A 7th grader's a cappella cover of Nirvana's Nevermind... all of it

In the mid-1990s, a 7th grader named Tom Clark gifted his buddy a cassette containing his cover of Nirvana's then-new album Nevermind. All of it. A cappella. In 2008, the recipient released the cassette to the world. Above is Tom Clark's "Nevermind" and the story is below:

so i got a little story for you. early to mid nineties. i am in 7th grade. art class. you know how you really get to know the other 3 or 5 people at yr table. you become friends. well, this young gent and i had a passion for a little underground band-then known as nirvana.

at some point i lent this lad a random mixtape i had lying around. it probably had bad rock music on it. he lost the tape...

to repay me...FOR SOME REASON HE THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD MAKE ME A TAPE OF HIMSELF SINGING THE ENTIRE ALBUM 'NEVERMIND' BY NIRVANA---a cappella STYLE!!!

...recorded in a karoake machine...complete with puberty-filled voice cracking and occasional incorrect lyrics. pause and record style editing.

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Friend of Kurt Cobain's shares early Nirvana demo tapes

Between 1988 and 1990, Tacoma musician John Purkey says Kurt Cobain gave him demo tapes. Now, he's shared those early Nirvana cassettes on YouTube.

Spin reports:

One tape includes Bleach demos recorded during the band’s first ever session in 1988 at Reciprocal Studios in Seattle, with Melvins drummer Dale Crover on the drums. Another features Nevermind demos recorded with Crover’s short-lived replacement Chad Channing, who left the band during the making of the project and was replaced by Dave Grohl.

The audio is raw, and many of the demos have seen the light of day via the numerous Nirvana compilations released after Cobain’s death, but the collection and backstory is interesting. Purkey played in several Tacoma bands during Nirvana’s early years and watched the band develop from scratch. He kept the cassettes in a metal box, hidden inside a second metal box, for years, he says in an accompanying video.

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Watch "Smells Like Teen Spirit" performed by 1000 people

Rockin'1000, who claim to be "the biggest rock band on Earth," performs Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in Cesena, Italy.

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Nirvana cover of "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

On March 19, 1988, Nirvana played Tacoma, Washington's Community World Theater and performed this fantastic, gritty cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising." The song first appeared on CCR's masterpiece, Green River, in 1969. That version is below. According to CCR's John Fogerty, the song is about "the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us."

"It wasn't until the band was learning the song that I realized the dichotomy," Fogerty told Rolling Stone in 1993. "Here you got this song with all these hurricanes and blowing and raging ruin and all that, but it's [snaps fingers] "I see a bad moon rising." It's a happy-sounding tune, right? It didn't bother me at the time."

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Watch Nirvana play "Smells Like Teen Spirit" two days after 'Nevermind' release

On September 26, 1991, Nirvana performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at The Moon, a small club in New Haven, Connecticut. This was two days after the release of Nevermind and moments before punk broke (down). Read the rest

Video montage of Kurt Cobain's visual art

"Aberdeen" is a montage of journal doodles and visual art, including animated excerpts from the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

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"Smells Like Teen Spirit" played on a Korean gayageum

Luna Lee plays Nirvana on an ancient, traditional Korean instrument called the gayageum.

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New photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide

UPDATE: Ooops, these photos were released in 2014.

Last year, the Seattle Police Department released several dozen newly-developed photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide. The police processed the film as part of a recent reinvestigation into Cobain's death. According to detective Mike Ciesynski, there is still no basis in conspiracy theories that Cobain was murdered.

Ciesynzki says that they will not release any graphic images of Cobain's body.

"What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound," he told KIRO-TV. "How's that going to benefit anybody?"

"Dozens of new photos released from Kurt Cobain death probe" (CBS News)

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Rad jazz cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

The Sunji Lee Quintet plays Nirvana. Far out! Read the rest

Listen to Kurt Cobain's pre-Nirvana band from 1985

Please to enjoy Fecal Matter, featuring an 18-year-old Kurt Cobain, Greg Hokanson, and Dale Crover (later of The Melvins). This demo tape is titled "Illiteracy Will Prevail." Fecal Matter (Wikipedia)

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Inadvertent "Smells Like Teen Spirit" tribute

A falling shovel recreates Nirvana's distinct opening. (via Vice) Read the rest

Video: Nirvana's first live performance of "Teen Spirit," 22 years ago today

Twenty-two years ago today, Nirvana played "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time in public.

Kurt Cobain's birthday: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night"

Happy birthday, Kurt Cobain.

And here is a former Beatle jamming with most of Nirvana

Sir Paul McCartney did, in fact, perform with the surviving members of Nirvana last night! Watch the performance here!

Rumor: Paul McCartney might be performing with Nirvana tonight

Best rumor ever: Is the former Beatle going to stand in for Kurt Cobain at tonight's Sandy benefit?