Unearthed Nirvana Demos Feature Early Version of “Scentless Apprentice”

By Katrina Nattress

January 18, 2019

Back in 1992, Scratch Acid drummer Rey Washam jammed with Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic in the band's rehearsal studio. They recorded some demos that never saw the light of day. However, there is one song in the recording that did end up making it onto a Nirvana album: "Scentless Apprentice." The track appeared on the band's 1993 record, In Utero. Now, Washam is sharing that jam sesh with the world in a recently uploaded YouTube audio video.

“At the Nirvana rehearsal studio. Dave was obviously new to guitar , but had some songs he wanted to try out with a band. I had just quit playing in Tad and Dave asked me to come over and 'jam.' 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,” Washam wrote in the video's description.

“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,” he continued.

“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,” he concluded.

Listen to the 30-minute clip of the jam session below, and look out for "Scentless Apprentice" at the 24:35 mark.

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