The Three Most Memorable Nirvana Music Videos

As tribute to the 24th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, we will be looking at some of Nirvana’s most legendary music videos.

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Released: 1991

Directed by Samuel Bayer

The most classic Nirvana music video, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, features the members of Nirvana rocking out in a bleak high school gymnasium. The video captures the hardcore spirit of Nirvana by showing high school extras moshing, Nirvana smashing instruments, and high school cheerleaders wearing black clothing with an anarchist symbol on it. Bayer allegedly got inspiration for the video from Jonathan Kaplan’s 1979 film, Over the Edge and the Ramones’ film Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. The videos low budget of 40,000 dollars has made it one of the most popular short budgeted music videos ever made.

Nirvana – Come As You Are

Released: 1991

Directed by Kevin Kerslake

The esoteric video for “Come As You Are” shows several metaphorical images and Nirvana jamming out in a mansion. The video periodically displays images of a gun, a baby, and sperm to signify something that’s a creator of life and a creator of death. The rest of the video shows Nirvana playing their instruments in a mansion while Kurt Cobain sits on a swinging chandelier.

Nirvana – In Bloom

Released: 1992

Directed by Kevin Kerslake

The black and white video for “In Bloom” shows Nirvana playing in front of a 1950’s – 60’s type audience. The beginning of the video starts off with the members of Nirvana dressed in 1950’s attire and acting in a wholesome manner. As the video progresses, the band finds themselves wearing dresses and causing absolute pandemonium. The video ended up winning the MTV VMA award for Best Alternative Video in 1993.