Listen To Kurt Cobain’s Pre-Bleach Mix Tape

Posted 03 Nov 2014 in General News, News

Mix tapes are generally associated with rap and hiphop however there is a new mix tape circulating that is very far from rap or hiphop.  This mix tape is from Kurt Cobain and was reportedly created a year before the release of Nirvana’s Bleach.Kurt Cobain

For the Nirvana fans out there let me warn you before you spend the 36 minutes listening to it.  This isn’t Nirvana music and if you don’t have the stomach for some pretty out there stuff you just might want to skip it.

What the 4 track recording called Montage of Heck does do is give us a glimpse into a 21 year old Kurt Cobain’s mind and also a look at some of the music he was listening to at the time.  We’ve got to assume that Kurt actually had physical copies of all of the stuff on the mix tape because back in 1988 we didn’t have all of the online streaming music sites like we have now.

As I mentioned earlier this is definitely NOT Nirvana and at times becomes a bit disturbing.  The title of the tape is ‘Montage of Heck’ and to me that is a perfect name for it.  There is a whole heck of a lot of noise and other stuff in the mix.  When I say ‘other stuff’ you will know what I mean when you give it a listen…spoiler alert.  There is one point in the tape where it sounds like a loop of someone puking their guts out.  But hey…art is art and we are talking about Kurt Cobain here.

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Another pretty interesting aspect of this tape is the wide range of tastes that Cobain apparently had.  You can find everything from snippets from The Andy Griffith Show to The Jackson Five, Butthole Surfers , The Partridge Family and even some Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin.  Can you picture a young Kurt sitting around listening to some Dean Martin after he finished watching The Andy Griffith Show?

The full list of tracks is listed below.  Enjoy.  You can also listen for yourself right here.

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“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)



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