Or at least she used to. From the new Jane (via Eliza Jane):

“When I was growing up, my mom was very busy, always at work, and I never got the girly talks. So you know the commercials for women’s products that are like, ’To be fresh down there’? I thought deodorant was the same thing, something people used like…” She pantomimes her hand around her neck and then her crotch. “Like it’s only if you’re not fresh! So I never wore any. It was my seventh-grade year, I was in athletics, and my friends always called me Smelly Kelly. I thought it was just ’cause it rhymed, but it wasn’t. It was literally ’cause I smelled. Finally one of my friends said to me, ’Dude, do you know about deodorant?’ And I was like, ’What?’ Then I yelled at my mother. How do you not tell your daugher that she needs deodorant? How do you not do that?”

Sometimes being Miss Independent backfires. If anyone sees Smelly Kelly during this week’s heat wave, pass on the deodorant reminder from Stereogum. It’s OK, she doesn’t know what a blog is. Here’s seventh-grade Kelly so you have the proper visual…

Previously: “Since U Been Gone” Gets Covered By Ted Leo, Kidz.

Comments (37)
  1. saradish  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    Smelly or not smelly, I loooooove Kelly Clarkson. Her live stuff is absolutely amazing! I remember when my brother accidentally passed gas in front of my girlfriends when we were in the 8th grade and he was in 6th. He didn?t live that down until college!

  2. saradish  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    Smelly or not smelly, I loooooove Kelly Clarkson. Her live stuff is absolutely amazing! I remember when my brother accidentally passed gas in front of my girlfriends when we were in the 8th grade and he was in 6th. He didn?t live that down until college!

  3. I didn’t think it was possible to love more, but somehow I have managed to find even more love in my heart for Miss Kelly Clarkson.

  4. rohallma  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    she may have had BO in junior high, but since u been gone is the only pop song i’ve really liked in about two years. so props to you, smelly kelly.

  5. Irish  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    wow. is it national suck-kelly-clarkson’s-dick-off day? i just read the same comment five times. Doesn’t anybody hate anymore???

  6. I’m so in love.

  7. please no time for poo

  8. Blu  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    So she was pudgy and smelly, now she’s just pudgy… and that’s okay!

  9. nelson  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    Ha! So much snarkiness to be had with this.

    1) Ewwww, who Clarksoned?

    2) (setting: mother and daughter walking on the beach)
    “Mom, do you ever get that Kelly Clarkson feeling?”

    3) Since she’s been gone, I can breath for the first time.

  10. that’s such a hot pic of her…

  11. Yale Bloor  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    Gummer, becareful posting pix like this with the strange story line it could get you on a pedifile watch list…lets stick with Brit

  12. calliwell  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    I don’t get it, why would he be on the Pedophile watch list for an old childhood pic? That would make people who own yearbooks suspects too.

  13. Crimson4Ever  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    If there is one thing you need to learn in life, calliwell, it is to never trust a Yalie. They are a strange breed who will simultaneously look down on you while making laughably egregious spelling mistakes. Oh, and that goes doubly so for those that are overly cautious about being identified as pedophiles.

    Mammas, please don’t let your babies grow up to be Yalies.

    P.S. – What do Yale and Harvard students have in common? They both got in to Yale.

  14. yepyep  |   Posted on Jul 27th, 2005 0

    enough with the kidz bop covers!! kids (and kidz) suck. it’s even worse when they sing. ENOUGH.

  15. Crimson4Ever  |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2005 0

    BTW, you’re good shit, Yale Bloor, always posting tracks and stuff. I was just having a little fun so don’t take me seriously.

  16. Billy K  |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2005 0

    Might I just take a moment to mention that Kelly clarckson did not write or produce ‘Sicne You Been Gone.” And although it is a great pop tune, ANYONE with a decent voice could’ve cut that track. She was probably done in 15 minutes.

    P.S. It was written by the same guy what wrote “I Want it That Way” and “Baby One More Time,” “It’s My Life” and “The Sign” for Ace of Base: Max Martin. He’s a Swede, like all good poppers should be.

  17. Trisha  |   Posted on Jul 28th, 2005 0

    So what if she didn’t write her own material. Faith Hill doesn’t, Celine Dion doesn’t, Whitney Houston doesn’t, Opera singers don’t, Broadway singers don’t…it’s not as though this is something new. How do you think songwriters make their money…duh! Just because she didn’t write doesn’t mean she isn’t talented. What about the people who write but can’t sing? Should we cast them aside as no talents too? She is a SINGER…not a WRITER. There are people who have been gifted with both talents, some not. It takes a good singer to make the written words have life…feeling. Isn’t that what a broadway musical is? Atleast she CAN sing…she proved she could keep a tune without all the processing that most of the artist’s today require to even sound half way decent. Kelly Clarkson is great…pop idol or not, I’ve heard her sing live and the girl has the pipes. I’m so sick of people thinking that just because you don’t write doesn’t mean you don’t have credibility as an artist; take it from this singer…it just isn’t true.

  18. gina  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2005 0

    i think you people are so ridiculous,so what if back then she did’nt know about deodorant,you know,we were all kids at one time or another and i don’t think any of us were ever perfect even if we thought so,i think you’re just jealous and have to find a way to pick on someone for no reason.Lets state the facts,she has an incredible voice,she is beautiful,sexy and above all a descent person,and you nit pickers have to find something bad to say about her,i know what your mother did’nt tell you “don’t say anything,if you have nothing good to say about someone” talk about not being taught by your mother” people in glass houses should’nt throw stones” so keep your crap to yourself

  19. tiarna perkins  |   Posted on Aug 12th, 2005 0

    you rock i love your new song
    how old are you

  20. Julio Garcia  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2005 0

    ROCK ON GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. AngryBlackMan  |   Posted on Aug 27th, 2005 0

    Kelly Clarkson sucks, dawg. I mean the crap comin out ma butt sounds better than that SHiznIt. Pop is crap.

    PS:If I don’t keep this G-rated, I could go off about that fool all week

  22. charlotte ainley  |   Posted on Sep 12th, 2005 0


  23. unkown  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2005 0

    i think kelly clarkson is the best singer there ever was!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Freaking hell if you don’t like someone why don’t you just stay away from pages about them? Nobody forces you to listen to them or read articles about them. And just because you don’t like a style of music doesn’t make it CRAP, it’s an opinion. Posting messages like that is a waste of time cause you ain’t gonna change anyones mind.

    Kelly Clarkson is awesome. I’m seeing her live tonight!!

  25. Nobody's boyfriend  |   Posted on Jan 12th, 2006 0

    I do not care about this whole low hygine thing. I hate Kelly cause she was originally a brunette. I am trying all I can to stop falling in love with all my pics and posters of her; dark hair or not. Her music obviously sucks. Furthermore, the point is, blonde or brunette, Kelly Clarkson is a greedy person who gets what she wants despite being such a sore loser and always cheats at things. We can also blame her for making American Idol even worse by “paving the way” for other jerks like Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard, nad Fantasia to become not just American Idols, but American Renegades. It is again proof that anyone from the state of Texas deserves less out of life due to their demanding and impolite behavior. Before I go, here’s an analogy: When it comes to destroying music, Kelly Clarkson is to popular music as the Hammond organ is to ruining the bejesus out of everything too. Have a nice day and remember to hate Kelly and everything that reminds you of her.

  26. Kelly Clarkson sucks.She sounds like a bad corrs singer or a bad not even close mariah .Her awards are a curtisy so idol has some creditblity.She sucks and her songs sound like any not so great singer out there.You folled some ,but not me .go back to waitress.

  27. yall r just haters and need to keep ur bad comments to urself. KELLY CLARKSON IS AWESOME!!!

  28. and dont even say its because shes a texan cuz thats bullshit

  29. oh i used to fuck her when she was 14. Yeah we were the shit dawg adn she did’n smell then…that pussy was as clean as clean could be. i ul;timately dumped her or a skinnier cheerleader who gave better head but kely liked it in the butt from day 1, so i guess i now know i made a mistake and should have rode her to the top .haha

  30. Your Mom  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2007 0

    Kelly Clarkson freakin’ blows. I have Sirius Sattelite Radio and, well, I may as well have signed up for Kelly Clarkson Sattelite radio. She’s annoying and is everywhere, much to my dismay. She needs to eat dookie.

  31. Your Mom  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2007 0

    Kelly Clarkson freakin’ blows. I have Sirius Sattelite Radio and, well, I may as well have signed up for Kelly Clarkson Sattelite radio. She’s annoying and is everywhere, much to my dismay. She needs to eat dookie.

  32. Noah  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2007 0

    Kelly Clarkson sounds like an overweight cat on LSD. Since You Been Gone is one of the most obnoxious, repulsive songs ever conceived by any person in any period of history, outside of genres like death metal and so forth. I can’t figure out why people like her so much. I went to conservatory (The Eastman School of Music) which is considered the third highest conservatory in the nation (and probably the world), after The Curtis Institute and Juilliard (where Jewel attended), and I can tell you that Kelly Clarkson is horrendous, even by the standards of her own musical genre. It’s ultra-estrogenic, synthetically angry, very artificial and obnoxious stuff. I’d much rather listen to Hanson, The Backdoor Boys, or even a cat partially caught in a meat grinder than Kelly Clarkson. I’d listen to her only under the threat of Limp Bizkit or some such band.

    If you want a great musician in the pop genre, try Little Richard. His music is from the heart, passionate, and just makes you wanna dance! I can’t believe people ignore him so much nowadays. He was truly one of the greats of popular music. And you can’t forget about Jewel either. Even though I personally don’t care for her music, she attended Juilliard, the second best conservatory in the WORLD. Her voice is literally opera quality, as voices should be, because she initially trained to perform opera at Juilliard before she dropped out and started to write her own music. Mariah Carey is also just incredible, the kind of musical and technical talent she possesses is just beyond human conception.

    Last, but not least (my real point), why does everybody hate classical? The kinds of beauty and love and joy and eloquence in classical music is just beyond words. Why throw it all away for no reason? Why not get into it? Just like we get into a good laugh, or a good hug with somebody we really love, why not get into those emotions with music?


  33. HAWA  |   Posted on May 8th, 2007 0

    Anybody who was talking abou f***ing kelly needs to stop, thats just nasty, she’s awesome, so say something postive


  35. CheesWhizRox  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2007 0

    Okay, let me just get this out. I fuckin think Kelly Clarkson blows ass. The bitch just plain sucks dick for a living. I hate her music and I wish they would quit playing it on the fucking radio. Her goddamn CDs should be burned. She’s nothing but corporate mainstream bullshit ass cunt crap and I’m tired of it.

  36. CheesWhizRox  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2007 0

    Oh yeah, anyone who posts shit like “you need to stop talking about Kelly”… what the fuck are you, her fucking mother? The bitch got herself into the mindless bullshit ass mainstream spotlight, she can fend for her own ugly talentless ass. My shit splashing into the toilet bowl sounds better than her best. Peace out dogs. Keep it gangsta.

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