See The Casting Call For Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Video

Here we are now. Entertain us.

Most of you were likely embryos when Nirvana filmed the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” back in 1991 — I, myself, was five — but I’m guessing that many of us would have leapt at the chance to be in the vid if were we of dancing (and walking) age. Sadly, the most we can do today is look at this original casting call for the production and dream of seeing Kurt and Co. live.


The only directive when it came to the iconic video’s casting was for actors to be between 18 and 25 years old and to “adapt a high school persona” (preppy, goth, punk, etc). However, the “whatever, nevermind”-esque crowd — which eventually goes wild — manages to capture the darkness and angry malaise of the song even with limited flash and resources.

Here we are now, entertain us, indeed.

Brenna Ehrlich is a reporter for MTV News as well as the senior writer/editor for the O Music Awards. In the past, she served as associate editor at Mashable, penned a netiquette column for CNN and co-authored the blog and book "Stuff Hipsters Hate." She likes trying not to die in moshpits and listening to songs on repeat. Follow her on Twitter for news on cats and punk bands.