Rare video footage of the fledgling Nirvana attempting to make a music video has recently been uploaded to YouTube in full for the first time. Video archivist Mike Ziegler has made available the full seventeen minutes of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and drummer Dale Crover, lip syncing to two tracks from their first proper demo tape from 1988. The band (then called not Nirvana, but Ted Ed Fred) throw some shapes to recordings of “If You Must” and “Paper Cuts” in the Aberdeen, Washington branch of Radio Shack after hours. The clips were recorded on January 24th 1988, the day after they had recorded the songs with Jack Endino at Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle. Endino went on to produce Nirvana’s debut album “Bleach”
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The DIY video which features numerous flying leaps from Cobain, some disco lights and a smoke machine is a fascinating curio from a band who, three years from then, would go on to be one of the biggest and most influential bands of the nineties and beyond. Excerpts from the video have been available for a while, but this is the most complete version yet. Mike Ziegler writes, “Following the studio session on the 23rd, later that evening they played a live show at the Community World Theater in Tacoma, WA (if you pay close attention to this video, you can see footage of that show on the TV screens in the background). So fast forward to the next day and here are Nirvana at Radio Shack making a music video of sorts. The music that is being lip synced was the demo made the day before (with “live” drums)”.
Drummer Dale Crover recently issued his first, full length solo album “The Fickle Finger of Fate”.