Nirvana`s ``Teen Spirit`` Played by Teen Orchestra

Submitted by: fancylad 9 years ago in Entertainment

High school"s classical orchestra performs their version of Cobain"s breakthrough hit.
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Female 3
That was hard.
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Female 251
4 those of u who think it sucked... ITS A TEEN ORCHESTREA AT A SCHOOL 4 CRAPS SAKE! WAT WERE U EXPECTING?!?!?! THEY`RE JUST KIDS 4 CRYING OUT LOUD!!!
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Female 251
4 those of u who think it sucked... ITS A TEEN ORCHESTREA AT A SCHOOL 4 CRAPS SAKE! WAT WERE U EXPECTING?!?!?! THEY`RE JUST KIDS 4 CRYING OUT LOUD!!!
I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY GOOD! LETS SEE U DO BETTER! I PLAY A VIOLA IN AN ORCHESTRA AT SCHOOL AND I HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT THAT SONG IS NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS! ITS VERY COMPLICATED!
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Female 251
4 those of u who think it sucked... ITS A TEEN ORCHESTREA AT A SCHOOL 4 CRAPS SAKE! WAT WERE U EXPECTING?!?!?! THEY`RE JUST KIDS 4 CRYING OUT LOUD!!!
I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY GOOD! LETS SEE U DO BETTER! I PLAY A VIOLA IN AN ORCHESTRA AT SCHOOL AND I HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT THAT SONG IS NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS! ITS VERY COMPLICATED! IM GIVING THIS A 4! THEY DESERVE IT! >-(
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Female 416
I thought this was epic...well, mostly.

I still heard that kid that was off and the one that was in the wrong key for like, half the song.

otherwise it was good though. Better than the band class at my school.

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Male 810
Everything sounds better on a violin.
And the bass was fscking awesome.
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Female 275
adding onto what saturnia107 said, if this were performed by professional musicians it could be a lot better. the Vitamin string quartet probably does the best covers of this type of stuff. they`ve covered more bands than you`d think was possible.
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Female 275
bleh. okay. the cello section was weak and out of tune during their soli, but hell it`s better than anything i ever play in my school orchestra.
i agree with what a lot of people have said though, a lot is lost when it`s transcribed for an orchestra, especially a school orchestra :\

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Female 37
Ummmm Cobains guitar was nothing special, not at all. anyone who can play a combination of power chords could learn every Nirvana song in about 3 hours.
Cobains uniquely out of pitch but in tune voice filled with pain and hurt was his key to success.. His guitar had nothing to do with any of it. In fact most of nirvana`s riffs that most people hum are bass riffs.

still tho, this orchestra cover sucked

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It`s not necessarily his guitar, but what he did for music.
And I dont think Cobain would mind considering he was high most of the time.
Besides this is probably the only Nirvana song those kids even know.
There are a lot better Nirvana songs.

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Female 509
It sounds like John Wayne should come riding up right from the beginning, I couldn`t finish it.
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Female 122
I think the sound was traveling funny...I`m sure they actually did quite well, but it was pretty unexciting.
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Male 79
That could have been arranged better. 1 star.
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Female 17
all I can say is wow.
I thought it was actually really good...
Im a sucker for anything with a violin in it though.
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Female 2,552
I wish the orchestra at my school would songs that are AT LEAST that cool.
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Male 4
the violins sounded pretty good but something was missing... and I know what it was; the additude, angst and aggressive power chord which makes the song go through your head and make you understand the thoughts of the Master, the glorious Curt Cobain, the GOD of Grunge!!!
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Female 239
I`ll give them an A for effort, but a B- for the cover.
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Female 53
"Anyone know which version of the song came first?
Kurt Cobains or Tori Amos?"

Kurt.

"Was it just me, or were there any brass or woodwinds? I only heard strings and percussion."

It was an orchestra- therefore, no, there were no brass or woodwinds.

"Heh, you`re all idiots anyway, the song actually has nothing to do with 90`s disenfranchised youth, since it`s a frank sinatra cover in the first place..."

Yes, because that`s why the song writer credits are always to Cobain, Grohl, and Novoselic.
If it was a Sinatra cover, they wouldn`t have gotten away with that.

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Male 197
Brilliant
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Male 170
its just not there without Kurt Cobain...

its not bad for a group of kids... but it needs some guitar and vocals

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Female 963
That wasn`t bad for a teen orchestra.
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Female 700
man.. and i liked this song too... i quit band before highschool. long story short.. the evil conductor of doom moved from middle school.. id had enough of him....
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Male 1,079
Cool. Cool.
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Male 118
My hat is off to the instructor. Gutsy. Give the man a raise. I am impressed.
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Female 354
there always has to be a group of people who are so narrowminded
its sad
its good
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Male 1,289
Lolz at the classically trained concert snareist trying to play Drum set style. =]
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Female 150
I`m in a highschool orchestra where do do play rock music and other popular stuff a great deal of the time. In the past we`ve sampled from the Eurythmics, Green Day, The Beatles, various movie sountracks, and Led Zeppelin. So I can say from experience that rock music CAN sound AMAZING played by a string orchestra.

This wasn`t amazing. It was decent. Bowing was done well, but there were pitch problems with the violins on and off, especially when they first picked up the bows. They must`ve used picks for the plucking in the beginning to get the strums, but they weren`t quite together. I get the impression that they focus a bit more on showmanship than musicianship. Not that it was bad musically, they just seemed overly showy in some respects.

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Female 5
Oh god! The beginning sounded like CRAP! I expected something worth watching.
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Female 322
The beginning of this song make me want to gouge my eyes out with a spoon...but once they got past the horrible plucking, or whatever it was they did, it sounded decent. Not GOOD, but my thoughts of self inflicted pain diminished slightly.
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Female 738
Wow. I want to see half the people criticizing this pick up a classical instrument and play. Chances are you wouldn`t even know how to hold the bloody thing. It was pretty good for a high school orchestra.
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Female 12
nothing could top the original. but i think that was pretty godamn cool. good on em.
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Male 98
And 3.4? Double weird.
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Male 98
Was it just me, or were there any brass or woodwinds? I only heard strings and percussion. Weird.
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Male 221
i dont think that was a good song to play in an orkrestah lol

missspeled horrabulee

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Male 69
i prefer the original to be honest lol :D
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Female 20
is it bad that I really liked that? idk maybe it was just because the actual song was playing in my head at the same time...
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Male 1,287
Too hard on them? They sounded like high-schoolers for chrissakes!
Seriously though, I admire anyone still willing to pick up a violin, viola, cello, or bass these days. If they`re enjoying themselves playing this piece, then I`m happy for them. I`m not gonna listen to the clip again, but I`m happy for them.
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Female 191
"Yeah, it was horrible in the beginning, and as first impressions are always important, I stopped there.
I really think that a decent high school band could easily have pulled this off. Btw, some high school bands have bass guitar now."

You`re correct on the bass guitar point. My school`s "marching band" does, but the Concert band does not. I actually play in my school`s replacement of the Marching Band.

It was very good for a High School Orchestra. There`s no way my school could pull this off, even we had enough people to play the strings parts.

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Male 1,287
for a high school orchestra that was not close to good. Then again, I remember our top tier orchestra class tended to play more complex classical pieces and the tier below them played easier, sometimes douche-ier pieces. I think this is their lower tier group. If that`s the case, eh, s`alright. It`s a douchey song in their hands, though.
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Male 248
Man, I loved it, but I mean I wasn`t expecting too much since it was a high school orchestra. You guys are being a little too hard on them. Seriously
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Male 4,393
well they tried... :P
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Male 907
Anyone know which version of the song came first?
Kurt Cobains or Tori Amos?
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Male 1
Heh, you`re all idiots anyway, the song actually has nothing to do with 90`s disenfranchised youth, since it`s a frank sinatra cover in the first place...
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Male 1,029
Ah!!!! Stop attempting to play songs you have not mastered!
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Male 73
this sucks.
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Female 1,407
For a high school orchestra, not too shabby...after 3 minutes.
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Male 1,287
eesh. pitiful performance of a horrible arrangement of a once-awesome song = craptastic video viewing pleasure.
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Female 338
The beginning was god-awful, they shouldn`t have plucked out those chords. But after that I loved it.
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Male 99
cello part absolutely sucked, the way it was written.

and lol, it was in Goshen.

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Female 1,297
considering no cover ever has (or will ) beat the original, i think this was pretty good, the beginning was absolute crap, but after that it did get better (except with the cellos) and its not that bad compared to alot of other covers. the violins were brill tho
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Female 67
Good lord, this wasn`t a band. It`s an orchestra. Get the terminology right.

Apart from that, yeah, the beginning was very rough. Also, I think the violins and violas sounded much better than the `cellos did. All in all, it wasn`t bad, but it wasn`t great. However, I think they definitely did a pretty good job for a high school orchestra.

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Male 64
Blah, that was not pulled of well at all-beacuse it cant. Just let the song be.
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Male 272
Yeah, it was horrible in the beginning, and as first impressions are always important, I stopped there.
I really think that a decent high school band could easily have pulled this off. Btw, some high school bands have bass guitar now.
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Female 87
er, orchestra, whatever.
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Female 87
well that was dissapointing. I wish my band would do rock songs like that...my high school band would be so much better, I mean, they kind of sucked. That conductor made me mad for some reason. -says in a roostery ass voice- "a grunge rock piece about womens deoderant" I have a feeling he doesnt catch the essence of Nirvana. ergh.
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Female 127
Omg, those violinists were terrible. And yes I`m actually qualified enough to make that statement.


Ugh, my ears!

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Female 663
Neat idea to bring back a rock classic. Maybe if the orchestra was a little more skilled it would have come of better, but they did a fair job.

I also agree with hab1b, Cobain`s vocals made more of the track than the guitar. I`m not saying that the guitar had nothing to do with it, but you must admit no cover has ever come close to the original.

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Female 53
Of course, you can`t beat the original, but this was still pretty cool. It made me think of like a horror song or something...
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Female 1,571
they totally ruined that song!!!!
i watched like 5 seconds of it and
thought...SAD
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Female 367
^^^It was a high school orchestra (strings), not a band (winds)...and don`t most HSes have stage stuff like that? haha

Anyway, I think it`d be AMAZING performed by a professional orchestra, but I hate listening to bad string instrumentalists. Ugh. If you like this type of thing, you should check out the String Quartet CDs. They do everything from Nirvana to Fall Out Boy to Green Day to Bon Jovi.

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Male 4,012
I liked it. But then again I love all sorts of new-music-classical-instruments perfomances.

The drums are a bit out of place tho.

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Female 458
Whoa, wait, what? High school?! Their high school band had cellos and a big stage with a thingy in the back for sound?! What kind of high school did they go to?! I want on board!
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Male 888
..futurama?
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Male 815
Well I wouldn`t say his "simplicity" had anything to do with it either, definitely not in a Miles-sense of things. When it came down to it, it was his pain and suffering that spoke to the 90`s disenfranchised youth, and I`m sure to many, him playing out of tune, and very, very simple rifts might have highlighted the music. but yeah...... seriously dude, he was not a great guitarist... like in the least bit
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Male 2,720
I love when douche nozzles think they`re being wild or irreverent like this, when nothing could be tamer or lamer.
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Male 330
Complexity is great, but simplicity can do a lot for a song as well. Sure, all "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is comprised of power chords, but the way he plays them embodies the nature of the song. So aggressive and manic, sometimes slipping into unrelated suspensions.

Don`t say his guitar had nothing to do with it.

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Female 32
it wasn`t awful
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Female 243
If a little kid ever asks you, "What is gay?" show `em this. Totally gay.
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Male 332
Wow those cellos have an awful part... Mostly just the same 2 pizzicato notes except for the chorus. And when the violins get the cello part they`re not in sync.
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Male 5
Ummmm Cobains guitar was nothing special, not at all. anyone who can play a combination of power chords could learn every Nirvana song in about 3 hours.
Cobains uniquely out of pitch but in tune voice filled with pain and hurt was his key to success.. His guitar had nothing to do with any of it. In fact most of nirvana`s riffs that most people hum are bass riffs.

still tho, this orchestra cover sucked

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Male 9
Ergh. At the beginning, they sounded horrible... off beat, off tune, etc. Kinda gets better after that, I guess.
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Male 742
*VOMITS*
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Female 17
was pretty good. did enyone else`s cut out at 3:36?
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Male 45
a damn sight better than the usual covers you get of smells like teen spirit
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Female 289
I rather liked it! Course, I may be very biased to anything with a cello in it. Mmmm cello
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Male 513
Third Eye Open!!!
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Male 650
Is it just me or are those violin players not up to skill?
Fun Fact: I managed to finish a solitaire game in that whole song
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Male 9
I`m always up for hearing new versions of songs. That was pretty good, but you can`t beat the original.
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Male 259
LOL i agree with AtomicMuffin
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Male 272
damn, i dont care what u guys say, that was awesome, it gave me chills. =]
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Male 267
Wow! I love that song! but this sounded like poo.
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Male 420
i quite enjoyed it.
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Female 299
I only got play the Star Wars theme in high school... :(
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Male 699
It was better than the last cover we had on here.
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Male 1,348
They didn`t even commit suicide at the end.
*thumbs down*
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Female 192
Well, it was decent (aka, they were together and reasonably on tune) I suppose. But I have the sneaking suspicion that Cobain did not intend for his song to be played by a classical orchestra... probably because you`d end up with something like this...
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Female 3,562
I refuse to watch this.
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Male 15,510
Well... Bleh
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Male 20,908
Link: Nirvana`s ``Teen Spirit`` Played by Teen Orchestra [Rate Link] - High school`s classical orchestra performs their version of Cobain`s breakthrough hit.
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