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"Even in His Youth"
Song by Nirvana
from the album Hormoaning
Released September 10, 1991
Format CD single
Cassette single
7-inch single
12-inch single
Recorded at Music Source, Seattle, Washington
Genre Grunge
Length 3:02
Label DGC
Songwriter(s) Kurt Cobain
Dave Grohl
Krist Novoselic
Producer Craig Montgomery
Singles chronology
Even in His Youth
(September 10, 1991)

"Even in His Youth" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, written by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, drummer Dave Grohl, and bassist Krist Novoselic.

Two different versions have been officially released. The first was released as the B-side of the chart topping single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in 1991. The same version appears on the 1992 EP Hormoaning. In addition to being featured on the promotional promo CD Nevermind It's an Interview. An earlier demo of the song appears on the 2004 rarities box set With the Lights Out.


Nirvana had been playing “Even In His Youth” live since after their debut album Bleach came out. Recording for the song first started in September of 1989 during the sessions for their Blew EP, with Steve Fisk as producer.

At the time of the recording, it had a frantic intro, which was later cut and appeared in their hidden track "Endless, Nameless". They later re-recorded in 1991 with audio engineer Craig Montgomery, and was their first with their new drummer, Dave Grohl who joined Nirvana in September of 1990. The version of the song was released as a B-side on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single in September 1991, along with "Aneurysm", recorded at the same session. Both songs were re-released on the Australian and Japanese tour EP, Hormoaning.


The single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was intended to be a base-building alternative rock cut from the album, and not expected to be a hit; the follow-up single "Come as You Are" was planned as the single that could cross over to mainstream formats. However, campus radio and modern rock radio stations placed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on heavy rotation.

Recording and release history

Recorded versions

Date recorded September, 1989 January 1, 1991
Studio Music Source Studios, Seattle, WA Music Source Studios, Seattle, WA
Producer/recorder Steve Fisk Craig Montgomery
Releases With the Lights Out (2004) Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
Nevermind (deluxe) (2011)
  • Kurt Cobain: vocals, guitar
  • Krist Novoselic: bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Chad Channing: drums
  • Kurt Cobain – guitar, vocals
  • Krist Novoselic – bass guitar
  • Dave Grohl – drums