If you’ve ever wondered what Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” would sound like as background music for a video game’s water level, you’ve come to the right place.
This is one of twelve niche musical styles that Swedish YouTuber Seth Everman transformed the song into for the video below. As an AV club points out, you have to think outside the box if you want to give a new twist to the grunge rock classic, which one study considered to be the most iconic song of all time. It was previously parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic, featured in 2001’s Red Mill! (a movie Courtney Love actually auditioned for), and even sang in Classic latin.
Everman manages to cut through all the noise by choosing genres that range primarily from “obscure” to “not really a genre.” A few other mainstream selections include hard rock and minimalist jazz, but there’s also “Polish mazurka”, “Flute destruction metal” and a bit in the style of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”. Have you ever danced to a “Smells Like Teen Spirit” remix in a Bulgarian nightclub? Probably not, but now you can hear what it would sound like.
Everman culminates the performance by smashing a few instruments, which Kurt Cobain would no doubt have approved of as the greedy breaker. As to how Cobain would have felt about all those original versions of his song, we can only guess, but he wanted muzak versions of Nirvana’s tracks, so he wasn’t exactly a purist of his work.
[h/t The A.V. Club]