Here’s What It Took to Appear In Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Video

By Marissa G. Muller

If you’ve ever wondered how the disaffected kids in the bleacher stands were chosen for Nirvana’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video, take a look at this casting call.

Consequence of Sound has posted an image of the casting call for the video, which was shot in 1991.

Related: Iggy Azalea on Nirvana’s Rock Hall Induction: ‘Lorde is Not Kurt Cobain’s Peer’

The band was searching for 18-25 year olds in logo-less clothing who could “adapt a high-school persona, i.e. preppy, punk, nerd, jock…” for the video, which took inspiration from The Ramones’ musical comedy Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.

Little did they know they’d be subjected to having to hear “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on repeat for hours to make their boredom more realistic.

Read more about the casting call on


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