Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Mileys diverse inspiration. Nirvana and Nickleback?
As teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus launched into her version of Smells Like Teen Spirit at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre last night, an older audience member could be heard pleading “no” in mercy.
Having introduced the Nirvana classic to the crowd as one of the songs that inspired her to chase her dream as a recording artist, the former Disney child-star unleashed a cover that was nothing short of a nightmare for Kurt Cobain's worshippers.
With every naively overwrought vocal affectation, Cyrus robbed the song of its slacker-fuelled cynicism, completely ripping out its soul like so many beer garden cover bands had done before her.
It was a sacred cow slaying on par with Michael Bolton tackling Love Will Tear Us Apart or Lady Gaga playing John Lennon's piano half naked.
Ironically Cyrus and her band spent much of the night ploughing through the sort of bombastic, anthemic, pop rock by-numbers that Cobain railed so hard against in his hey day.
Nickelback was a more obvious touchstone than Nirvana as big rock drums and bass thundered around a set seemingly pulled from an '80s hair metal clip.