Demo Tapes Guide NIRVANA Demo Tapes

A list of demo tapes recorded, compiled and distributed by Kurt Cobain/NIRVANA, 1987-1994. If you have any further information pertaining to items featured or omitted here, please contact us.

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Title
Nirvana Demo / Montage of Heck
Tracklist
  1. Paper Cuts
  2. Downer
  3. Beeswax
  4. Aeroszeppelin
  5. Floyd The Barber
  6. If You Must
  7. Spank Thru
  8. Mexican Seafood
  9. Pen Cap Chew
  10. Montage of Heck
Sources
Tracks 1–9 recorded Jan '88 at Reciprocal Recording.
Notes
This tape was given to John Purkey for his personal enjoyment.

Title
Nirvana Anthology Volume 1
Tracklist
  1. Love Buzz
  2. Blandest
  3. Big Cheese (take 1)
  4. Sifting (instrumental)
  5. Blew
  6. Mr. Moustache
  7. Downer
  8. Beeswax
  9. Aeroszeppelin
  10. Floyd The Barber
  11. If You Must
  12. Spank Thru
  13. Mexican Seafood
  14. Pen Cap Chew
  15. Annorexorcist (live)
  16. Erectum (live)
Sources
Tracks 1–6 recorded Jun–Sept '88 at Reciprocal Recording; tracks 7–14 recorded Jan '88 at Reciprocal Recording; tracks 15–16 recorded Jan '88 at the Community World Theater.
Notes
This tape was given to Chad Channing so that he could learn the band's live set.

Title
not known
Tracklist
  1. Blandest
  2. Mr. Moustache
  3. Sifting (instrumental)
  4. Blew
  5. Spank Thru
  6. Love Buzz
  7. Big Cheese
Sources
All tracks recorded Jun–Sept '88 at Reciprocal Recording.
Notes
This tape was given to John Purkey for his personal enjoyment.

Title
Touch N Go Demo
Tracklist
  1. Floyd The Barber
  2. Spank Thru
  3. Hairspray Queen
  4. Mexican Seafood
  5. Beeswax
  6. Beans
  7. Paper Cuts
  8. Big Cheese
  9. Love Buzz
  10. Aeroszeppelin
  11. Pen Cap Chew
  12. Montage of Heck
Sources
Tracks 1–5, 7 and 10–11 recorded Jan '88 at Reciprocal Recording; track 6 recorded '87–'88 at the Cobain residence.; tracks 8–9 recorded Jun–Sept '88 at Reciprocal Recording.
Notes
This tape was given to various labels — including Touch & Go Records — in an attempt to solicit a record deal.

Title
not known
Tracklist
  1. Polly
  2. Seed
  3. Sappy
  4. When The Saints Go Marching In
  5. unknown title
  6. Clean Up Before She Comes
  7. Beans
  8. unknown title (instrumental)
Sources
Tracks 1–3 and 5–8 recorded '87–'88 at the Cobain residence.; track 4 recorded '87 at the Novoselic residence.
Notes
This tape was given to various friends for their personal enjoyment.

Title
Safer Than Heaven
Tracklist
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Sources
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Notes
This tape was given to various promoters and members of the press for the purpose of booking shows and getting interviews.

Title
Nirvana
Tracklist
  1. Scoff
  2. Swap Meet
  3. Blew
  4. Love Buzz
  5. About a Girl
  6. Negative Creep
  7. School
  8. Big Long Now
Sources
Tracks 1–3 and 5–8 recorded Dec '88–Jan '89 at Reciprocal Recording; track 4 recorded Jun–Sept '88 at Reciprocal Recording.
Notes
This tape was given to John Purkey for his personal enjoyment.

Title
Nirvana - New Songs
Tracklist
  1. Immodium
  2. Pay to Play
  3. Sappy
  4. Polly
  5. In Bloom
  6. Lithium (mix 6)
  7. Dive
Sources
All tracks recorded April '90 at Smart Studios.
Notes
This tape was given to John Purkey so that he could learn the band's new material ahead of his audition.

Title
Nirvana Demo
Tracklist
  1. In Bloom
  2. Immodium
  3. Pay To Play
  4. Polly
  5. Dive
  6. Lithium (mix 6)
  7. Sappy
  8. Blew
  9. About A Girl
  10. Love Buzz
Sources
Tracks 1–7 recorded April '90 at Smart Studios; tracks 8–9 recorded Dec '88–Jan '89 at Reciprocal Recording; track 10 recorded Jun–Sept '88 at Reciprocal Recording.
Notes
This tape was given to various labels — including MCA Records — in an attempt to solicit a record deal.