6 Songs for Bruce
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6 Songs for Bruce, also commonly known as 4-Track Demo, is an early single-sided demo cassette tape by American rock band Soundgarden.
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, recorded the demo in Jack Endino's basement four-track studio[nb 1] on April 24, 1985 for their friend Bruce Pavitt, hence the name of the tape, which features a rare early 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.
6 Songs for Bruce, Soundgarden's second demo, was preceded by a tape titled The First 15, recorded in 1984.
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 laid down for a second time, during a March 1986 session, on a 16-track demo tape that got shelved. 28 years later, again with Endino as producer, the tune would be re-recorded in finished form in May 2014. Retitled as simply "Storm", it was released on the band's rarities box set Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path.[nb 4]
"Incessant Mace" was reissued on the 1986 C/Z Records limited edition cassette-only various artists compilation Pyrrhic Victory. In 1988, the song would be re-recorded, with Cameron on drums, for its release on the band's first full-length album Ultramega OK.[nb 5] In 2017, two previously unreleased eight-track versions of "Incessant Mace", taken from a demo tape, called "the Ultramega EP" by the band, produced in 1987 by Endino and Chris Hanzsek at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording studio, were featured on the expanded and remixed reissue[nb 6] of Ultramega OK.
||"I Think I'm Sinking"
||"Bury My Head In Sand"
||"Tears to Forget"
||"The Storm" (bonus track)
||"Out of My Skin"
- ^ "... 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
- ^ C/Z #CZ 01
- ^ Sub Pop #SP 12
- ^ A&M #B0022156-02
- ^ SST #SST 201
- ^ Sub Pop #SP1172
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- ^ Reed, Ryan (January 18, 2017). "Soundgarden Finalize 'Ultramega OK' Remix for Reissue". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
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