Rare Nirvana

Here is a brief guide to some of Nirvana's rarer tracks.

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This is a brief guide to some of the rarer Nirvana tracks.

Tracks covered:

01. Bambi Slaughter 02. Spank Thru 03. Suicide Samarui 04. Opinion 05. Sappy 06. I Hate Myself And I Want To Die 07. Do You Love Me 08. You Know You're Right 09. Blandest 10. The Money Will Roll Right In 11. Even In His Youth 12. Token Eastern Song 13. Marigold 14. Pen Cap Chew 15. Verse Chorus Verse

Bambi Slaughter

This track, apparently one of the mysterious Fecal Matter demo tape, tells the story of a small boy who decides to pawn his Mom and Dad's wedding rings. The trance like guitar riff gives a strange effect to the song, reminiscent of the style of Downer.

Spank Thru

Another one of the Fecal Matter songs this song would later appear on the Sub Pop 200 compilation (this version featuring Jack Endino on backing vocals), and a live version would appear on From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah. The song is about masturbation, ("I can beat it, I can spank it, masturbate it").

Suicide Samarui

As far as I know, only one version of this Fecal Matter song has surfaced. The slashing guitar riff gives the song a real edge and agression about it. When Fecal Matter went to Kurt's Aunt Mary's house to record it, she said she was troubled by the lyrics, but thought it was just "Teenager stuff."

Opinion

Hailed as the greatest Nirvana rarity by many, this song is actually just Kurt, on an acoustic guitar at a radio station. The song, which is only about 90 seconds long, could possibly be about success and the opinions of the public about Nirvana's music. Kurt claimed to have written the song on the way to the radio station, and after performing it, asked "Don't you think that song sounds like taxman?"

Sadly for those who heard it, it was only ever performed that once.

Sappy

This melodic track follows the theme of confinement and imprisonment, ("He'll keep you in a jar, and you'll think your happy"). It featured on the No Alternative compilation. A great Nirvana track.

I Hate Myself & I Want To Die

As bleak as the title is, this song is actually not depressing in the slightest. The track starts with a lot of high pitched feedback, before the grudgy, tuned-down guitar riff breaks in. The chorus is merely one line, altough whether it's "In the someday, what's that song?" or "In the someday what's that sound?" is unclear to me.

However it is a great track, and can be found on the soundtrack to The Beavis And Butthead Experience.

Do You Love Me

A fairly straight cover of the Kiss song, that would later appear on a Kiss tribute compilation. Interesting for being the only track Nirvana ever recorded to feature second guitarist, Jason Everman.

You Know You're Right

The last song ever recorded by Nirvana, this song's lyrics clearly reflect Cobain's feelings during the last through months of his life. Lines like "Nothing really bothers her, she just wants to love herself," reflect Kurt's feelings about Courtney Love, then wife, and the line "Never speak another word, I will crawl away for good" reflect Kurt's feelings about himself. This song was only ever played live once, but when it was the band announced to the title to be "Autopilot". It was later changed to "You Know You're Right" and then released on the Greatest Hits album in 2002.

Blandest

This Nirvana track is quite early (Bleach-era). After recording it, Kurt asked Jack Endino to demolish the tape, as he was embarassed by the vocals. He later regretted it, when he wanted to release it on "Incesticide".

The Money Will Roll Right In

Performed at the Reading festival in August 1992, this is a great cover of the Fang song.

Even In His Youth

The B-side to SLTS, this is an excellent track. The lyrics show Kurt's feeling about not only himself, but also his father. ("Daddy was ashamed he was nothing") Originally recorded in 1989, but then remastered in '91 for the... Teen Spirit single.

Token Eastern Song

This song was one of the songs that was recorded in the Nevermind sessions, (along with Sliver And Sappy) but didn't make it to the album, along with the other two mentioned. The song is often mislabeled as Junkyard or Born in a Junkyard, as that is the one line chorus; Cobain screaming "Born in a Junkyard!" about 7 or 8 times.

Marigold

The only Nirvana original not written or sung by Kurt Cobain, (written and sung by Dave Grohl) is a soft acoustic song. Released on the Pocketwatch cassette, and then later as the B-side to Heart Shaped Box.

Pen Cap Chew

Another of the Fecal Matter songs, the crunchy, but muddy guitar riff starts this song off. The soft verse later leads into the raving, screaming of the chorus. This is perhaps the earliest evidence of Nirvana's signature quiet-loud sound, that would later become legendary in songs such as Lithium.

Verse Chorus Verse

Quite regularly played live, this song really is teriffic, and probably the best Nirvana rarity. The theme of the song is drug overdosing and self harm. At one stage this was going to be the name of Nirvana's third album (In Utero). Despite this, the song never even featured on the album.

Thanks for reading, I hope to do a second part soon.

91 comments sorted by best / new / date

    d_brow
    actually.....the song...in his hands was confirmed by krist to be named verse chorus verse, sappy is the actual song name of the track that appears on the no laternative soundtrack.....and yes sappy had a video...it was a tribute to kurt
    cyco_bob56
    also did anyone know that 'sappy' had a video? i think it came out after his death because it looked like it was made in the same style as the one for 'y.k.y.r.'
    cyco_bob56
    'sappy' and 'in his hands' were both going to be titled 'verse chorus verse' but kurt decided only 'sappy' wouldnt be. also there is a slower-shorter-acoustic version of 'sappy' called 'sad' and a live version of 'in his hands' out there. i had them but my computer screwed up and i had to reset it. also the latest rarity i heard come out was 'come on death' which is kinda heavy. anyways, good article. R.I.P. kurt.
    guitarshroom
    for ppl who said you know your right isnt a rarity it was before because it was only put on the greatist hits record after kurt was dead and almost al the versions off the internet are takin from the same concert and are pretty low quality sound nirvna rules are good article cheers
    mageezer
    that wasn't to accurite it got some of the facts wrong but it was a pretty good little dodad RIP kurdt cobain man woot most of those aren't that rare either
    dive-inme
    die die die first kill me...first kill me for being such an unfortunate person who couldnt attend any nirvnaa gig when kurt was alive. Nirvana is forever I miss KURT(R.I.P).
    Rock_Fan02
    i havent heard many of those songs ive only heard I Hate Myself and I Want to Die and You Know You're Right o and has anyone heard the song Cocaine Girl thats supposed to be a rare song how come its not in there?
    scionist
    Great article. Nirvana maybe more than 10 years old but it's more than 10 times better than the crap they call music in these days. I don't know most of the songs. THIS BOX BETTER COME OUT SOON!!!..
    abhängig
    blah...nothing new.have all these songs.there were few mistakes in this article [vcv and sappy are the same songs with only minor differences + song meanings]btw most of these songs are are featured on outcesticides.check out nirvanasongs.com -> an awesome site with detailed info and song meanings.
    feesk8ordie
    Thx again guys for ur comments. I heard almost all these songs on the outcesticide series. if ur a fan of nirvana i'd seriously recommend it. I bought a set of the five cd's (cd-r's unfortunately, but o well)which contains over 100 rarities altogether for 11.50, which is about $16. Best bargain I ever bought
    joeye487
    another amazing song is "half the man i used to be" seriously, you guys should try and get it, it has to be one of my personal faves and its (to my knowledge) super rare
    That's a Stone Temple Pilot song.
    nirvana4lf
    nirvanafan111..: and sliver wasnt recorded in the nevermind sessions it was recorded on tour with the melvins in 1989
    wrong!! the one he is talking about was the one on incesticide and nirvana - a studio recorded version, that was in fact recorded in 1990 with dave grohl on drums!!!.. and you know you're right WAS a rarity until 2002, when it was officially released. before that, there was only autopilot, an early live version, available on outcesticide 5. and also just remember that kurt didnt kill himself, but was murdered, staged to be a suicide, courtney being behind it (but not the murderer). oh yeah, cocaine girl i think is a fake song, like @$$hole and loser.
    Gurgle!Argh!
    jackv123, its called irony.... For the record.. Kurt blatantly comitted suicide, the whole thing about Courtney having him killed is total bullshit.
    sappy_8290
    yeah spank thru isnt on nevermind. the hidden track is about 10mins after something in the way n its called "endless nameless" which is also on "with the light out" boxset.
    slash_015
    good list but spank thru is on Nevermind ;.....The best is sappy (verse chorus verse)
    boner
    jakv die, nirvana is amazing and I know lot's of poepl who love hearing stuff like I Hate Myself and Wanna Die (great song)
    CobainGrrl415
    w/ the amount of heroin that kurt had in his system, he wouldnt hav died but he wouldnt have been able to put the gun to his mouth a pull the trigger
    darkstar9814
    Look at the facts gurgle!argh! Cobain had 3 times the lethal amount of heroin in his body when he died. There's no way he could have pulled the trigger with that much in his body. Plus, a few days befor courtney had payed a hit man $15,000 to kill Kurt. The guy later admitted that she did in 1996 and he was later killed. Also, courtneys dad even says she killed him, he's wrote a book on it. courtney love should be thrown in jail
    he didnt pull the trigger, the heroin alone wouldve killed him
    GuitaPlaya
    Look at the facts gurgle!argh! Cobain had 3 times the lethal amount of heroin in his body when he died. There's no way he could have pulled the trigger with that much in his body. Plus, a few days befor courtney had payed a hit man $15,000 to kill Kurt. The guy later admitted that she did in 1996 and he was later killed. Also, courtneys dad even says she killed him, he's wrote a book on it. courtney love should be thrown in jail
    totally warped
    do they have these songs on any albms at the momment? or are they just putting on this box set? does anyone know how much its going to cost? damn i aint buyin it if the money goes 2 courtney love stupid btch hired a hitman 2 kill him. eurgh h8 her!
    FAG_KILLER
    "you know your right" was aslo known as "on the mountian" and the version i have is a live recording meaning it was played atleast TWICE
    cobaininin
    jackv123 if you ever heard the song you would know it isnt depressing so shut the hell up slash is pretty cool
    jackv123
    nirvana are depressing. "i hate myself and want to die" who wants to hear shit like that. ps SLASH RULES!!!..
    feesk8ordie
    Corrections to all: Sliver was recorded in the studio in '90 with Dan Peter's on drums. Dave says 'this is our last song, it's called AUTOPILOT, and VCV and Sappy are completely diffrent songs. Cocaine girl and a$$hole, (which is a cover of Opinion by an unknown band) are fakes, but Loser is a song by a band named TAD with Kurt on vocals.
    sellout250
    iight. i got corrections. sliver was indeed recorded in '90, but it had DAN PETERS of mudhoney on drums. the video for sappy looks very fan made. nirva.nu said its an unofficial video so yeah. autopilot is the bootlegger name. dave is apparently saying "this is our last song its called all apologies" according to livenirvana. money will roll right in was preformed often in early '92.
    foster_mustaine
    Nirvana will always be revered in my book for getting rid of 80's hair metal. Oh my god that was some crappy music. If you'll notice every time you turn around someone's finding "lost" nirvana tracks, Cobain must've had a freaking stockpile of 'em.
    alleyrat
    if you're going to play the first riff for "Man Who Sold the World" Learn the f***.. chords to it!!!
    Luy
    wow, a TON of the info in this article is incorrect. Check out www.livenirvana.com -> Sessions History for info on those songs, and more.
    systemetatic
    I have all of those with the exception of "Verse Chorus Verse" ... and they aren't that rare - just look on the internet. Rare in hard recordings perhaps, but not on P2P networks. And as "You Know You're Right" has been released on the greatest hits album - it cannot be considered rare in any form. That said, an interesting article...
    aliceinnirvana
    I really love "The Money Will Roll Right In" Fang cover. It's great, as all of these are. I love Nirvana...