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Cool Video: Nirvana Playing “Teen Spirit” in a Small Club in 1991

Twenty-five years ago, this sort of scene was fairly common. But come September 24, 1991, everything for Nirvana–and music–would change as the result of Nevermind.

I remember playing the song on the air for the first time. I was doing middays at CFNY (soon to be renamed the Edge) when a friend walked in with a CD single. “Put this on next,” he said. It was 11:40 on a Tuesday morning.

I’d never heard “Teen Spirit” before, but within 10 seconds I remember thinking “JEEZUS CHRIST! WHAT IS THIS?”  The phones started ringing immediately. Nothing was the same after that.

Alan Cross

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One thought on “Cool Video: Nirvana Playing “Teen Spirit” in a Small Club in 1991

  • I remember loving Nirvana from the first time I heard this. Probably on cfny. What’s most shocking is Kurt’s been dead for 22 years. Time flies whether you’re having fun or not.


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