Artist Bio


Smells Like Nirvana is Chicago’s grungiest tribute to Nirvana playing songs from the albums Bleach, Incesticide, Nevermind, In Utero and MTV Unplugged.

Composed of seasoned pros and DIE-HARD FANS of Nirvana, Smells Like Nirvana’s live tribute to Nirvana is a haunting episode of grunge filled angst and rock prowess.

You definitely want to watch Smells Like Nirvana live as they recreate the legendary sounds of Nirvana. Few bands in rock history have had a more immediate and connectable impact on their contemporary rock musical landscape than Nirvana did in the early nineties and 20 years later Smells Like Nirvana is capturing and re-creating the heart felt agnst and passion of Nirvana night after night, performance after performance.

Why did SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA get started?
Smells Like Nirvana is an attempt at honoring Nirvana’s Legacy by staying true to the mechanics of what Nirvana was all about which was being a real organic rock band. No click tracks or backing tracks, what you hear is what you get and that’s loud angst guitars and drums coupled with a passionate trio on stage remembering the late great Kurt Cobain.

It’s been 20 years since the original line up of Nirvana has taken the stage and it’s sad to think of the loss of the legend Kurt Cobain who unfortunately took his own life at 27, joining club 27 with such artists at Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. In no shape or form is the Chicago Nirvana Tribute ’Smells like Nirvana’ trying to replace Nirvana; THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE. No one can replace Nirvana. Smells Like Nirvana is a celebration of Nirvana, three die hard fans of Nirvana sharing their love of Nirvana.

Smells Like Nirvana was originally called “Moist Vagina” named after Nirvana’s b side from their All Apologies double a side release containing the song Rape Me.

Smells Like Nirvana was launched by Chicago native Paul Wandtke aka P@ulE as an attempt to share their love of Nirvana with his friends/band mates Nick and Dan.

“The first demo I ever owned was of Nirvana! Nirvana is the reason I got into music. I’ll never forget the songs Smells Like Teen Spirit and Even in His Youth, they changed my life forever. I fell in love with songs like Dumb, Lithium, Heart Shaped Box, Come As You Are in school, I’d often sit there and sing along and think,  Kurt Cobain really relates to kids like us. I grew up as a very bummed child but Nirvana’s music soothed me, it was my way out. Kurt always said and wrote in his journals ‘MUSIC IS FREEDOM’ and all I have to say is NIRVANA IS FREEDOM” ~P@ulE


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Smells Like Teen Spirit
You Know You’re Right
Rape Me
Territorial Pissings
Been A Son
In Bloom
Come As You Are
About A Girl
Heart Shaped Box
All Apologies
On A Plain
Something in the Way

Special requests for other songs/b sides including most of MTV UNPLUGGED only upon special request/private functions.

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