The Kitchen Tape

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The Kitchen Tape
Demo by Weezer
Released 1992
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative Rock
Label Independent
Weezer chronology
Weezer's first demo
(1992)
The Kitchen Tape
(1992)
Weezer's third demo
(1992)

The Kitchen Tape is the name of Weezer's second demo tape and first proper album. It was recorded in an attempt to create a "serious" demo to hand around local clubs in attempts to generate "a buzz."

Recording process

The Kitchen Tape was mostly recorded on August 2, 1992 in The Garage, but the drums were recorded in the kitchen of the Amherst House. Accordingly, it was nicknamed The Kitchen Tape. The demos were recorded using frontman Rivers Cuomo's 8-track tape recorder.

According to Karl Koch's article in Weezine Issue #3, the recordings of "Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me", "Let's Sew Our Pants Together" and "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" originate from Weezer's first demo and were simply added to the tape.

Bootlegs of this demo have surfaced, however only five were surfaced through a copy of the original. Two other songs from the tape (Undone - The Sweater Song and Only in Dreams) were released officially on The Blue Album Deluxe Edition bonus disc, Dusty Gems And Raw Nuggets. The Kitchen Tape's versions of "Say It Ain't So" and "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" have not been bootlegged or officially released.

Tracklist

  1. "Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"
  2. "My Name Is Jonas"
  3. "Let's Sew Our Pants Together"
  4. "Undone"
  5. "Paperface"
  6. "Say It Ain't So"
  7. "Only in Dreams"
  8. "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here"

Although eight songs were recorded and tracklisted, actual tapes generally consisted of five songs; typically excluding: "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here", "Undone" and "Say It Ain't So."

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