The Kitchen Tapes (Weezer album)
|The Kitchen Tape|
|Demo album by Weezer|
|Recorded||August 1, 1992|
|Genre||Alternative rock, power pop|
The Kitchen Tape is a demo tape by Weezer. It was recorded on August 1, 1992, prior to the band's signing with Geffen Records. Although the band had recorded some demos before, these were their most serious attempt at the time. According to Karl Koch, the band's webmaster and historian, the purpose of the tape was "...to get shows and also try to make an impression. There were no aspirations yet to try to generate real label interest, but the concept of 'creating a buzz' was being thrown around."
The demos were recorded using frontman Rivers Cuomo's 8-track tape recorder, in a rented garage next to the "Amherst House", where Weezer rehearsed at that time. The name of the tape comes from the fact that the drums were recorded in a kitchen, because that's where the band felt that they sounded the best.
Bootlegs of this demo have surfaced. However, they only feature five of the eight songs. One of the songs that doesn't appear on the bootleg, "Undone - The Sweater Song", along with one that does, "Only in Dreams", was released officially on the Blue Album Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc, Dusty Gems and Raw Nuggets. The Kitchen Tape version of "Say It Ain't So" and "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" have not been bootlegged or officially released.
Of the eight songs on the demo, five of them were re-recorded for the band's debut album, Weezer (The Blue Album). In 2004, Weezer was re-released in a deluxe edition, which included the versions of "Undone", "Paperface" and "Only in Dreams" from this demo as bonus tracks. "Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me" and "Let's Sew our Pants Together" have not been officially released.
- "Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"
- "My Name Is Jonas"[I]
- "Let's Sew our Pants Together"
- "Undone"[I] [II]
- "Paperface" [II]
- "Say It Ain't So"[I]
- "Only in Dreams"[I] [II]
- "The World Has Turned"[I]
- Rivers Cuomo - vocals, Guitar
- Matt Sharp - Bass, Vocals
- Jason Cropper - Guitar, Vocals
- Patrick Wilson - drums
- Luerssen D., John. Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story. ECW Press, 2004, ISBN 1-55022-619-3 p. 69
- "Weezer Record History page 3". Weezer.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
- Weezer: Blue Album (Deluxe Edition) booklet and liner notes.
- "The Kitchen Tape". Weezerpedia. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- The Weezer recording history: Page 3 - Information from Karl Koch on early Weezer recordings, including The Kitchen Tapes