Tacoma musician John Purkey and Kurt Cobain’s close friend has just shared on YouTube some extremely rare Nirvana demo tapes he said he was given by Cobain in the 80s.

These tapes cover over two hours of music and feature many of the tracks that will be later part of Nirvana’s albums.

Tape 1 for instance includes Bleach demos which were recorded in 1988 at Reciprocal Studios in Seattle with drummer Dale Crover. Tape 4 instead includes demos from Nevermind recorded with drummer Chad Channing, who was later replaced by Dave Grohl.

The tapes’ backstory is an interesting one. Indeed, Purkey after he was given the cassettes, he kept them in a metal box for years, but once one of them was stolen out of a friend’s car and at one point he decided to sell two of them as he didn’t trust himself to protect them.

You can listen to the tapes below:

0:38 – “Paper Cuts”
05:03 – “Downer”
06:53 – “Beeswax”
09:52 – “Aero Zeppelin”
14:36 – “Floyd the Barber”
17:03 – “If You Must”
21:12 – Spank Thru
24:57 – “Mexican Seafood”
27:06 – “Pen Cap Chew”
30:06 – “Montage of Heck”

00:47 – “Blandest”
04:37 – “Mr. Moustache”
08:23 – “Sifting Instrumental”
13:51 – “Blew”
16:52 – “Spank Thru”
20:08 – “Love Buzz” (Early Single Version?)
23:55 – “Big Cheese”

00:00 – Intro
01:39 – “Scoff”
06:02 – “Swap Meet”
09:17 – “Blew”
12:23 – “Love Buzz”
16:11 – “About a Girl”
19:27 – “Negative Creep”
22:02 – “School”
24:50 – “Big Long Now”

00:00 – Intro
00:44 – “Immodium”
04:04 – “Pay to Play”
07:39 – “Sappy”
11:17 – “Polly”
14:19 – “In Bloom”
19:00 – “Lithium” (Mix 6)
23:31 – “Dive”

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