Pre-Nirvana Tracks

Please note that pre-"Nirvana" is the time period before the band were named "Nirvana" in February 1988. Please also note there are many songs that cross over between "Skid Row (etc) and "Nirvana".
  

Organized Confusion (December 1982)

 
Song Title
 
Description
Unknown Kurt's first attempt at a demo, recorded at his Aunt Mari Earl's house in Burien. Intsruments used were Kurt's electric guitar, Aunt Amri's bass and an empty pink Samsonite suitcase (prviously belonging to Kurt's mum) with a set of wooden spoons as drum sticks!

  
Brown Towel (1985)

 
Song Title
 
Description
Unknown Kurt's first gig featuring himself reciting poetry over improvised music from Dale Crover and Buzz Osbourne from the Melvins

  
Fecal Matter - Demo (Early 1985)

 
Song Title
 
Description
The Monkees (Theme) Featuring Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar), Greg Hakanson (bass) & Dale Crover (drums), this demo was mainly instrumental due to a lack of P.A. Demo recorded on Crover's boombox in Greg's bedroom 
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Carbona Not Glue
others?

     
Fecal Matter - Demo (Mid 1985)

 
Song Title
 
Description
Unknown Featuring Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar), Greg Hakanson (bass) & Dale Crover (drums), this demo was recorded in the bathrrom of the Bong resisdence, Moclips

  
Fecal Matter - Demo (Early 1986)

 
Song Title
 
Description
Various Cobain solo recording of guitar riffs, some of which featured on the "Illiteracy Will Prevail" demo

   
Fecal Matter - 15 Track Demo (Easter 1986)

 
Song Title
 
Bootleg Title
Working Title

Unconfirmed Alternative Title
Incorrectly Used Song Title

Length

Description
Sound of Dentage    3.33 Heavy hard rock sounding song with lyrics like "come over here for a second, I want you to see something, why is this happening to me? Why is this real?"
Reefer Madness Excerpts Sound Collage
Commercials
1.17 A short sound collage
Bambi Slaughter Bambie Kill
Bambi Kill
3.31 It features a very heavy Melvins-like guitar riff 
Laminated Effect* Made Not Born
White, Lace and Strange
2.20 A cross between of the old MTV theme, and "Stay Away"
Unknown #1* Control
Love Me Wife
2.41 A heavy riff laden fast rocker
Unknown #2*  Punk Rocker 4.01 Contains lyrics "You get your clothes full of holes, you spray your hair, and then you become a punk. I'm a punk rocker". It has a Butthole Surfers style solo at the end 
Unknown #3* I Don't Want You
Blathers Log
Boatakk
2.09 Backing vocals provided by Dale Crover, Kurt starts coughing at the end, instrumental version at end of demo
Unknown #4* Love My Family
Annorexorcist
9.05 Includes the verse and chorus from the song Anorexorist, but has a totally different intro and outro It may be more then one song mashed together The total track time is 9 minutes so it is definitely a possibility 
Unknown #5* Accusations 4.57 Starts with an extremely tacky intro of Kurt and Dale saying "Buzza Buzza, Bees, Biz" The song also has backing vocals from Dale Stereotypical punk rock sound 
Spank Thru
(Also see released section)
See released section 3.54 An early version of the Nirvana song
Unknown #6* Insurance 1.31 A song with very un-Kurt sounding vocals 
Class of '86 Buffy's Pregnant 4.23 Contains lyrics such as "Buffy's pregnant, we'll fit the class, we'll debate who's got the nicest ass, spread her mind games" Kurt impersonates a cheerleader expressing her anger towards high school losers and talks about "beating up punk rock faggots", and then Kurt goes on to scream "clones!" several times
Unknown #7* Vaseline 2.31 Contains the lyrics "the birds and bees"
Downer (Instrumental)
(Also see album tracks section)
   3.17 An early, slower instrumental version of the Nirvana song, which appears to two have two versions - one with vocals, and one without 
Unknown #8* I Don't Want You
Blathers Log
Boatakk
1.54 The instrumental version of Unknown #3

  
Cobain Solo (Summer 1986)

 
Song Title
 
Description
Venereal Girl An exercise in weird pop parody
Let's Roll, Diamond Dave!
Quad
others?

  
Electrifiedshitfuck Demo (Summer 1986)

 
Song Title
 
Description
Jam Featuring Kurt Cobain (guitar), Shawn Murray (vocals) and Steve Schillinger (drums), a experimental noise band jam recorded at Dave Crover's house 

  
The Sell Outs (1986)

 
Song Title
 
Description
Creedence Clearwater Revival songs A Creedence Clearwater Rival cover band performing as The Sell Outs. Featuring Krist Novoselic (vocals, guitar), Steve Newman (bass) & Kurt Cobain (drums!). The band only lasted as little as 5 or 6 band practices

   
Bob McFadden Try Out (Autumn/Winter 1986)

 
Song Title
 
Description
You're Trash A 2 hour long try out session above Maria's Hair Design, Aberdeen with local drummer Robert McFadden. Featuring Kurt Cobain (guitar) and Krist Novoselic (bass)

    
The Stiff Woodies (1986)

 
Song Title
 
Description
Gasoline & Vaseline  Kurt and Krist get back together in a band and played live once at the Pourhouse, Aberdeen

 
Skid Row, Pen Cap Chew, Windowframe, Throat Oyster, Ted Ed Fred, Bliss) (1987 - February 1988)

Originals

 
Song Title
 
Bootleg Title
Working Title

Unconfirmed Alternative Title
Incorrectly Used Song Title
Length Recordings
Annorexorcist Raunchola
Run, Rabbit, Run
Suicide Samurai
2.30 - The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo' - 17 April 1987
  
   Also recorded:-
- Practice Tape - Summer 1987
Unknown 0.36 - Practice Tape - Summer 1987
Unknown Mrs. Butterworth 4.08 - Practice Tape - Summer 1987
Unknown 4.52 - Practice Tape - Summer 1987

  
Covers

 
Song Title
 
Incorrectly Used Song Title Recordings
Gypsies Tramps and Thieves
(Cher)
  - Boombox Demo Recording - Summer 1987

   Also recorded:-
- Practice Tape - 1987
Love Buzz
(Shocking Blue)
Can You Feel
Drugs
Get Together
Lovebuzz
Love Box
Love Bug
- The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo' - 17 April 1987
  
   Also recorded:-
- Practice Tape - Summer 1987
White Lace and Strange
(Thunder and Roses)
Adorn
Laminated Effect
Lemon Song
Made Not Born
- The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo' - 17 April 1987


Eventual Nirvana Songs

 
Song Title
 
Incorrectly Used Song Title Recordings
Aero Zeppelin Abro Zeppelin
Aeroslepperin

Aeroszeppelin
Zero Zeppelin
- "Incesticide" Compilation (1992) - The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988 (Endino Mix)
 
   Also recorded:-
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988 (Band Mix)
Beeswax Bees' Wax
Pen Cap Chew
- "Kill Rock Stars" Compilation LP & CD (1991) & "Incesticide" Compilation (1992) - The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988 (Endino Mix)
  
   Also recorded:-
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988 (Band Mix)
Downer Donner - The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo'- 17 April 1987
    
   Also recorded:-

- Practice Tape - Summer 1987
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988 (Band Mix & Endino Mix)
Erectum Anorexorcist
Raunchola
Run, Rabbit, Run
No known demo or studio recordings. Known to have been performed at The Community World Theater, Tacoma, WA on 23 January 1988 and 19 March 1988
Floyd The Barber Freud The Barber
Shy
- The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo' - 17 April 1987
  
   Also recorded:-
- Practice Tape - Summer 1987
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988 (Band & Endino Mix)
Hairspray Queen Disco Goddess
Disco Queen
Hair Splay Queen
Midnight
Mr Moustache
- The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo'- 17 April 1987
   
   Also recorded:-
- Practice Tape - Summer 1987
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988 (Band Mix)
If You Must Happy Hour
Happy Tour

I Can Live
I Can't Live
Pen Cop Chew
The Extreme
Token Middle Eastern Song
Token Eastern Song
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988
    
   Also recorded:-
- Practice Tape - Summer 1987
- The Ted Ed Fred Video Shoot, Radioshack - 24 January 1988 (x3)
Mexican Seafood Aero Zeppelin
Beeswax
Big Long Now

Dirty Digger
Hairspray Queen
Mexican Seaweed
Mexican Seawood

Tell Me
- The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo'- 17 April 1987
  
   Also recorded:-
- Practice Tape - December 1988
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988 (Band Mix)
Pen Cap Chew Pen Cop Chew
Rise
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 Jan 1988

   Also recorded:-
- The Skid Row Demo - 17 April 1987
- Practice Tape - Summer 1987
Spank Thru Breaking the Law
Freedom of Choice

Got Me
Heartbreak
Make It Big

Love Is a Drag
Spains Through
Spains Trough
Spangs Thru
Spank Through
Spanks Through
Spanks Thru
Sparks
Sparks Through
Speaks Through
- The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo' - 17 April 1987
   
   Also recorded:-
- Practice Tape - Summer 1987
- The Ted Ed Fred Demo - 23 January 1988
Vendetagainst  Bad Moon?
Black and White Blues
F*** Up
Fuck Up
Help
Help Me
Help Me, I'm Hungry
I'm hungry
Nevermind
Never Mind
Vendettagainst 88
Vendett Against
- The Skid Row KAOS Radio 'Demo' - 17 April 1987
  
   Also recorded:-
- Boom Box Recording - 1987/1988**