The Original Casting Call for Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Video Revealed

The band was calling for "all preppy, punks, nerds and jocks..."

The Original Casting Call for Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Video Revealed
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Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is arguably the most iconic music video of all time - and now the original casting call advert for the shoot has appeared online. Check it out below.

Not only was it the single and video that launched Nirvana into the mainstream, but it was the turning point of the 90s that kickstarted the grunge movement and gave new fuel to American alt-rock.

The video for the lead single for "Nevermind" was directed by Samuel Bayer, who went on to direct other seminal videos including "Bob" by NOFX, "Gotta Get Away" by the Offspring, "Doll Parts" by Hole, "The Heart's Filthy Lesson" by David Bowie, "Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage, "Welcome to the Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance and all of Green Day's "American Idiot"-era videos.

Here's Bayer's original casting call for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - calling for "18 to 25 year-olds who can adapt a high school persona, i.e. preppy, punk, nerd, jock."

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    LivinJoke84
    Wow, would be a cool anecdote to be able to say you were in that video
    DeaThrash
    If I'm not mistaken, Burton C. Bell (from Fear Factory) was in that video.
    Everlong729
    So was Tony Hawk
    Everlong729
    And Dave Grohl, that guy shows up in everything man
    Senor_Homme
    I thought they'd be looking for a mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
    Baia
    to this day i still don't get those lyrics
    Bungholius
    I always thought the song was about heroin. Albino, he's pale, mosquito, needle, libido, heroin can stop your libido. I'm pretty sure that's what most people have come to understand it as anyway.
    Mephaphil
    It was made up on the spot before recording, I don't think there's much to get.
    jj2465
    Man there is no chance like that in this days. last video i know was SOAD's Chop Suey with same way. but now, where is a cool band's legendary and iconic music video to be at.
    Artturi
    This has been out online for ages, on sites like livenirvana dot com.
    metallideth88
    Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl! Grohl!
    KroniX
    Ive already seen this. Ive gt a nirvana book at home with posters, and press releases. This is nothing new.....
    artificialxlife
    Sorry, UG, time to close the doors. Apparently, some guy somewhere has already seen something you shared. You had a good run.
    metallideth88
    Why would this get a downvote? The guy just said he has seen it before. Nothing wrong with that. I swear just a bunch of jackasses in this place. There, I said it. Downvote me all you want I don't care b*tches
    Habit317
    guitar nerds are the worst types of people...
    SFosterS
    I think it's actually people are sick of the, "oh you got or saw something new?... Well I already have/saw that, AREN'T I COOL!!! The original poster came across as a massive try hard.
    Izzy-Sweet
    No he didn't, the headline says "Revealed" as though it is something new, when it clearly isn't. Get your head out of your arse, it's UG's fault (or their source's fault) in the first place for making it seem new.