By Amy Ryan
April 05, 2006 at 02:00 PM EDT

Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. I’ll spare you the nostalgia — no fogy-ish mutterings from me about where I was when I found out, or how today’s music scene seems to have forgotten his influence and rolled on as if Nirvana never happened. In fact, everyone else plans to spare you the nostalgia as well; as far as I know, there are to be no tributes on MTV, VH1, or any other channel tonight or anytime in the near future.

But if the pop world that spawned Cobain seems to have forgotten him, the commercial world hasn’t. Besides the chuckles we got a few weeks ago at the announcement of a Kurt Cobain action figure, there was the news last week that Courtney Love is selling off a big stake in the Nirvana catalogue, opening it up for licensing in commercials and movies. ”We’re going to remain very tasteful, and we’re going to [retain] the spirit of Nirvana and take Nirvana places it’s never been before,” she told RollingStone.com. Hmmm, does ”tasteful” mean not using ”Smells Like Teen Spirit” to sell deodorant? Let’s hope so.

In the meantime, you can remember Cobain via the few folks still keeping his flame. Among them is Cher, of all people, and also these Heartland kids who’ve appropriated Nirvana’s biggest hit to pay tribute to their school basketball team. Here’s what teen spirit smells like today.

addCredit(“Kurt Cobain: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images”)

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