Etymology: The term was sued in a completely different context by the early 90's grunge band, Nirvana.
Girl 2: "He don't like busted girls, bitch. That's why he's on my team now."
Observer: "Damn. Smells like teen spirit..."
Entertain us/ I feel stupid/ and contagious/ Here we are now
Entertain us/ A mulatto/ An albino/ A mosquito/ My Libido/ Yeah
How much more random can you get? Smells Like Teen Spirit isn't really about anything. The title comes (indirectly) from deodorant. Maybe that's what the sweaty fans need when they're jumping around in the poorly ventilated gym. Hey, just a guess.
It was majorly overplayed and was killed by MTV and pop Radio Stations.
Go listen to Come as you are, Rape Me, You Know You're right, About a Girl, and Silver if you want some good Nirvana songs