Unearthed Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic demo features early version of Nirvana’s ‘Scentless Apprentice’

"The jam was very low kew...fun was had by all"


A demo featuring an early version of Nirvana’s ‘Scentless Apprentice’ has been unearthed.

American drummer Rey Washam, known for stints in bands such as Scratch Acid and Butthole Surfers offshoot Daddy Longhead, has shared a 1992 recording of part of a two-hour jam with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, who were in Nirvana at the time.

The recording includes an early version of ‘Scentless Apprentice’ from Nirvana’s 1993 album ‘In Utero’.

Washam writes in a  description that accompanies the demo: “I had never met Dave or Kurt and Krist even though I had heard Kurt was a fan of a band I used to be in, Scratch Acid. The jam was very low key, but I had to play Dave’s drums the way he had them set up for himself. Krist showed up and fun was had by all.

“This is only a portion of a two hour jam session. Later that night we went to go see Gun’s and Roses at the Kingdome.? Dave got me into the show and a little trouble started. Maybe a few too many egos in the place. I think the tape speaks for itself. Dave made the right decision to have Taylor play drums in Foo Fighters and not me. He never asked me to play with him again after that night. I still think he’s a good guy.”

Listen to the demo below – ‘Scentless Apprentice’ appears at 24:35.


In other news, Nirvana have reportedly issued a lawsuit against designer Marc Jacobs for allegedly stealing their iconic smiley face design. The squiggly yellow smiley face illustration was trademarked by the band in 1992.

According to TMZ, Nirvana filed a lawsuit in November last year, arguing that the fashion brand rips off the smiley face design in the “Redux Grunge” collection.