6 Songs for Bruce

Last updated on 9 June 2017

6 Songs for Bruce, also commonly known as 4-Track Demo, is an early single-sided demo cassette tape by American rock band Soundgarden.

SoundGarden 6SongsForBruceDemo cassette.jpeg
SoundGarden 6SongsForBruceDemo cassette.jpeg

Overview

The band, at the time a three-piece named Sound Garden, composed of guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and Chris Cornell on drums and vocals,[1] recorded the demo in Jack Endino's basement four-track studio[nb 1] on April 24, 1985 for their friend Bruce Pavitt,[3] hence the name of the tape; which features a rare version of "Tears to Forget" sung by Yamamoto, and, as a bonus song, a Cornell's solo recording titled "The Storm". The side B of the cassette, humorously titled Zen Deity Speaks, contains no recordings.

The demo tape was among many of the artifacts displayed at the EMP Museum's Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibit in Seattle, Washington.[4]

6 Songs for Bruce was Soundgarden's second demo; it was preceded by a cassette tape titled The First 15, recorded in 1984.[5]

Reissues and re-recordings

"Tears to Forget" would be re-recorded in late 1985, with Cornell on vocals and Scott Sundquist on drums, for the C/Z Records compilation album Deep Six,[nb 2] released in 1986. The song was recorded for a third time in 1987, with Matt Cameron on drums, for the band's debut EP Screaming Life.[nb 3]

"The Storm" was re-recorded in May 2014, and retitled as simply "Storm", for the band's rarities box set Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path.[nb 4][1]

"Incessant Mace" was reissued on the 1986 C/Z Records limited edition cassette-only various artists compilation Pyrrhic Victory.[6][7] In 1988, the song would be re-recorded, with Cameron on drums, for the band's first full-length album Ultramega OK.[nb 5] The 2017 expanded and remixed reissue[nb 6] of that album featured two previously unreleased takes of "Incessant Mace" from the 1987 "Ultramega EP" session, produced by Endino and musical engineer Chris Hanzsek at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording studio.[8][9][10]

Track listing

Side A: 6 Songs for Bruce
No. Title Artist Length
1. "I Think I'm Sinking"    
2. "Bury My Head In Sand"    
3. "Tears to Forget"    
4. "The Storm" (bonus track) Chris Cornell  
5. "Incessant Mace"    
6. "In Vention"    
7. "Out of My Skin"    
Side B: Zen Deity Speaks (blank side)
No. Title Length

Personnel

Sound Garden

Production

Notes

  1. ^ "... I already knew Soundgarden pretty well, since they and Skin Yard had shared the stage many times in Seattle’s tiny club scene circa 1985-1986. ... I had a basement 4-track setup and had done some demos for them and others..."
                                    – Jack Endino, Seattle 2013[2]
  2. ^ C/Z #CZ 01
  3. ^ Sub Pop #SP 12
  4. ^ A&M #B0022156-02
  5. ^ SST #SST 201
  6. ^ Sub Pop #SP1172

References

  1. ^ a b Kreps, Daniel (October 28, 2014). "Soundgarden Unveil Three-Disc 'Echo of Miles' Rarities Collection: The band also revive 30-year-old track for menacing new song 'Storm'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Soundgarden on Sub Pop Records". Sub Pop Records. Archived from the original on November 15, 2016.
  3. ^ (April 10, 2012). "April 24, 1985 - Sound Garden (Soon to be Soundgarden) recorded this 4-Track Demo for Bruce Pavitt". The Grunge Scene. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Lipp, Chaz (August 26, 2011). "Book Review: Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind by Jacob McMurray". Blogcritics. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Prato, Greg (2009). Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music. Toronto, Canada: ECW Press. ISBN 9781550228779. p. 97.
  6. ^ Tow, Stephen (2011). The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge. Seattle, Washington: Sasquatch Books. ISBN 9781570617430. p. 167.
  7. ^ Various Artists, Pyrrhic Victory. Discogs. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Reed, Ryan (January 18, 2017). "Soundgarden Finalize 'Ultramega OK' Remix for Reissue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Lore Mark, Mark (March 9, 2017). "Soundgarden: Ultramega OK: Expanded Reissue Review". Paste. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Johnston, Maura (March 20, 2017). "Soundgarden - Ultramega OK" (review). Pitchfork. Retrieved June 7, 2017.

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