Welcome to the 3rd (and probably final) part of A Guide To Rare Nirvana
Tracks covered this section:
01. It's Closing Soon/ Old Age 02. D-7 03. Moist Vagina 04. More Than A Feeling 05. Montage Of Heck 06. Escalator To Hell 07. Dough, Ray & Me 08. Baba O'Reighly 09. Black & White Blues 10. Heartbreaker 11. Moving In Stereo 12. My Best Friend's Girl 13. Formalahyde 14. Buzz Cut
It's Closing Soon/ Old age
This is a Kurt & Courtney duo found on the 1993 Rio Tape. I think the only other song that has surfaced from this tape is Old Age. Apparently a genuine 1 minute clip of Old Age is circulating. There is dispute as to whether the song (Old Age) was written by Kurt or Courtney.
A great cover of the Wiper's song, D-7 was recorded in the 1990 Peel Session (the same session that brought us Son Of A Gun, Molly's Lips And Turnaround.) This song was rarely played live, but featured as an encore at Nirvana's 1992 Reading festival performance.
An In Utero out take that didn't make the album, this song was originally to be titled 'Moist Vagina, and then she blew him like he's never been blown, brains stuck all over the wall' but was abbreviated to MV. It was later covered by Sonic Youth.
More Than A Feeling
Smells Like Teen Spirit was often commented to have "borrowed" it's legendary intro riff from this Boston classic. Nirvana once played a sample of MTAF to introduce Teen Spirit, but this was more to mock the allegations than anything.
Montage Of Heck
Often mislabellled 'Noise Bleed' this is a, shall we say, collage of audio clips from movies, songs, and TV shows, as well as Kurt experimenting with backwards talking, made by Cobain on his 4 track. The "song" also features a snippet of a track, presumably titled 'The Lanlord Is A Piece Of Shit From Hell' which features Krist Nevosolic singing this one line over a sludgy guitar riff.
Escalator To Hell
Sometimes called 'Montage Of Heck Part II' this follows the same theme as MOH, as it is compiled by snippets of songs, movies etc. Like Montage Of Heck, Kurt made this on his 4 track.
Dough, Ray & Me
One of the rarest of the rare, this is one of the last ever recordings made by Cobain, in his basement with Eric Erlandson and Pat Smear. Apparently there are two known recordings, one has surfaced under the name 'Me And My IV'
A cover of the well known "The Who" song, Cobain replaces the lyric 'I hope I die before I get old' to 'I hope I die before I get like Pete Townsend'
Black & White Blues
A two minute instrumental of Kurt playing bluesy riffs on an acoustic guitar. This has confirmed to be authentic.
Apparently Nirvana played a bit of this Zeppelin classic at their first ever performance (a house party in Tacoma 1987) but the song broke down after Kurt forgot the lyrics.
Moving In Stereo
This cover of the Cars' song was played in Munich, (March 1st, 1994) which was the last show Nirvana ever played. The song ended the set, so is therefore significant for being the last song ever performed by Nirvana.
My Best Friend's Girl
Another Cars' song from the Munich show, there is nothing too noteable about this song, except that as far as I know, it was only ever played that once.
Sometimes called 'Bullshit Jam' this is a jam of the band playing the Carmen opera theme tune, I think at a house party. Quite rare, I've never heard a recording of this song.
When Love Buzz was first recorded for Bleach, it was going to have a 45 second long intro, that was made up of clips from children's records. The intro was later cut to 10 seconds, before being abandoned altogether. However it still exists under the name 'Buzz Cut'.
That's all for now. I may do a part 4 if I can find enough info on other Nirvana rarities, but possibly not.
Peace out and R.I.P Kurt Cobain.
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