Yungblud Responds To The Accusations Of Being A Nirvana Rip-Off

During a recent interview with Vice Magazine, Yungblud opened up about his new song, ‘Fleabag,’ and its uncanny resemblance to the Nirvana classics ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Heart-Shaped Box.’ According to the young singer, there’s nothing wrong with being inspired by the previous generations, and yes, his single was inspired by Nirvana.

As some of you might know, Yungblud released his first single named ‘Fleabag‘ on August 19, from his upcoming third studio album. Although he didn’t reveal the name of his new record, the singer disclosed that his third and fourth albums have also been completed, but their names are still unknown.

Following the release of his new song a couple of months ago, Yungblud also uploaded a music video for the track on his official YouTube channel. The video features him struggling, in accordance with the song’s lyrics, which perfectly reflect the theme of ‘Fleabag.’

The top comments under the video, on the other hand, aren’t the ones praising his work; they were from fans stressing the resemblance between the song and Nirvana’s two iconic tracks ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Heart-Shaped Box.’ Since when musicians sound like each other in rock music, it’s often called a rip-off, Yungblud received his fair share of criticism.

A fan’s comment regarding the resemblance follows:

“The intro guitar is Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ The verse is Wheatus’ ‘Teenage Dirtbag, and the chorus is Nirvana’s again, ‘Heart-Shaped Box.'”

During a recent interview, the ‘Fleabag’ singer was asked about the similarity between his song and the classic Nirvana sound. Yungblud admitted that his song sounds like the grunge icons, and that should be fine. Furthermore, the singer stated that rock musicians should be inspired by one another without being judged, just like hip-hop musicians.

In the interview, Yungblud said:

“I was listening to Jane’s Addiction at the time – that’s Dave Navarro playing guitar on ‘Fleabag.’ But yeah, it does sound like Nirvana. Hip-hop is so much more open to interpretation and homage and everyone talks about each other in their lyrics and people literally go ‘let’s nick that drum or that bass sound from that and I’ll put it in that.’ Why the fuck can’t we do that in rock?”

You can listen to ‘Fleabag’ by Yungblud below.