UPDATE: Tony! Toni! Toné! vs. Karmin vs. Nirvana

This is an update to Tony! Toni! Toné! vs. Nirvana  originally submitted by Beau

For some reason artists have decided to latch on to the pre-chorus of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991). Let’s add YouTube sensation Karmin to the list with there aptly titled track “Hello” (2012). The song’s wikipedia page says

“Hello” interpolates “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.

I am not entirely sure what that means. Linear notes anyone? Once again using state of the art computer technology I am able to come up with these 4 simulated reactions from Kurt Cobain if he was with us today.

Kurt Cobain simulated reactions to hearing "Let's Get Down" by Tony! Toni! Toné! and Karmin "Hello"

Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991)

Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Let's Get Down" (1996)

Karmin - "Hello" (2012)

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8 Replies to “UPDATE: Tony! Toni! Toné! vs. Karmin vs. Nirvana”

  1. Travis

    In popular music

    Interpolation has been used by one artist to refer to the addition of new material in a performance or recording of a previously existing piece of music.[5][6][7]


    That’s what it means….but could it be worded so poorly??

    can’t remember if i submitted this one yet or not..one for the country folks

    tim mcgraw:let it go

    diamond rio:beautiful mess

  2. Travis

    Maybe I missed the reasoning somewhere…but is there a reason this classic one hasn’t made it on here? After all poor George was sued over it.

    George Harrison: my sweet lord

    The Chiffons: hes so fine

    1. Keith Post author

      That one had been submitted at some point. Must’ve slipped through the cracks. I get tons of submissions. It’s hard to get to them all.
      Somebody also pointed out a guitar solo from Wilco – “You Never Know” (2009) that sounded like “My Sweet Lord” as well.

  3. Travis

    Heres another match up to try

    mary chapin carpenter:passionate kisses

    chad brock:she said yes

    rodney atkins:watching you

  4. Lauren

    Well done, once again Keith! 🙂

    I found another song for you! I found it and it was one of those songs where you are like, “I have heard this before!!”

    I love both of these artists, but the interlude melodies are VERY similar. Check these out when you get a chance:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr6fsCY9MbU “Charge Me Up” -Jennifer Lopez

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC1Q9KtO7OE “Puppet” -The Saturdays

    Listen to when J-Lo sings, “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ,oh” and when The Saturdays sing, “La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!” It’s the same exact melody, but just with a different word.

    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, all! 🙂


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