Hear Kurt Cobain's Long Lost Mixtape Before He Became Famous

Hear Kurt Cobain's Long Lost Mixtape Before He Became Famous

Here is a literal blast from the past. A rare and previously unheard mixtape, created by Kurt Cobain in 1988 has finally surfaced online.

Vimeo user SpaceEcho claims that Cobain personally gave him the 36 minute mixtape and felt it was the right time to share it with the world.

It's experimental electronic communication from other worldly sources through the forces of cassette.

Appropriately titled 'Montage Of Heck' Cobain recorded this one year prior to releasing Nirvana's debut record Bleach. Using a 4 track cassette recorder (it was the 80s) he edited and recorded all manner of strange and eclectic samples to tape.

It's less of a piece of music and more of sonic trip through the far reaches of hell. Often sonically obscure, the mixtape does contains snippets from Metallica, Cher, Queen, Frank Zappa, Shocking Blue, Queensrÿche, William Shatner and even a few early demos of Nirvana tracks themselves. But the seemingly frenzied way they've all been arranged by Cobain makes for a challenging listen, even at the best of time.

It's unquestionably a strange and unusual collection of jumbled samples and low-fi audio, but its discovery provides a fascinating insight into the creative mind and diverse musical influences of Cobain himself.

Here's the tracklist in full:

"The Men In My Little Girl's Life" by Mike Douglas
"The Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" by The Beatles
"A Day In The Life" by The Beatles
"Eruption" by Van Halen
"Hot Pants" by James Brown
"Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" by Cher
"Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond
"Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver
"Everybody Loves Somebody" by Dean Martin
"The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis, Jr.
"In A Gadda Da Vida" by Iron Butterfly
"Wild Thing" by William Shatner
"Taxman" by The Beatles
"I Think I Love You" by The Partridge Family
"Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" by The Barbarians
"Queen Of The Reich" by Queensryche
"Last Caress/Green Hell" covered by Metallica
"Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin
"Get Down, Make Love" by Queen
"ABC" by The Jackson Five
"I Want Your Sex" by George Michael
"Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden
"Eye Of The Chicken" by Butthole Surfers
"Dance of the Cobra" by Butthole Surfers
"The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave" by Butthole Surfers
"New Age" by The Velvet Underground
"Love Buzz" by Shocking Blue
Orchestral music from 200 Motels by Frank Zappa
"Help I'm A Rock" / "It Can't Happen Here" by Frank Zappa
"Call Any Vegetable" by Frank Zappa
"The Day We Fall In Love" by The Monkees
"Sweet Leaf" by Black Sabbath (intro)
Theme from The Andy Griffith Show
Mike Love (of The Beach Boys) talking about "Transcendental Meditation"
Excerpts of Jimi Hendrix speaking at the Monterey Pop Festival
Excerpts of Paul Stanley from KISS' Alive!
Excerpts of Daniel Johnston screaming about Satan
Excerpts from sound effects records
Various children's records (Curious George, Sesame Street, The Flintstones, Star Wars)

You can find more information and analysis about the 'Montage Of Heck' right here

Via Vimeo

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