The same Croatian cello duo that brought you that amazing cover of “Smooth Criminal” is back, and this time they’re tackling Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” “Smells Like Teen Spirit?” you say. “I’ve heard that song so many times I’m not even sure I like it anymore. Nirvana had other songs, you know.” I thought the same thing. But trust me. It’s good.
Watch the video. Have you ever seen a cellist headbang like that?? If so, I want to know what kind of classical music concerts you go to. The two cellists, Luca Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, just released a cover album that’s available on their website and iTunes, so go buy it if you want to hear U2, Nine Inch Nails, and Guns N’ Roses covered in the nerdiest way possible. They recently signed to Sony Masterworks on the strength of their Youtube popularity, so good for them.
And if you like the cello rock thing but wish someone would write some original songs of their own, might I recommend a little band from Brooklyn called Rasputina? Band leader Melora Creager has been at it since the nineties, and she’s got more humor, creativity, and sheer punk rock chutzpah than you can shake a bow at. Check them out:
(I realize this is a cover. There are originals, too. They are wonderful.)