2 Whole Hours of Early Nirvana Demos Have Emerged

Four cassette tapes of Nirvana demos have been released by a man who claims to have received them from Kurt Cobain.

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Four early Nirvana demos have been released online by a Washington musician who claims they were personally given to him by the late Kurt Cobain.

Two hours worth of music spread across four cassette tapes were uploaded onto YouTube by John Purkey. The demos from the 80s include early recordings which would be turned into the band’s debut studio album ‘Bleach’ (1989), and needless to say are very rare.

The tapes also include recordings of the band before Dave Grohl, when Chad Channing was on drums, along with tracks that feature Melvins drummer Dale Crover, who would eventually record drums for Nirvana’s debut album.

Another of the tapes is said to have ‘Nevermind’ demos, which would’ve been recorded in the 1990s prior to the arrival of Dave Grohl.

Purkey said that he previously kept the cassettes inside a metal box, which sat within a second metal box, and also claims that he developed a close relationship with Nirvana after watching them grow as a band in Washington.

If that wasn’t enough to get their fans excited, in late December of last year an unreleased recording from an acoustic Nirvana gig in 1991 was also shared online.

Listen to the tapes below.

Tape 1:

0:38 – “Paper Cuts”
05:03 – “Downer”
06:53 – “Beeswax”
09:52 – “Aero Zeppelin”
14:36 – “Floyd the Barber”
17:03 – “If You Must”
21:12 – Spank Thru
24:57 – “Mexican Seafood”
27:06 – “Pen Cap Chew”
30:06 – “Montage of Heck”

Tape 2:

00:47 – “Blandest”
04:37 – “Mr. Moustache”
08:23 – “Sifting Instrumental”
13:51 – “Blew”
16:52 – “Spank Thru”
20:08 – “Love Buzz” (Early Single Version?)
23:55 – “Big Cheese”

 

Tape 3:

00:00 – Intro
00:44 – “Immodium”
04:04 – “Pay to Play”
07:39 – “Sappy”
11:17 – “Polly”
14:19 – “In Bloom”
19:00 – “Lithium” (Mix 6)
23:31 – “Dive”

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