Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic discuss origins of 'new' Nirvana song 'Forgotten Tune'

Band discuss recording 'In Utero' ahead of September 23 reissue

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Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have spoken about the writing and recording of Nirvana's 'In Utero', shedding some light on the 'new' track set to appear on the forthcoming reissue of the 1993 album.

'In Utero' is being reissued on September 23 with a package that includes a track called 'Forgotten Tune'. Speaking to NPR about the song, as well as what it was like to record the album alongside Kurt Cobain in a studio near Minneapolis, 20 years ago, Novoselic said that the riff of the song is actually around 25 years old.

"We found it and were like, what is this song? And I don’t really remember," Novoselic said of 'Forgotten Tune'. "And [we were], like, what do you want to call it? And I’m like, I don’t want to give it a name, so let’s just call it 'Forgotten Tune' and let people make up their own minds what it is. But I remember the main riff in that tune was, like, from 1988 or something. Just trying to, like, bring back a riff. 'All Apologies' was from 1990, and 'Dumb' was a pre-'Nevermind' song.

Discussing further songs from the album, Novoselic continued: "'Pennyroyal Tea', [Dave] and Kurt were getting crazy some night down in that apartment with a multi-track cassette recorder, and 'Pennyroyal Tea' came out of that. It’s just kind of, like, there were new songs we were trying to revisit, old ideas … 'Forgotten Tune' just represents that idea. 'Let’s see if we can make something out of this.'"

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Meanwhile, Grohl explained what the studio conditions were like during the making of the album. "It was, like, subzero arctic temperature. But that room where we recorded the stuff, the room sounded great and it was a comfortable place to be. And I remember sitting at my drums and Kurt was to my left and Krist was to my right, and we had proper isolation and we would track live together."

A remastered version of the iconic grunge band's third and final studio album is being released to mark its 20th anniversary. It will feature 70 tracks, including previously unreleased recordings and demos, B-sides and compilation tracks and live material featuring the band's final touring line-up of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear.

A host of bands including The Vaccines, Everything Everything, Fidlar, Chvrches, Deap Vally and Jagwar Ma have payed tribute to Nirvana's 'In Utero' which is celebrating 20 years since its release. Check out what they've got to say in the video here.

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