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 initially 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" were not bootlegged until 2016, from the tape Opposite Sides of the Same Good Ol' Fence.

Kitchen Tape track list

  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."

Opposite Sides of the Same Good Ol' Fence
Opposite Sides of the Same Good Ol' Fence cover
Demo by Weezer
Released September 4, 1992
Recorded August 1992
Genre Alternative Rock
Label Independent
Weezer chronology
Weezer's first demo
(1992)
Opposite Sides of the Same Good Ol' Fence
(1992)
Weezer's third demo
(1992)

Opposite Sides of the Same Good Ol' Fence

Opposite Sides of the Same Good Ol' Fence is the name of a tape distributed by Rivers Cuomo to Paul duGre, who would eventually produce the Blue Album b-sides "Mykel & Carli", "Susanne", and "My Evaline". The tape contains the same recordings as The Kitchen Tape with the notable addition of the two previously non-circulating tracks from the Kitchen Tape (Say it Ain't So and The World Has Turned and Left Me Here). The tape was purchased by a member of the Allthingsweezer board, GuitWiz, for $4,350 via eBay, partially crowd-sourcing the purchase via donations from other board members. The existence of the tape was not known until it appeared on eBay. The Super-Chrono entry for August 1, 1992 notes the following:

"If they succeeded in getting a full albums worth of good material, then they would look into making an indie record out of it. But they were aware it was unlikely they'd get a full albums worth of good stuff out of it. the project was ambitiously titled "Weezer's first album". Later, the name "the kitchen tape" was adopted because the drums were recorded in the kitchen, adjacent to the garage. [...] When the dust settled they had 8 decent tracks, and conceded that this was to be "demo #2", not "album #1"."

Track list

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Say It Ain't So"  Rivers Cuomo 4:22
2. "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here"  Cuomo/Pat Wilson 5:09
3. "Paperface"  Cuomo 3:06
4. "Undone (The Sweater Song)"  Cuomo 5:39
5. "Thief, You've Taken All That Was Me"  Cuomo/Wilson 3:40
6. "My Name Is Jonas"  Cuomo/Wilson/Jason Cropper 3:18
7. "Let's Sew Our Pants Together"  Cuomo 4:32
8. "Only In Dreams"  Cuomo 5:59
Total length:
35:45

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