Fucked Up, Tokyo Police Club to cover “Smells Like Teen Spirit” 144 times

If there’s anything to take away from all the Nirvana hoopla as of late, it’s this: Everyone who screams into a mic or plays a guitar these days loves Nevermind. From giant-sized reissues to star-studded townhall meetings, and from jam-packed covers compilations to homages from Scott Weiland and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nevermind has apparently redefined music for artists the world over. But of all the acts of praise and tribute, this next one is the most involved: On October 1st, members of Tokyo Police Club, Fucked Up, Woodhands, Gallows, and a slew of other outfits will cover the album’s groundbreaking single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, 144 times in a row. And you can count on that.

According to Exclaim!, A Brief History Of Rebellion, as the event is being called, will be hosted by media production-collective-thing-turned-record-label Juicebox and goes down from dusk to dawn at the Toronto Underground Cinema. The various bands involved will each have one or two members swing by for a couple rounds during 12-plus-hour event. For a taste of what to expect, play the original “Smells Like Teen Spirit” below 144 times. Enjoy!

The performance is just one of many happenings going down in Toronto that night as a part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a celebration of the arts.As a glorious bit of performance art, audience members will be encouraged to join in for what should be the most off-key sing-along ever. Stay tuned to Juicebox’s official site for further show news and info.


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