Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 83: Smells Like Teen Spirit

90s novellaWelcome to an entire week (minus Monday, because Monday) of RNRHS posts celebrating the release of ’90s Playlist, a Romance Rewind Anthology! This collection includes six all-new novellas about sex, love, and being young in the ’90s, inspired by some of the most iconic songs from the decade. Even better, it’s available at the why-are-we-still-talking price of 99 cents. Do yourself a favor and pick up your copy now! Today’s post was dictated to Rebecca Grace Allen, a past contributor to RNRHS, by James Griffith, the hero in her story Smells Like Teen Spirit. Here we are now, James. Entertain us…

James Griffith, Somewhere in the bowels of Long Island, NY, Class of ’92

Currently: Senior at Pearce College. Generally known to waste time playing music. Occasionally goes to a class or twelve.

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: My Kermit the Frog poster. Kermit performed with Doctor Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. It counts.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: New Kids on the Block. Just kidding—I’m a Donnie fan.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: July 13, 1991. Pearl Jam at the Marquee Room in NYC. I broke my curfew and was grounded for the rest of the summer, but it was so worth it.

Best high school make-out song: I Touch Myself. Just kidding. It’s I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd. Chicks really dug the multi-colored outfits those guys wore. (If I’m being serious, it’s really Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence. Damn song still gets to me.)

TheHierarchyOfNeedsCover-266x400James Griffith is the hero in Rebecca Grace Allen’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, from the Romance Rewind Anthology, ’90s Playlist. You can find out more about Rebecca and her books, including her latest, The Hierarchy of Needs, at

Check back tomorrow for a RNRHS installment from Jill Kramer, the heroine in Audra North’s Worthwhile!




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