Listen to The Muppets covering Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

Kermit and his friends get their grunge on in the upcoming Muppets movie
Kermit and his friends get their grunge on in the upcoming Muppets movie (Image credit: David Cooper/ZUMA Press/Corbis)

When The Muppets opens on 23 November, millions of children will thrill to the adventures of Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and other adorable puppets, er, creatures. The little tykes will also be entertained by the strains of a song once made famous by a group from their parents' day, a little ol' band called Nirvana.

Yes, it's true: As you can hear in the above video, those lovable Muppets, billed as the Muppets Barbershop Quartet, have their own unique way with that grunge anthem to end all grunge anthems, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

OK, wait... Before you spit coffee all over your flannel shirt, remember that Kurt Cobain not only approved of but adored "Weird" Al Yankovic's 1992 parody, Smells Like Nirvana. So it's a safe bet he would have laughed his butt off at the Muppets' rendition of his trademark song.

It already has the seal of approval from another member of Nirvana: drummer Dave Grohl. In the Muppets movie, the Nirvana/Foo Fighters star turns in a cameo, picking up the sticks when Animal, who plays for The Muppets' house band, Electric Mayhem, is forced into anger management counseling. (An unhinged drummer? Who'd a thunk it?)

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.