Nirvana: “Sappy” from No Alternative

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About “Sappy”

“Sappy” is a hidden song by Nirvana from the album No Alternative.

“Sappy” was written by Kurt Cobain and recorded four times; the first was in 1990 with drummer Chad Channing and producer Jack Endino; the second was also in 1990 with Channing and producer Butch Vig for an abandoned second album for their record label Sub Pop, the third in 1991 with drummer Dave Grohl and producer Butch Vig for Nevermind; and the fourth in 1993 with producer Steve Albini during sessions for In Utero. That final recording was first officially released on the compilation album No Alternative and later on the Nirvana 2004 box set With The Lights Out.

The song was originally released with the title “Verse Chorus Verse” but later changed to “Sappy” to avoid confusion with another separate song titled “Verse Chorus Verse”.

According to Red Hot Organization, “Sappy” was unlisted on No Alternative “for legal reasons”.

It was later included on the 2013 deluxe edition of In Utero.

About No Alternative

No Alternative is a 1993 compilation album released by Red Hot Organization, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to fight HIV/AIDS. The album features a diverse lineup of alternative rock and indie artists from the 1990s, including Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, and Pavement, among others.

The purpose of No Alternative was not only to showcase the music of these prominent bands but also to raise funds for AIDS research and prevention. It was a response to the urgent need for action during a time when the AIDS epidemic was a major public health crisis.

The album’s tracklist includes both popular hits and rare tracks, providing a snapshot of the alternative music scene of the era. It features a range of musical styles, from grunge to indie rock and beyond, showcasing the diversity and innovation within the alternative genre.

Two covers of No Alternative were released, one with a boy (which did not include the Nirvana track) and one with a girl (only some of which included the Nirvana track).

No Alternative stands as a testament to the power of music to bring attention to important social causes, and it remains a notable compilation in the history of alternative rock.

How to find “Sappy”

On CD: Go directly to track #19

Listen to “Sappy”

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