One of the most famous videos of all time is “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. You know, the scene in the gym where things quicky disintegrate into destruction? But did you know that things were originally supposed to be even more destructive and violent?
Director Sam Bayer found inspiration in a 1979 movie called Over the Edge, which was all about a bunch of teenagers who get back at their parents by getting into some serious vandalism. The original treatment of the “Teen Spirit” video had a group of young people taking over a school, kidnapping the principal in the gym, and then burning the whole place down. But because Nirvana and the record company were worried that such a violent video might be banned by MTV, they re-wrote the script so it was set at a pep rally.
By the way, the janitor in the video? A real janitor at the apartment block where Sam Bayer lived.