Rare Nirvana. Part 2

The second part in the series, giving on some more rare Nirvana tracks.

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Since the last one was (kinda) a success, here's part 2 to A Guide To Some Of Nirvana's Rarer Tracks.

01. Imodium 02. Pay To Play 03. Cracker 04. Here She Comes Now 05. Anorexocist 06. High On The Hog 07. Beans 08. Help Me 09. Oh, The Guilt 10. If You Must 11. Curmudgeon 12. Grey Goose/ Ain't It A Shame

Imodium

Imodium is simply an early version of the punk-rock classic, Breed, with alternate lyrics. The band decided to change the name to Breed to avoid lawsuit. The story behind the name Imodium, is that a friend of the band's was on Imodium (some sort of drug) and thought it would make a good name for a song (despite the fact it has no relation to the song).

Pay To Play

Another early version of a Nevermind classic, Pay To Play was the first version of Stay Away, with Pay To Play being sung in the chorus instead of Stay Away. The song was originally about bands having to pay to play gigs in bars and clubs. Pay to play was released on a DGC rarities compilation.

Cracker

The very first version of Polly sees the song being given a spooky, electric feel. Although the lyrics remained pretty much the same throughout the song's life, the title was originally Cracker, then Hitchiker, and eventually Polly.

Here She Comes Now

This is a cover of the Velvet Underground song, that the band performed live many times. It has been officially released on a Velvet Underground tribute compilation.

Anorexecist

Probably the rarest and most mysterious Nirvana track, some say this is the same song as Suicide Samarui. A version of the song under the title Anorexecist has never surfaced, so many don't believe this song exists.

High On The Hog

This is actually a band called TAD that Cobain toured with. On this song, Kurt provides vocals. This song is commonly mislabelled as Alcohol, because of the one line chorus.

Beans

A "quirky" song with a four note tune running throughout, this was confirmed by Nirvana's ex-drummer Chad Channing, to be authentic. It has also been confirmed it is, (rather strangely) Kurt Cobain singing on this track. It was left off of Bleach, as Sub Pop thought it was "retarded". Some versions have surfaced where somebody, at the beginning of the song is saying "I don't like you, I'm gonna beat you up."

Help Me

An unreleased song that was performed live on several occasions. In typical Nirvana fashion, the verse, ("Help me, I'm fucking happy, I'm fucking hungry, I'm fucking high") breaks into a chorus of Cobain manically screaming some uncomprehensable lyrics.

Oh, The Guilt

Released as a split single with the Jesus Lizard's song, Puss, Oh, The Guilt reached number 12 in the UK charts.

If You Must

The first track ever recorded in a studio by Nirvana, If You Must was the first track on the demo they recorded in Seattle. The demo also included Downer, Floyd The Barber, Beeswax and Pen Cap Chew.

Curmudgeon

The B-side to Lithium, this song was performed live just once, in Belgium. The content of the song, is bleak and depressing. ("I'm not sad, until I'm home") I think the song perhaps reflect Cobain's own feelings, of how he would never be happy despite how much money he had.

Grey Goose/ Ain't It A Shame

Recorded in 1989 with Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Trees (for his solo album), (Cobain and Nevosolic only recorded, not Chad Channing), this Leadbelly cover was one of three recorded at the session. Ain't It A Shame remains unsurfaced, and Where Did You Sleep Last Night was the only song of the three that made the album. Grey Goose, as far as I know, also remains unsurfaced.

Note On Nirvana Rarities

Remember that some Nirvana "rarities" found on the internet will be FAKE, for example Kurt's solo of Miss Robinson. He never did this song! In my Guide To Rare Nirvana, I am only gonna cover somgs that are confirmed to have been done by the band, (and if not, I will clearly label the song as fake). If you want to use my work on your website please email me first: the_legend_kurt@hotmail.com.

Well that's all for now, until part three...

43 comments sorted by best / new / date

    nirvana4lf
    REALLY awesome article and u got all ur facts straight. i am pretty sure that anorexocist is just another name for suicide samurai. all of these songs are availible on the Outcesticide collection. if you wanna buy those, go to a small record store where they trade cds and bootlegs, or else your not gonna find them. NIRVANA kicks ass
    feesk8ordie
    First, Anorexcesist is rare. Sure it was on Napster, but I'd like to see you find a copy on disc or tape. Also, people know songs were played live because of audience recordings and stuff. Plus, if everyone is honest, we all know the singles and hits are better than the rare stuff. It's just that the hits have got sooo.. boring to listen to, that listening to songs like Opinion and Sappy are a breath of fresh air.
    rhcpcure2826
    ^ i pity you, zsmith. yay, kurt cobain wrote the most generic beginner's song there is! not to mention, HE HATES SOCIETY! WHAT A GREAT MUSICIAN.
    shadowbox
    rhcpcure2826, shut up. The simplicity of the lyrics came at just the right time in rock history. He changed the direction rock was headed in. "WHAT A GREAT MUSICIAN"
    nirvanafan11111
    yeh and kurt was great musician just because he chose to play and write simple songs doesnt mean u r a crap musician geez some people really do just hav a go at peepz when they dnt even listen to their songs and HE DOES SOLO listen to heart shaped box or blew
    wil
    Anorexecist isn't that rare, I've heard it and I didn't have to try that hard. It used to regularly available on Napster before it all went tits up, sure its still out there somewhere. To be honest though, I wouldn't bother. It's awful. In fact, in my experience, unreleased Nirvana was more often than not unreleased for a reason. Too many people pretend to love rare Nirvana songs over the released stuff, but most of them are posers trying to be 'punk' and 'obscure'. Beans, for example, is fun to listen to now and then, but if I'd spent fifteen quid on an album and that was one of the tracks, I'd feel pretty cheated. Also, stuff like Immodium and Pay to Play are more like alternate versions than actual rare songs, aren't they? If you've got the original, they're a bit of a waste of time imo. One last point, or question- everyone talks about rare songs being played live at this or that show or being 'regularly played live' etc but has anyone ever found evidence of this? I have numerous Nirvana live bootlegs, and its more or less always the same set- the singles, plus the closest they get to a rare song in the once-unreleased 'Aneurysm'. Do these live songs really exist or is everyone part of an elaborate bluff?
    feesk8ordie
    Hey Guys, this is more of an advert than anyhting. But does anyone have any mp3's of any of the following? 1.Token Eastern Song (studio) 2.You Know your right (studio) 3.Big Long Now Live 4.MV 5.I hate myself and want to die (studio) 6.Oh, the Guilt (studio) 7.Aero Zeppelin (live) 8.Hairspray Queen (live) 9.Curmudgeon (studio) 10.Opinion (with the short interview at the start) If anyone's got these, please email me them (the_legend_kurt@hotmail.com) Please, please, please, any HUGELY appreciated.
    Martin Blank
    No, sweetheart. Anorexorcist/Suicide Samurai isn't that rare. I've had that song on Outcesticide 5 for about five friggin' years.
    patrick coleman
    nirvan kicks ass slash is sick at guitar thats sucks ass that kurt died in 1994 but he still lives in all of his fans ..R.I.P ..KURT.D.COBAIN
    kuddkrig
    feesk8ordie: Hey Guys, this is more of an advert than anyhting. But does anyone have any mp3's of any of the following? 1.Token Eastern Song (studio) 2.You Know your right (studio) 3.Big Long Now Live 4.MV 5.I hate myself and want to die (studio) 6.Oh, the Guilt (studio) 7.Aero Zeppelin (live) 8.Hairspray Queen (live) 9.Curmudgeon (studio) 10.Opinion (with the short interview at the start) I Have them all on mp3s.. exept 9 and 4
    sellout250
    no. curmedgeon was played TWICE. once in belgium, then in new york at the crocidile club. anorexicst was NOT played at the surfaced tacoma '87 party. i have this bootleg and set is as follows (as i remember): downer, aero zepplin, if you must, heartbreaker, how many more times, mexican sea food, pen cap chew, spank thru, hairspray queen (attempted 3 times). nope no anorexicst. and no anorexicst and suicide samuri arnt the same song.
    Luy
    Once again, your article is not even remotely close to accurate, and once again, I refer you to livenirvana.com
    feesk8ordie
    Correction: Im glad u all like my article but Curmudgeon was only played once live in belgium, (i think from the same show that the covered the end.) Anorexcesist is the smae song as Suicide Samarui, and they played it at the Tacoma '87 house party. and yes, I will be doing a part 3.
    Nesk_101
    Far better than part one. I have heard a few of these, and only have Here She Comes Now. I must being my search!
    the_reaper
    i meen BEGIN my search
    Do you realize you spelled "meen" wrong? It should be interesting to hear some of those songs.
    Cameo
    Heh, I have a friend with all the rare nirvana tapes. What a rich and lucky bitch. Too bad she went off the school...
    Damage_Inc_suey
    ROCK ON! I've heard curmudgen before, but except for that they're all new to me. Nirvana is pure awesomeness!
    OffspringPhreak
    pretty cool, there are some other rare Nirvana songs that you didn't mention that i wish you did, but it's hard to find these rare tracks with good sound quality, so i'm glad you put all the ones taht you knew for sure were real and stuff, good work.
    _1LaStTrY
    hey dude, imodium is not a drug. its a pill you take to stop diarrhea... you can buy them without prescriptions... other than that, nice article !
    rapeme
    lol i think its a tie of nirvana and ramones being the most overrated band. how many people do u see wearing ramones now a days? nirvana is still kool tho and the ramones
    sellout250
    Lick_Soloist: HOW DO YOU KNOW ALL THIS, ure one smart mother***er!! CHEERS!! Begin searching..... ok a couple of mistakes. one nirvana preformed curmudgeon TWICE in concert. anorexicist has been released, unofficially on their '87 KOAS show. sorry to be so picky but oh well
    JimmyJackrabbit
    Lick_Soloist: HOW DO YOU KNOW ALL THIS, ure one smart mother***er!! CHEERS!! Begin searching.....
    This stuff isn't hard to find, just google it. Nice article though.
    GuitaPlaya: is Lake of Fire a rare Nirvana song?
    No, it's a Meatpuppets cover on the Unplugged in New York album.
    civildp1
    hey dude, imodium is not a drug. its a pill you take to stop diarrhea... you can buy them without prescriptions... other than that, nice article !
    even though its over the counter its still a drug