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Posted on Mar 26, 2014 12:23 pm
As a part of the popular "Teens React" series by the Fine Bros YouTube channel, a group of today's teenagers was played several all-time Nirvana classics and asked for reactions and comments.
And if you thought that kids these days couldn't care less about rock music, you were wrong. Although not all of them knew much facts about the band or Kurt Cobain, the majority seemed to enjoy the music quite a lot.
"Music videos used to be normal, there's nobody stripping in this one," said 18-year-old Madison about "Smells Like Teen Spirit." "I wish music was this good now. Some of the new music is so, like, trash," added 16-year-old Labib.
The "Heart-Shaped Box" clip had the teens confused the most. "I feel like you're supposed to be on acid before watching it," 18-year-old Shant said about the video, with 16-year-old Kaelyn screamingly adding, "I saw a Ku Klux Klan member, we don't like those people! What the fudge?!"
After sitting through the MTV Unplugged version of "About a Girl," the kids were asked to share their thoughts about Nirvana, giving some pretty cool answers such as "They give you what they are instead of what everyone else wants." Those of you who grew up with the grunge movement might feel a bit old with some of the comments, particularly, "I actually like old music like that."
Asked to compare Nirvana's music with today's rock, teens mostly shared somewhat grim thoughts of the genre. "I don't even know any good rock bands anymore,""What is considered modern rock today? I have no idea,""There's not really much out there with that same sound and vibe," were some of the comments.
18-year-old Adam gave the most elaborate and optimistic answer, saying, "Rock 'n' roll's splitting, like completely. Pop rock and then hardcore heavy metal. In the near future, there's gonna be that band that's gonna just tie all rock 'n' roll together."
Discussing Cobain's suicide, the teens were explained how the fact that "anti-mainstream music became the mainstream" had a devastating impact on Kurt. Coming up with a surprisingly deep Batman quote, Shant commented, "It's like that Batman quote - 'Either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.'"