Dude, I can assure you I know their entire discography intimately, their background, their influences and their musical aspirations just as well as you. I find it pretty insulting that you’d just assume otherwise based off the facts that I stated, this isn’t a dick measuring contest to see who’s the biggest fan. Do you really think I’ve just spent the past 27 years casually listening to the studio versions of Bleach, Nevermind and In Utero a couple of times here and there? Lol.
I know it’s not the original melody, but don’t forget they changed it in the studio, Butch changed it at the band’s request because they wanted it to sound heavier and more powerful… this is why I said your posted version doesn’t sound the way they wanted it to… you do know that Smells like Teen Spirit is the only track on Nevermind that they are all credited with writing? It wasn’t just Kurt’s baby. I’m not saying Kurt wasn’t comfortable with doing softer, more pop-punk sounding stuff, we both know he liked the contrast between soft and loud and that he wanted to sound like the Pixies, Vaselines etc. -but this is the basis of your point… because it’s less distorted and softer it sounds like one of their softer songs, again, that’s just your opinion. Putting out your love and knowledge of the band as if it’s an argument from authority doesn’t make it any more valid… it’s irrelevant whether it sounds like something they could conceivably release. That’s why I said to agree to disagree.
Again, if you think it sounds like them then so be it, like I said, I don’t really care enough to worry about it… not that I don’t care enough about Nirvana, but I don’t care enough about someone else’s posthumous re-imagining of a song that they themselves never put out. If it isn’t something they put out in their time as an expression of their art, then it becomes a moot point whether they would have produced it that way or if it does or doesn’t sound like them.