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staticwhitesound 20th June 2009 10:11 PM

Nevermind - unfinished songs
 
I was fairly obsessed with Nirvana years ago and had a collection of dubbed tapes of their unreleased songs, years before the box set came out to expose better quality versions of them and more. They had a lot of great songs that never got the full studio treatment.

My question is, had you heard them and felt strongly about any of them? There were a couple songs started/demo'd on the Nevermind session that didn't get completed - 'Old Age,' for example - which wound up on the box set. And I always loved the song 'In His Hands' among many others... Were any of the songs that didn't get finished (or maybe even didn't get started) songs that you'd really wanted to help them get recorded? Just curious if any of those never recorded 'lost songs,' demos or b-sides ever stood out to you in particular.

Thanks!

ButchVig 21st June 2009 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by staticwhitesound (Post 4302185)
I was fairly obsessed with Nirvana years ago and had a collection of dubbed tapes of their unreleased songs, years before the box set came out to expose better quality versions of them and more. They had a lot of great songs that never got the full studio treatment.

My question is, had you heard them and felt strongly about any of them? There were a couple songs started/demo'd on the Nevermind session that didn't get completed - 'Old Age,' for example - which wound up on the box set. And I always loved the song 'In His Hands' among many others... Were any of the songs that didn't get finished (or maybe even didn't get started) songs that you'd really wanted to help them get recorded? Just curious if any of those never recorded 'lost songs,' demos or b-sides ever stood out to you in particular.

Thanks!

i think most of the unfinished songs that had ruff vocals have come out.
They did have this super catchy song that didn't have any lyrics, I encouraged Kurt to come up with something, but he thought it sounded "too much like REM"...

robotpoop 29th June 2009 08:13 AM

Butch, do you remember whether Song in D was recorded at all during the Nevermind sessions? Is it possible that an unfinished instrumental take is somewhere in the vaults?

Also, if you were to hear the song now, all these years later, would you recognize it?

ButchVig 29th June 2009 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by robotpoop (Post 4328748)
Butch, do you remember whether Song in D was recorded at all during the Nevermind sessions? Is it possible that an unfinished instrumental take is somewhere in the vaults?

Also, if you were to hear the song now, all these years later, would you recognize it?

I seem to remember that we cut a basic track for Song In D, but there's no vocals.
I would recognize it, it had a jangly, ringy riff in the verse.

ledbelly 30th June 2009 10:59 PM

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Originally Posted by ButchVig (Post 4330023)
I seem to remember that we cut a basic track for Song In D, but there's no vocals.
I would recognize it, it had a jangly, ringy riff in the verse.


This is one of the greatest mysteries of the recording session that has puzzled many Nirvana fans. Some have thought it was an early All Apologies but I understand this isn't the case.

One song that does stick out is a song called "Talk To Me" that was played live a few times on the Nevermind tour and also made an appearance on the DVD for the Nirvana box-set. That song has really jangly riff that is really poppy.

ledbelly 30th June 2009 11:25 PM

Here's a link to the song on You Tube for "Talk To Me" if the clip helps:

YouTube - Nirvana - Talk To Me

Many thanks