Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
This is the riff of my student days…
So this one is a bit of a cheat, because Smells Like Teen Spirit was actually release in 1991. It did, however, feature in some charts across the globe in early 1992, so it counts. My count-up, my rules, and it's only myself that I'm cheating.
Kurt Cobain was the Jimi Hendrix of my generation in that, like Bolan, Moon and all the rest, he escaped the shame of turning into a fat old rocker by dying young. Smells Like Teen Spirit was a tortured howl of a song, inspired it turns out by the work of The Pixies (who don't, shamefully, feature in this count-up, but hey, talking of fat old rockers…)
Number one on my birthday in 1992: Charles and Eddie – Would I Lie to You Undeniably bollocks, but not as bad as the monstrosity that was number one on my birthday in 1993.
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