Sappy, which was originally named Sad, dates back to at least 1987. The song’s early demo (below) is one of a bunch of four-track recordings Cobain made in 1988 while living in Olympia, Washington, and sees the muso mapping out the song with just a guitar and some dreary vocals.
The final version of Sappy was recorded in 1993 during Nirvana’s In Utero sessions and was released as a hidden track on the AIDS charity compilation No Alternative. It was for some time known as Verse Chorus Verse.
Sappy (Early Demo) is a taste of Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings, the companion album for Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary. Set for release on 13th November, the album is promising a pile of unheard Cobain tracks and demos which Morgen collated as he developed the film.
According to Rolling Stone, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings will feature 13 tracks from Cobain’s personal collection, while a limited edition version will hold 31 tracks. Hear Sappy (Early Demo) in full, below, alongside a studio version.
Listen: Kurt Cobain – Sappy (Early Demo)
Listen: Nirvana – Sappy