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« In Which It Is An All Too Familiar Scent of Pine »

Bands by Smell


Elvis: Sweat, Meat, and Chunky Peanut Butter

Bob Dylan: Opium and Latkes

The Rolling Stones: Mothballs and Burnt Toast

David Bowie: Amphetamines and Astronaut Ice Cream

Lil' Wayne: NyQuil and Martian Dust

Jim Morrison: Vomit and Leather

Devendra Banhart: Body Odor and Thai Stick

Animal Collective: Grape Juice, Grass Stains, and Mildew

Radiohead: Yellowing Paperbacks In A Sudden Electrical Fire 

Mariah Carey: Champagne and Vaseline

Christina Aguilera: Marshmallows and Pleather

Prince: Purple Haze, Patchouli, and Pussy

Vampire Weekend: New Shoes and Old Money

Beyonce: Wig Glue and Hot Biscuits

The White Stripes: Stale Wet Cigarettes and After Dinner Mints

The Pixies: Beer and Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Amy Winehouse: Wine Coolers, Bourbon, Gin, Vodka, and Tartar Sauce

Iggy Pop: Demerol and Expired Eye Makeup

Madonna: A-Rod and Formaldehyde

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"Paralyzed" — Elvis Presley (mp3)

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Reader Comments (15)

Gawd I love it - bands by smell: the first in a pop culture series of music by the senses. What's next? Bands by taste...touch....tactile sensation? More, please.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStevie Nicks Fan

All correct except Vampire Weekend, who smell like used maxi pads

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDanish

these are great. poor amy winehouse.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I'm waiting for the Hildegard von Bingen entry.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteven augustine

Danish, I like where you went, but I'm going more like, dirty q-tips.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTed

Kris Allen smells like a cat's anus.

May 20, 2009 | Registered CommenterAlex

Prince is a Jehovah's Witness now so I think he probably smells more like The Watchtower and banana sheet cake.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrabby

and nivrana smells like teen spirit you guys! (its a nirvana fan joke, dont worry if you dont get it)

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterandrew

The Bowie photo... did Patti LaBelle complain...?

May 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersteven augustine

Great post! Hilarious!
May I add:
The Beatles - cold tea, lamb vindaloo, and George Martin's 'crusty undies'.

All the Best!

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlightsweetcrude

Jim Morrison does not smell like vomit. Don't taint the amazing legend with a stench as putrid as throw up. Utter Blasphemy.

July 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzomxfoxyfoxyxbie

Hmm...old post, but absolutely agree with last comment. How bout Chivas Regal and the scent of naked women in heat?

December 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoonman

Amazing!!! I love these clips, they bring back memories.

January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

This is great, amazing taste in music, might I add.
Animal Collective is most definitely 100% accurate.

February 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

these are great ! post more

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStar Carlton

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