"When I wrote the song, I had no idea what I was writing about. The majority of the lyrics are just pieces of poetry I had written that I threw together. The lyrics ''Here we are now, entertain us'' came from something I used to say every time I used to walk into a party to break the ice. A lot of times, when you’re standing around with people in a room, it’s really boring and uncomfortable. So it was “Well, here we are, entertain us. You invited us here.'' - Kurt Cobain
''I wrote this song because I was feeling disgusted with my generation's apathy, and with my own apathy and spinelessness. I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off The Pixies. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard. Everyone has focused on that song so much. The reason it gets a big reaction is people have seen it on MTV a million times. It’s been pounded into their brains." - Kurt Cobain
"Kurt really despised the mainstream. That's what 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was all about: the mass mentality of conformity." - Krist Novoselic
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