Before Nirvana gave us Bleach thenand subsequently became the definitive ’90s rock band, there were the sounds emanating from Kurt Cobain’s head. A recently unearthed “mixtape” from Cobain has been discovered and I’m saying “mixtape” in the loosest sense because its a recording of a variety of sounds.
The Jackson Five’s “ABC” can be heard, same for James Brown’s “Hot Pants” and even William Shatner creaky old rendition of “Wild Thing.” Those are the good parts. The oddball moments come when sounds of toilets flushing, JImi Hendrix speaking at the Monterey Pop Festival and Fred Flintstone yelling at his bowling ball surface.
All coming from the mind of a 21-year-old Cobain and made using a four-track cassette recorder. Hear the rare and pretty incredible mix here.