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    9. "U-Mass"

    Album: Trompe Le Monde Year: 1991

    Kurt Cobain was famously quoted several times as saying that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was his attempt to rip off the Pixies, employing the quiet/loud contrast sound that the Pixies were so well known for, and many point to this song. If you listen to the chorus that kicks in at around 1:12, you can hear the similarity. But the influence goes way beyond the song format. The song was partially written while Francis and Santiago were still at the University of Massachusetts, and it encapsulates the apathy of a couple outsiders poking fun at the world surrounding them.