Miley Cyrus Covers Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

By on May 4th, 2011 08:45 GMT

As we also noted on several previous occasions, Miley Cyrus is making an honest effort to distance herself from the Disney-made Hannah Montana persona and, so far, she’s been doing a great job. During a recent concert, she went even farther – with a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

In Ecuador at the end of last week performing as part of her latest tour, Miley decided to cover one of the most iconic rock tracks ever released, one that shaped an entire generation, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.

In the introduction of the song, Miley said she would be performing a track that inspired her to follow her dreams and be herself, and, at the same time, her and her brother’s longtime favorite.

In all fairness, Miley did her best to do right by the late Kurt Cobain and Nirvana with her take on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” but, judging by the comments online, fans and music lovers in general were not that impressed.

And it’s not just them, either, who are quick to say that perhaps Miley should stick to her own songs instead of killing classics, because several media outlets believe the same.

EW, for instance, points out that while, theoretically, Miley does have the voice to carry off the song, it’s her dancing and stage presence that works against this being a memorable performance and a respectful homage.

“Cyrus has the hearty voice to make this song interesting, at least, but… um, that dancing. What’s with the dancing? Or as another 1990′s icon George Costanza might have said, ‘It’s more like a full-body dry heave set to music.’ Scroll to the 47 second mark and stand back. Sweet fancy Moses!” the e-zine writes.

TMZ is even harsher in its appraisal: Miley shouldn’t touch any Nirvana tracks.

“Miley Cyrus is Disney... Nirvana is grunge – and never the twain shall meet... except it happened in Ecuador last week,” the e-zine says in a post aptly titled “Miley Does Nirvana – Kurt Cobain Spins In Grave.”

Though comments on the video also embedded below are now closed, an indication of how the public received Miley’s take on Nirvana is to be found in the number of dislikes: 7,216 of them right now, as opposed to just 760 likes.

Check it out below and see for yourself how Miley did. 


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Miley Cyrus recently performed a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in concert
   Miley Cyrus recently performed a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in concert