Listen: 14 Unreleased Nirvana Demos Mysteriously Appear

New Nirvana, believe it or not

UPDATE: the soundcloud link has been removed and most of the YouTube videos have been taken down. We’ve included all the titled and videos that are still working. We will post the links when they become available again!

Over the weekend some Reddit users made a miraculous discovery. Specifically one Reddit user named r1ckyh1mself unearthed 14 unreleased demos from Nirvana from back in the day. While there’s no information about where it all came from or why, what we do know is that some
of the tracks came off of the infamous Sound City sessions.

Including an instrumental version of “Heart Shaped Box” and two versions of “Old Age” there’s a lot new Nirvana content to listen to. Take a listen down below, followed by descriptions of the songs by the Reddit user who unearthed everything.

Nirvana – Moist Vagina (Alt. Take) Recorded in February 12-26, 1993 Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN

 

Nirvana – Come As You Are (Alt. Take) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA

 

Sappy (Nevermind Outtake 1991) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA

“The band took another stab at recording Sappy at Sound City. Cobain played lead guitar while attempting to sing one live scratch vocal. He also made one formal vocal pass. After overdubbing the lead fuzz guitar with his Rat pedal, Cobain laid down his guitar and walked straight into the control room. I don’t want to do this, he insisted. I’m not into this song right now. So let’s leave it. The song is in a different key to that of previously recorded versions, it opens without instrumental intro and features a few lyrical changes, the guitar solo is also subtly different.”

Verse Chorus Verse (Alt. Take 1991) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
“The band recorded this track live, with Cobain providing a scratch vocal. Cobain then overdubbed three guitars to complement the bass and drums. Although the song was finished instrumentally, Cobain never recorded a formal lead vocal part.”

Scentless Apprentice (Demo – Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 BMG Ariola Ltda., Rio de Janeiro, BR
“Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip (Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 BMG Ariola Ltda., Rio de Janeiro”

Heart-Shaped Box (Instrumental 1993) Recorded in February 12-26, 1993 Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN
“This demo has different solo than album version.”

Polly (Alt. Mix) Recorded in April 2-6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison WI
“The rendition of Polly captured at this session was so successful that it was used on Nevermind. Vig recalls it as being the final track recorded.”

Here She Comes Now (Alt. Mix) Recorded in April 2-6, 1990 Smart Studios, Madison WI
Channing recalls Here She Comes Now as being one of the few takes that went smoothly at Smart, ”I was shocked we did that one”, he remembers, ”that was a fun song.” Novoselic says that the reason the band covered the song was because they’d been asked to by an indie label. ”Gary from Tupelo Records called up and said he was putting out a Velvet Underground tribute record, and he wanted us to play on it. We had never played that song before [the Smart sessions] and we hardly ever played it after. We just kind of hashed it out. We did that song in one take.”

Tourette’s (Alt. Mix) Recorded in February 12-26, 1993 Pachyderm Studios, Cannon Falls, MN

Old Age (Alt Take – Mix 1) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
“The band recorded this track live, with Cobain again providing a scratch vocal. It was quickly dropped after a guitar overdub was completed.”

Old Age (Alt. Take – Mix 2) Recorded in May-June, 1991 Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA
“The band recorded this track live, with Cobain again providing a scratch vocal. It was quickly dropped after a guitar overdub was completed.”

Milk It (Demo – Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 Ariola BMG Studios, Rio de Janeiro, BR

Onward Into Countless Battles (Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 Ariola BMG Studios, Rio de Janeiro, BR

I Hate Myself And Want To Die (Demo – Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 Ariola BMG Studios, Rio de Janeiro, BR

Seasons In The Sun (Alt. Mix) Recorded in January 19-21, 1993 Ariola BMG Studios, Rio de Janeiro, BR

Earth – Divine and Bright (Reissue)
“This wasn’t released today, but on a reissue of Dylan Carlson’s band Earth released in 2010, and has Kurt singing lead vocals along with Kelly Canary from the band “Dickless”. It’s a cool little song, and I’m surprised how many people never heard this before.”