Jack Endino couldn’t be more wrong about this song!
Songwriter: Lead Belly
Recording Session: 08/20-28/89 Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, WA
In August 1989, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic formed an offshoot band with Mark Lanegan and Mark Pickerel of The Screaming Trees. “We were all becoming big blues fans”, recalled Pickerel. “We were trying to create a modern day version of Cream or Led Zeppelin.”
Sub Pop co-founder, Jonathan Poneman, expressed an interest in recording an album for the group, but the project stalled upon entering the studio. “It was as if both Mark and Kurt had too much respect for each other to tell the other what to do, or even make suggestions for what they should be doing”, Pickerel recalled. “It was really frustrating. Neither one would take the initiative.”
Dubbing themselves “The Jury” at Pickerel’s suggestion (Cobain had favored the name Lithium, and Jack Endino had referred to the group as Screaming Nirvana on the session paperwork), the band booked into Reciprocal Recording for two days: August 20 [six hours], August 28 [three and a half hours].
In that session they played an instrumental variation of “Grey Goose.” “It was almost like watching one of the English blues rock bands getting it’s feet, it was pretty incredible”, Carlson enthused. Endino, however, found the song less than memorable, strenuously denying it had even been recorded until reviewing the reels for 2004’s With The Lights Out box-set release, “[It had] no vocals on it, not even scratch vocals. Nothing! That’s why I didn’t remember it… there’s nothing much to remember it by. It’s basically two chords, no chorus, no bridge, but it builds nicely and has some great drumming on it from Mark Pickerel. Sad that no one bothered to sing.”
source: Disc 1 of “With the Lights Out“