Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins reveals how he felt when he first heard Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

He praises Cobain's "haunting lyrics"

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has revelaed how he felt the first time he heard Nirvana‘s massive hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

Hawkins was chatting on Matt Wilkinson’s Beats 1 Radio show where he spoke of the pivotal moment of hearing that track for the first time.

“We sat there and waited on MTV, like you used to do back in the day and watch videos…here it is! I was just like ‘fuck!’ It was literally that same moment that all those kids in America had when The Beatles played on Ed Sullivan,” he said.


“Like literally, I remember where I was and the colour of the light outside changed…I don’t know if they knew what they were doing when they made ‘Nevermind’ but they made a perfect, pristine and yet still reckless and amazing record,” he continued.

“And then, their answer to that was to make an even less pristine and even more guttural thing. But the guy [Kurt] just couldn’t help but write perfectly beautiful, amazing melodies, haunting lyrics and the band was pretty good too!” You can listen to the chat here.

Last week, Dave Grohl recalled the “magical” experience of headlining Reading Festival with Nirvana.

“I remember showing up to Reading ’92 and there being so many rumours that we weren’t going to play, that we had cancelled,” he said. “I walked backstage and some of my best friends in bands that were opening would see me and say, ‘What are you doing here?’ And I’d go, ‘We’re fucking headlining!’ And they’d be like, ‘You’re actually going to play?!’

“I didn’t realise there was any question that we were going to play. I knew within myself I was questioning if we could play, but I knew we were going to try. The show was a really reassuring, genuinely magical moment of everything coming together at the right time,” he continued.


“I think we had practised once, the day before, and I just didn’t know if we could pull it off. That happened a bunch of times in Nirvana, where you’d think, ‘God, this is going to be a fucking disaster,’ and then it would turn out to be something beautiful.”