayed on the radio and the musicians are expected to perform the hit at every show. While some bands are especially appreciative and proud of their breakthrough song, others would trade everything to never hear or play it again — like these musicians that can no longer stand the songs that helped them make it big.
Kurt Cobain Resented “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Featured as the single for the group’s second album, Nevermind, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the song that made them wildly popular and dubbed them leaders of the grunge music scene. The song became so popular that it has been described as “the anthem for Generation X.”
But Nirvana became recognized only as the band that made “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which drove Kurt Cobain to resent the hit. He became embarrassed to even play it because it made him feel like a sellout. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the late musician stated, “I can barely, especially on a bad night like tonight, get through “Teen Spirit.” I literally want to throw my guitar down and walk away”.