Contact Us

Fabled Nirvana Demos Written by Dave Grohl Surface

Subscribe to The Moose 95.1 FM on

Unheard Nirvana recordings with drummer Dave Grohl front and center have surfaced after a fan bought a reel from the In Utero sessions on eBay.

Two never-before-heard tracks — a speedy, metallic untitled take and a dissonant, keyboard-heavy freeform number called “Lullaby” — were culled from the February 1993 Pachyderm Session reel, in addition to alternate versions of “Dumb” and “Marigold.”

The reel recordings were apparently put to tape Feb. 15, Nirvana’s third day in the Minnesota studio with producer Steve Albini. The process was a whirlwind, according to band member accounts compiled on the Live Nirvana website. Grohl apparently finished his parts in three days. Unconventional methods such as using a strobe light as a metronome on “Heart-Shaped Box” came into play.

Subscribe to The Moose 95.1 FM on

Alternative Nation broke the news of the reel purchase, but there were no additional details on the identity of the buyer. Their Brett Buchanan told Diffuser in an email he “was sent it second hand from one of the first people who got it from the buyer of the eBay reel.”

The Florida-based seller, known at press time by his eBay handle, butlerelectronicparts, apparently first posted the listing and samples of the recordings on Reddit in late May. He told the message board he acquired the tape from a “(f)riend of a friend with the multis.” The listing was temporarily taken down (“either courtney love, or someone at Universal reported it,” the seller wrote) and eventually sold off-site on June 3.

Tracking plans for “Dumb,” “Dave,” “Dave Mellow” and “Lullaby” show the breakdown of the instrumentation for March 12, 2001, “when it was first scheduled for digital archive,” according to the seller. Calls to Westlake Audio and Westlake Recording Studios, as well as to Pachyderm, were not returned as of press time.

Worst to First: Every Nirvana Album Ranked

Listen to an Alternate Version of Nirvana's 'Marigold'

Best of KMMS FM

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://mooseradio.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Moose Prize Closet quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Moose Prize Closet contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.