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Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell Talks How He Ended Up In “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Music Video

In an interview with, Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell talked about how he ended up being in Nirvana’s music video for their infamous (and obscenely overplayed) song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

I was a big NIRVANA fan for a long time, and I saw them a bunch of times on the ‘Bleach’ tour. After seeing them a few times, I’d run into them, a friend of mine actually played on [NIRVANA’s 1991 record] record, ‘Nevermind’ — he played cello on ‘Something In The Way’. So we had a copy of that record almost five months before it came out. What happened was that, before the record came out, they had a show in L.A. at the Roxy, and after the show, they threw out flyers saying, ‘Hey, come to our video shoot.’ And so me and my roommate got the flyer with the directions on it and we went to the video shoot the next day. . . And what happened in the video wasn’t even supposed to happen. The audience just went nuts.

If you want to play Where’s Waldo/Burton C. Bell, the video is below. Personally, I didn’t even try but that’s because I cannot STAND that song. If I hear it one more time, I’ll blow a gasket or ten.

Fear Factory’s latest album is The Industrialist. Make sure to check out our review of the album here.

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