Video has surfaced of a not yet famous or polished Nirvana performing at a Radio Shack in Aberdeen, Washington in 1988, and it really is something to behold.
At the time, they were going by the name Ted Ed Fred and were still a couple of years away from exploding on the scene as one of the first grunge rock acts to hit it big. But indications — Kurt Cobain’s mesmerizing style and the band’s straightforward sound — — that the act was something special were already there.
A day earlier, the group recorded a demo and decided they would try to film a video for the songs “If You Must” and “Paper Cuts” at the electronics retailer the following day. The result, which was captured by video archivist Mike Ziegler and recently uploaded to YouTube, is one of the earliest known video recordings of a band that would soon turn the world of Rock N’ Roll upside down.
In his description of the video, Ziegler details the events leading up to the Radio Shack performance.
“Following the studio session on the 23rd, later that evening they played a live show at the Community World Theater in Tacoma, WA,” Ziegler writes. “So fast forward to the next day and here are Nirvana at RadioShack making a music video of sorts. The music that is being lip synced was the demo made the day before.”
It’s not quite the Beatles or U2 performing on a rooftop at the height of their fame, but it’s still a pretty cool look back at one of the most influential bands in music history.