At this point in time they weren’t Nirvana, so if you walked in to a Radio Shack and heard them you’d definitely be suuuuper annoyed. But looking back now, it’s super cool!
The video was posted on Youtube by user Mike Ziegler. Here’s some of what he wrote:
Previously unseen in its entirety… Thanks to the filmer, Radioshack, and Dana Bong for the additional camera work. If you happen have a Nirvana tape that you recorded that has been sitting in a closet/attic/basement for 25+ years, let me know. Happy to help get it properly archived and shared with the world.
Some people seem to be confused to what this is… Here’s a brief history lesson. The day before, on January 23rd, 1988, Nirvana (Ted Ed Fred at the time) recorded their first proper studio demo with Jack Endino at Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle, WA.
The demo and this video feature Dale Crover (of Melvins fame) on drums. Following the studio session on the 23rd, later that evening they played a live show at the Community World Theater in Tacoma, WA (if you pay close attention to this video, you can see footage of that show on the TV screens in the background).
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 (with “live” drums.)