Watch Nirvana Cover Led Zeppelin in 1988 before Dave Grohl joined

Before Nirvana recruited Dave Grohl on drums, the soon-to-be-legendary grunge act from Aberdeen, Washington was propelled by a drummer Chad Channing. And around that time, circa 1988, the band staged intimate (if not drunken) practice sessions over a local saloon owned by the Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic‘s mother, Maria’s Hair Design.

This is what viewers can see in footage of such an exercise, which Higher reported this week (Nov. 15). The video has been available for a while – still it offers a startling look at a grunge juggernaut in the making. And that includes Nirvana coating Led Zeppelin.

See the footage at the bottom of this post.

In fact, in the video, Nirvana takes a loose take on Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” It shines amid a set list populated by songs that would find their way onto Nirvana’s 1989 debut album, Bleach — tunes like “About a Girl,” “Scoff” and “Big Long Now.”

The rehearsal footage was recorded by Novoselic’s younger brother, Robert. “We had some beer, my brother saw and partied,” Robert recalled in 2005. “We really didn’t think about it at the time because [Nirvana] weren’t that popular back then.”

But they would become extremely popular just a few years later when they made a lasting impression on the mainstream with 1991’s zeitgeist-defining forget it. Now, any vintage Nirvana recording serves as a time capsule of significance to students of rock music.

Cobain died by suicide in 1994; Grohl continued to form Foo Fighters after his death. Novoselic is currently playing in the super group 3. Secrecy. Watch the Led Zeppelin cover at 10:50 in the first video below.

Nirvana 1988 sample video

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