The most recent leak, though not yet authenticated, is among the most extensive yet. John Purkey, a musician from Tacoma, Washington, has uploaded demo tapes he claims Cobain gave him in the late 1980s and ’90s to YouTube (for real). In all, there are four tapes with over two hours of music total.
Purkey explains in a separate video that he kept tapes and notes from Kurt for years in metal boxes and rarely mentioned his priceless possessions to friends. “I knew in the ’90s I had stuff that was collectible.”
Listen and feel transported to Reciprocal Recording, the bygone Seattle recording studio where Nirvana recorded Bleach and some of what you hear on the tapes,
Purkey claims the first tape was recorded with Dale Crover. It features “Montage of Heck,” which was previously released as Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings.
He claims the second tape was given to him by Cobain in 1988. YouTube commenters are particularly taken with the recording of “Mr. Moustache,” which begins around the 4:30 mark.
The third may sound more familiar. The track includes songs that would late go on to make up Nirvana’s debut album Bleach, released in 1989.
The fourth includes a version of “Pay to Play” with high speed dubbing and prominently features Chad Channing’s drumming.
Listen before Courtney Love seizes the tapes!
Have we not squeezed the Kurt Cobain lemon dry yet? Diaries to old recordings, I’m waiting for when someone sells his jizz sock online.
If you listened to it (and I did so I’m also a massive hypocrite), you could hear the same voice from “Drain You” or “Territorial Pissings” that was the emotion of Nirvana that people fell in love with.
Noticeably absent was heavy bass of Krist Novoselic but It’s still all Kurt.
Beeswax gave me a boner. The same guitar vocal match in Heart Shaped Box with a little Suicidal Tendencies.
It’s a heavy listen, and if you’re a Nirvana Fan, it’s haunting as shit. So Are The Barfing SFX in Montage Of Heck.