It’s been an absolutely great few weeks to be a Nirvana fan. First came the news that Montage of Heck would feature unreleased Nirvana tracks, then 14 demos and alternative mixes made their way onto the internet. Now, we have the greatest news of all for hardcore Cobainiacs: The full demo tape from Kurt Cobain’s first band Fecal Matter has been uploaded to YouTube.
The 17-track tape dubbed Illiteracy Will Prevail has never been made available in its entirety. But on top of their excitement, Nirvana fans are wondering, “Who is uploading all these rare tracks?”
Substream magazine has put forth a fairly convincing argument that the uploader of Fecal Matter, the rare Nirvana demos and a Foo Fighters demo that surfaced earlier this week is none other than Foos leader and Uproxx God-King Dave Grohl.
Via the article:
“So, you might be asking yourself, “What does Dave Grohl have to do with this?” Allow us to explain: The Redditor who posted the Foos demos had the username “Dale_Nixon.” Anyone familiar with punk history knows that “Dale Nixon” is a frequently used pseudonym by musicians trying to cover their identity on projects typically due to contractual obligations, used by everyone from Greg Ginn on a Black Flag record to Brian Baker on a Dag Nasty record to—whaddya know—Dave Grohl on a Melvins record. Could still just be a coincidence, right? Well, it’s also worth noting that the bassist of Cobain’s pre-Nirvana band, Fecal Matter, was Dale Crover—the same Dale Crover that plays drums for the Melvins.
To add to the conspiracy theory, the headline “Dale_Nixon” (whose account has since been deleted) used to drop those Foos demos on an unsuspecting public was “We get the warhead and we hold the world ransom for… ONE MILLION DOLLARS!” which you might recognize as a quote from Dr. Evil in the 1997 movie Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery. Why is this significant? Well, this magazine feature on Foo Fighters from that same year mentions that Grohl was obsessed with the movie, remarking he had watched it five times in a day…”
For what it’s worth, Grohl’s reps have denied any involvement. They told Noisey that the theory was “absolutely not true and ridiculous.”