No Apologies: All 102 Nirvana Songs Ranked

RS tackles the complete catalog of the band that defined the Nineties and made the world a lot noisier

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69. "Pen Cap Chew"

Nirvana's first ever studio session – January 23, 1988 – was a particularly productive one: Ten songs, recorded and mixed in just over five hours. Known as the "Dale Demo" due to the participation of Melvins drummer Dale Crover, two from this batch found their way onto the original pressing of Bleach, while another five eventually wound up on Incesticide. One of the few that fell by the wayside was the hammering "Pen Cap Chew" – though not necessarily because it wasn't up to snuff. Rather, it had the unfortunate luck of being the last song tracked during the session. Recalled producer Jack Endino, "It was incomplete; the master tape ran out halfway through it and the band didn't want to buy another reel." As a result, the producer had to find his own way to wrap things up, ultimately choosing to add "a fade ending that I did just for their amusement." RICHARD BIENSTOCK

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