98. "Don't Want It All"
Recorded on 4-track at Cobain's Olympia, Washington residence around 1988, this eerie, oft-bootlegged track was known to collectors as "Misery Loves Company" before given its official title of "Don't Want It All." (Even though evidence suggests its real title is "Seed.") Although it was recorded in the same home demos that produced the ridiculous "Beans" and the inpentrable "Montage of Heck," these same tapes – featuring early versions of "About a Girl," "Sappy," "Polly" – signified the maturation in Cobain's work. The song's bluesy mood and atmosphere, similar to the Lead Belly works Cobain would soon discover, is taut while the tuning is so loose: The string rattles with every pluck. However, this song never made it out of the home demo phase, with its lone recording appearing on With the Lights Out. DANIEL KREPS