Posted Nov 5th, 2014 (4:17 pm) by Sabrina Dhaliwal
Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain

Long before Nirvana, his fame, and his unfortunate suicide, Kurt Cobain represented the young, angry art punk with societal angst that ran bone-deep. So, it should be no surprise the singer was captivated by putting together mixtapes, or more accurately, mind-blowing sound collages that captured his diverse music taste and influences of the ‘90s. One mix-tape in particular, Montage of Heck, was a previously-lost tape just recently released to the public.

Made in 1988 using a 4-track and Kurt’s “wide-ranging collection of LPs, manipulated recordings of the radio, elements of Nirvana demos, and sounds created or recorded by Cobain,” the sound collage is, as Dangerous Minds says, “a mixtape on mescaline.” In fact, Kurt created two different versions of the tape, one a short 8-minute mono version, and the other full-length stereo version clocking at 36 minutes. An in depth technical analysis of the tracks can be found on United Mutations.

Included on the tape (the stereo version) are more than 40 sounds and songs by 34 artists, including snippets from Frank Zappa, Shocking Blue, the Barbarians, and Daniel Johnston, songs from true classic rock acts like Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, and Van Halen, and unexpected clips from Cher, Sammy Davis Jr, and The Monkees.

Listen to the full-length mixtape below and follow along with the list of included components courtesy of United Mutations.

“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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