Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic Discuss Origins of 'New' Nirvana Song 'Forgotten Tune'

Band discuss recording "In Utero" ahead of September 23 reissue.

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Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have spoken about the writing and recording of Nirvana's "In Utero," shedding some light on the "new" track set to appear on the forthcoming reissue of the 1993 album.

"In Utero" is being reissued on September 23 with a package that includes a track called "Forgotten Tune." Speaking to NPR about the song, as well as what it was like to record the album alongside Kurt Cobain in a studio near Minneapolis, 20 years ago, Novoselic said that the riff of the song is actually around 25 years old.

"We found it and were like, what is this song? And I don't really remember," Novoselic said of "Forgotten Tune." "And [we were], like, what do you want to call it? And I'm like, I don't want to give it a name, so let's just call it 'Forgotten Tune' and let people make up their own minds what it is. But I remember the main riff in that tune was, like, from 1988 or something. Just trying to, like, bring back a riff. 'All Apologies' was from 1990, and 'Dumb' was a pre-'Nevermind' song.

Discussing further songs from the album, Novoselic continued: "'Pennyroyal Tea,' [Dave] and Kurt were getting crazy some night down in that apartment with a multi-track cassette recorder, and 'Pennyroyal Tea' came out of that. It's just kind of, like, there were new songs we were trying to revisit, old ideas ... 'Forgotten Tune' just represents that idea. 'Let's see if we can make something out of this.'"

Meanwhile, Grohl explained what the studio conditions were like during the making of the album. "It was, like, subzero arctic temperature. But that room where we recorded the stuff, the room sounded great and it was a comfortable place to be. And I remember sitting at my drums and Kurt was to my left and Krist was to my right, and we had proper isolation and we would track live together."

A remastered version of the iconic grunge band's third and final studio album is being released to mark its 20th anniversary. It will feature 70 tracks, including previously unreleased recordings and demos, B-sides and compilation tracks and live material featuring the band's final touring line-up of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear.

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    So 'Forgotten Tune' is pre-Bleach? wow. gotta hear it.
    Did you read the article? The riff is from before bleach yes, but it wasn't recorded then, Dave wasn't even in the band at that point. That song is just as much pre-bleach, as Call of Ktulu is pre-Kill 'em All.
    jeez, calm down, I meant the riff, not the recording. It's all a matter of perspective.
    Listened to the full interview at NPR.org yesterday. Very cool stuff. www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/09/09/220657501/dave -grohl-and-krist-novoselic-share-memories-unreleased-tracks- from-in-utero
    Anybody else besides me notice the writer of this article said there were only three Nirvana albums? Still, interesting stuff.
    Studio ones, yeah there's only three. Bleach, Nevermind and In Utero
    Incesticide was a studio album.
    It was a b-sides compilation.
    In which all material was recorded in a studio...
    It may be misleading, but studio album usually refers to the package of songs recorded and released together. 'Live album', 'compilation' and 'studio album' are terms relating to three specific things.
    Thank God for this article! My watch had run out of power, so I bought a new battery, but how do I set it to the right time? I suppose I *could* look in the bottom-right corner of my computer screen, but I'd have more confidence in waiting for UG to post someone else's article about Dave Grohl on their website to set the hour hand, and then another similar article about Dave Mustaine to set the second hand. Thanks UG, I'll never be late again!