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Kurt Cobain’s lost soloalbum

Kurt Cobain recorded a whole album’s worth of solo demos before he died, according to former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson.

Erlandson, who recently played a brief set with the reunited 90s lineup of Hole, told Fuse TV that Cobain was heading in “a really cool direction” and that the solo album could have been the singer’s White Album.

Cobain was “really excited about some of the stuff he was working on” says Erlandson. “I got to see him play it in front of me. That’s why I was really sad when he died. He was cut short. Who knows where this music would have gone?”

According to the Hole guitarist there is one cover on the demo tape, but he refused to name the track, simply noting that “it’s just so heartbreaking. It’s not [a] surprising [cover]. It’s a very sweet, just touching song.”

As for our chances of getting to hear the songs, Erlandson says that although he has no say in the matter he has heard “some talk about somebody putting together some raw, rough acoustic thing… I just wish something would come together. I think the fans would be a lot happier. If nobody ever hears those songs, except for like three people, then that’s the way it goes.”

In related news Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are working on a new recording project with Nevermind producer Butch Vig. Cue speculation that they have the Cobain tapes and are working on a Beatles Anthology style collection of ‘new’ Nirvana material.

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humanracin said on the 17th Apr, 2012

Have been listening to a lot of Nirvana again lately.
Man I hope this gets released someday if it exists, even if its just an album of acoustic demos.


Nosyt said on the 17th Apr, 2012

Hopefully Tupac guests on one of the tracks


benjiman1981 said on the 17th Apr, 2012

My money is on a 2014 release, 20th anniversary of his death.


grattan said on the 30th Apr, 2012

Producer Butch Vig denies rumours of unheard material, saying Nirvana mainman Kurt Cobain was concentrating on Hole before he shot himself.

The producer tells NME: “He was working on songs, but they were just in his head. He might have just played some songs to Eric. Around that time period he only wanted to talk about Courtney’s album. I never heard any of his new songs.”