Tone Deaf

Watch unseen footage of Nirvana’s 1988 performance in an empty store

Almost three decades ago, the entirely unknown Nirvana took to an empty Radio Shack store in Washington to record a video clip to accompany their first demos, and now that performance has been released in full for fans to marvel over.

While segments of the footage have been seen before, as Stereogum reports, Nirvana archivist Mike Ziegler has pulled back the curtain on the original 17-minute recording, featuring Kurt and Krist miming their parts to their freshly-recorded demo while then-drummer Dale Crover (who would go on to join The Melvins) plays along.

The highlights are definitely Kurt flying in from the side of the screen time and time again, trying to perfect his ideal entrance, and Krist lurching around with a teeny red axe that looks as if it could be snapped in half by the lanky bassist.

While it’s not an actual live performance, it’s convincing enough considering the grainy footage, with only the unplugged guitars really giving it away. Give it a look below, and check out more newly-uncovered clips over on Stereogum.