Dee Snider Reveals The Secret Kurt Cobain Told Him About A Nirvana Song

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider joined an interview with The Mistress Carrie Podcast and revealed a lesser-known trivia about a Nirvana song that Kurt Cobain told him.

Back in the late 1980s, Nirvana appeared on the music scene following Twisted Sister. Founded in 1987 by Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, the band quickly rose to prominence, especially with their grunge sound. With their iconic 1991 album ‘Nevermind,’ Nirvana found mainstream success and ended the dominance of hair metal during that era. Even today, their music inspires many musicians as well as the modern rock and roll culture.

The first single from the band’s second album, ‘Smells Like A Teen Spirit’ was an unexpected success, topping several music industry charts. The song was considered Nirvana’s biggest hit and it was well-received by the critics. ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is also listed among the greatest singles of all time and the songs that shaped rock and roll by numerous sources. However, there was something about the song some might not know about.

During one of the episodes of The Mistress Carrie Podcast, Dee Snider mentioned that he read Kurt Cobain’s diary. He stated that in the diary, Cobain said their ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is Boston’s ‘More Than A Feeling.’ Moreover, in an interview by Rolling Stone, Kurt Cobain had also claimed that the song was such a clichéd riff.

Dee Snider said in the podcast that:

“I was reading Kurt Cobain’s diary … [in it,] he said ”Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is Boston’s ‘More Than A Feeling.” Think about it people, that is ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.'”

Kurt Cobain had also told Rolling Stones that:

“‘Teen Spirit’ was such a clichéd riff. It was so close to a Boston riff or ‘Louie, Louie.’ When I came up with the guitar part, Krist looked at me and said, ‘That is so ridiculous.'”

Recently, one of Dee Snider’s followers tweeted to him that he is going to check the resemblance. Dee Snider then replied to him, advising him to sing the guitar parts to himself as this was what Kurt told him. Following that, another follower tweeted that the lead guitar in the chorus of Boston’s song has the same chord progression as Nirvana’s song. The follower also said he cannot believe he did not notice it before.

Upon seeing the tweet, Dee Snider claimed that Cobain couldn’t believe people didn’t pick that up either. He then said he met Boston’s Tom Schultz and showed him the resemblance, and he was also stunned.

After seeing Dee Snider’s claims about the resemblance, a follower said:

“I’ve gotta check out that ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘More Than A Feeling’ thing.”

Dee Snider then replied:

“All you gotta do is sing the guitar parts to yourself… (Kurt told me!)

Then, another follower joined the conversation:

“Holy shit. You’re right! Lead guitar in chorus of ‘More Than A Feeling’… same chord progression as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’… Can’t believe I’ve never picked that up.

Dee Snider told the follower that:

“Cobain couldn’t believe people didn’t pick that up either! When I met Tom Schultz from Boston (writer of the song) and pointed it out to him he was stunned at the similarities. Then he laughed! So much for the ‘new sound!'”

You can check out the tweets below.