More Previously Unheard NIRVANA Material Surfaces Online

More Previously Unheard NIRVANA Material Surfaces Online

The stream of previously unreleased NIRVANA/Kurt Cobain material that has been trickling out over the last week continued on Wednesday (August 5), when an acoustic demo of the song "Pennyroyal Tea" and the demo tape from Cobain's pre-NIRVANA band, FECAL MATTER, both surfaced online — although the latter was pulled down a short time later.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, the "Pennyroyal Tea" demo was recorded in the winter of 1990 at Cobain's home in Olympia, Washington by Cobain and Dave Grohl, nearly four years before the track appeared on NIRVANA's final studio album, "In Utero". The demo is slower, with Cobain singing in a more guttural voice.

Earlier this week, some 17 previously unheard NIRVANA recordings, comprised of demos and alternate mixes, mysteriously surfaced online from an unknown source.

At least four were recorded at the legendary Sound City during the 1991 "Nevermind" sessions, while others dated from the 1993 sessions for "In Utero". All but three have since been pulled offline, although the remaining trio include another take of "Pennyroyal Tea" and an alternate version of "Come As You Are".

Dave Grohl told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that NIRVANA recorded a lot of material that has never seen the light of day. "There's a lot of unreleased stuff that no one's ever heard," he said. "There's a lot of unreleased stuff that I've never heard. I mean, I was the fifth drummer. I didn't join until 1990, but spent a lot of time demoing and recording basement practices, and things like that."

A selection of unreleased recordings heard on the soundtrack of the recent documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", along with never-before-heard material from Kurt Cobain's personal archives, is due to be released in November. It is not clear if the music leaked online this week is related to that.

As for FECAL MATTER, the band was formed in 1985 by an 18-year-old Cobain, drummer Greg Hokanson, and future MELVINS drummer Dale Crover on bass.

The band's sole, 58-minute demo, "Illiteracy Will Prevail", was posted online for the first time ever this week, containing 13 punk rock tracks, but has since been yanked. At least one song on the demo is an early version of a NIRVANA cut called "Downer".


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).