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Old 04.05.2010, 10:18 AM   #1
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A trove of dusty Phillips cassettes purchased by a self-styled "junker" at an Aberdeen, Wash., garage sale have turned out to be early demo recordings by the late Kurt Cobain. It marks the first time since the 2004 Nirvana box set With the Lights Out that heretofore unheard Cobain material has surfaced, and Nirvana experts are hailing the 30-plus tracks - some of them full songs, others just "sketches" - as likely representing the earliest known Cobain material in existence.

The individual who bought the box of tapes initially got curious when he spotted the initials "KDC" (as in, "Kurt Donald Cobain") scrawled in black magic marker on the side of each cassette. Upon listening to them he contacted a music industry lawyer, who in turn contacted representatives of Cobain's estate and Cobain's record label; the tapes were subsequently verified by noted music producers Jack Endino and Butch Vig (who both worked with Nirvana) as being legitimate. The finder is reportedly now in negotiations to sell the tapes to the estate and label.

One industry observer estimates the potential value of the tapes as being "in the seven-figure range."

 


Cobain, who was born in 1967 and attended high school in Aberdeen while living there with his mother, apparently recorded them on a vintage 3M Wollensak mono tape deck when he was in elementary school - presumably about the age of 8 or 9, as several of the song titles focus on people and events circa 1974-75: "Nixon Must Die (Or Resign)"; "I Wanna Be Just Like a Weatherman"; "Carlos the Jackal"; "Shazam!"; and the collection's lone cover, a ukulele version of the Steve Miller Band's "The Joker."

According to a source who has heard the materialm the tunes are "mostly singalongs" performed on acoustic guitar or the aforementioned ukulele, along with some rudimentary percussion performed by an unknown additional musician, "There's nothing there that would really give a blindfold test listener the sense that Cobain would go on to form one of the biggest bands on the planet, although it is worth nothing that even at that age you could hear the initial stirrings of his trademark rasp - kinda like any kid sounds after he's been punched in the throat a couple of times, actually.

"With that said, however, a few recurring lyrical motifs, somewhat precocious on one level and disturbing on another, do provide ad hoc foreshadowing. At least three songs contain the word "vagina," each part of some childlike rhyming scheme, one of them being "your mama"; and there's an unusual fixation on firearms too, such as in ‘...Weatherman' where he sings in a kind of taunting tone of voice, ‘You'll wish you were dead/ When I point my gun at your head.' That's followed by the popping sound of a kid's cap gun."

Genuine historical artifact, or merely a curio for hard-core Cobain and Nirvana fans? With interest in both the artist and the band never having waned since his death in 1994, it's likely that "The KDC Tapes," as they're being referred to in industry circles, will eventually anchor several archival releases: a CD of cherry-picked highlights, a collection of DJ remixes, and the inevitable big-ticket boxed set - possibly even a DVD documentary outlining the finding-of, the cleaning-up-of and the marketing-of the tapes.

Also likely: the unknown percussionist will turn up wanting his cut of the profits. Already, the Cobain estate has reportedly been contacted by several individuals claiming - rather implausibly, and without credible documentation - to be the percussionist. As Cobain's mother, Wendy, told a Seattle newspaper reporter, "Kurt really was a surly, unpleasant child to be around, and while he's been characterized as being the type of musician who didn't like to play with just anyone, it was actually the other way around - nobody wanted to play with him."
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Old 04.05.2010, 10:52 AM   #2
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Old 04.05.2010, 11:07 AM   #3
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is courtney or whoever owns the music now gonna lay claim to them now.
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Old 04.05.2010, 11:42 AM   #4
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fine, I'll be the first to say "fucking awesome. I want it."
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Old 04.05.2010, 12:01 PM   #5
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at first i thought this was an april fools' joke but then i realised it's... what, the 5th?
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Old 04.05.2010, 12:31 PM   #6
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Old 04.05.2010, 01:04 PM   #8
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KDC on the label... hahah
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I got all I needed to get out of Kurt a long time ago, I still love nirvana but I could give a fuck about this...

I'm creating my own shit here and so should you be!
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Old 04.05.2010, 07:15 PM   #15
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fine, I'll be the first to say "fucking awesome. I want it."

i second that. who did this guy buy these from? how pissed are they right now. bwahahahahaha
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Old 04.05.2010, 07:21 PM   #16
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I don't really have an opinion eitherway. The Fecal Matter demo I hated, this is even earlier. I say it's more interesting than anything good, really. I honestly doubt there are any "Holy shit this song is fucking awesome!" moments that will be heard, but to each their own.

Imagine how much the guy paid for this, and yet how much he'll make.

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Old 04.05.2010, 07:31 PM   #17
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Jeremy, you're retarded.
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Old 04.05.2010, 07:33 PM   #18
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They were songs written/covered by some kid in elementary school. I highly doubt these cassettes consist of anything all that great, if they aren't some big April Fool's joke to begin with.

Maybe it could be interesting hearing a kid Kurt. But the idea of having to actually spend money to do so is a bit weird, if not disgusting.
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Its Fucking April Fools You Idiots!
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