Previously unheard version of Nirvana’s ‘Sappy’ emerges online – listen

The alternate take is thought to date back to 1991

A previously unheard version of Nirvana track ‘Sappy’ has been uploaded to YouTube.

The alternate take, which is believed to recorded in 1991 at Sound City Studios in California, was called ‘Verse Chorus Verse’ at the time, later being released as ‘Sappy’ for the 1993 AIDS-benefit compilation album ‘No Alternative’. An earlier recording from 1990 featured on the Nirvana boxset ‘With The Lights Out’.

The video’s caption reads: “The band took another stab at recording Sappy at Sound City. Cobain played lead guitar while attempting to sing one live scratch vocal. He also made one formal vocal pass. After overdubbing the lead fuzz guitar with his Rat pedal, Cobain laid down his guitar and walked straight into the control room. I don’t want to do this, he insisted. I’m not into this song right now. So let’s leave it.

“The song is in a different key to that of previously recorded versions, it opens without instrumental intro and features a few lyrical changes, the guitar solo is also subtly different.”

Listen below.

A judge recently dismissed efforts in Seattle to release photos of Kurt Cobain’s death scene. Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean had previously aimed to stop the release of the images, citing the emotional and psychological harm they would cause.

Richard Lee, a TV host in Seattle, wanted the police to release the official death scene photographs, claiming that they will prove that Cobain was murdered.

The Seattle Times reports that King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle dismissed Lee’s lawsuit over a failure to correctly follow official procedure.

Doyle ruled Lee had failed to give Seattle enough time to respond to his request and improperly served his lawsuit. The public access TV host has said he’ll try another records request and sue again if unsuccessful.