Smells Like (a Lot of) Teen Spirit

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that NIrvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was one of the most popular, if not *the* most popular, song of the grunge era. It became the anthem for that generation -- even if the lyrics were mostly unintelligible -- and in the last few years it seems to have graduated into a whole new level of classic-anthem-hood, one in which everybody is rushing to cover it. Here are some of the best, weirdest, and worst covers of "Teen Spirit." But I warn you: once you listen to them all, you may never want to hear the song again.

For those of you who need reminding, here's the original -- with commentary from Beavis and Butthead.

One of my favorite of these covers is by crooner Paul Anka. It's kind of hilarious and kind of great at the same time -- and this is at least five years old; he was one of the first to think, hey, I should cover that!

Patti Smith does a pretty unique and rather soulful version, live.

Another icon of the grunge era (I think it's fair to call her that) covers it -- Tori Amos.

And now for something completely different -- the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain's cover.

Here's an acoustic-only version by a Tiny Person.

Everyone covering this song so far has forgotten one thing: TO ROCK! Flyleaf brings back the headbang.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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