October 31, 2012

Buy Nirvana’s Smashed Bass from the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Video

What’s more iconic than a rock instrument destroyed in a video that represents an unforgettable era of grunge rock?  There is none that I can think of.  Drummers and DJs have the burden of carrying about six or seven pieces of heavy equipment which can take an hour to set up properly.  Guitarists, on the other hand, need little more than 1 single cherished stringed instrument and a cable to connect to the in-house amp.  Perhaps this is why they are so easily stolen, and sought after – as in the case of Sonic Youth, or perhaps this is why so much meaning is tied to one piece of equipment.

Kurt Cobain

Nirvana, who has long since been a band; terrorizing house parties while punching holes in the wall – has one item remaining that ties their history together.  It is Kurt Cobain’s legendary bass guitar that was smashed at the end of the music video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  Reports say that the guitar will be auctioned off in London at “Christie’s” and is expected to fetch a large sum of cash – something to the tune of 25,000 pounds.  Whoever ends up winning the guitar won’t find much use of a decent a guitar tuner; perhaps it’s best that it remains framed to the wall.