How many times have you listened to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ on repeat? As high-schoolers, most of us probably looped the Nirvana classic longer than our parents could stand. But 144 times in a row, not many of us can make a claim like that. That’s the stuff of uber-obsessed Cobain fanatics, and apparently Toronto has a whole lot of them.
The 2011 edition of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche art festival, which happens on Oct. 1, will see ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ performed 144 consecutive times by Nirvana nerds, including members of Tokyo Police Club, F—ed Up, Woodhands, Gallows and Junior Battles along with Buck 65. The big showdown happens at Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Ave), and it’s just in time for ‘Nevermind”s 20th anniversary, too.
This outrageous event isn’t just for the pro, either. Anyone can do their part to keep the dusk-to-dawn tribute going. The enterprising media collective/record label known as Juicebox putting on the night are leaving this open to stragglers so anyone can decide last minute to show a little, well, spirit.