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"Endless, Nameless"
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B-side label of UK single
Song by Nirvana
from the album Nevermind
Released September 24, 1991
Recorded May-June, 1991
Genre Grunge
Length 6:43
Label DGC
Songwriter(s) Kurt Cobain
Krist Novoselic
Dave Grohl
Producer Butch Vig
Singles chronology
Endless, Nameless
(September 24, 1991)

"Endless, Nameless" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl.

It is the 13th and final track on the band's second studio album, Nevermind, released in September 1991. It begins approximately 10 minutes after the end of "Something in the Way" and occupies the same track. A hidden track, the song is not listed in the album's artwork, although it was credited by name when it was re-released as a b-side on the album's second single, "Come As You Are" in March 1992.

Origin and recording

The song was first recorded in the studio in May 1991 by Butch Vig at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, during the recording sessions for Nevermind.

Later pressings of Nevermind would include "Endless, Nameless" as a hidden track which begins after 10 minutes of silence following "Something in the Way", making it's total length 20:35. When Cobain was young, he was a huge fan of the Beatles and loved the way they put hidden tracks in their albums like "Her Majesty". He decided to put the song as a hidden track on the Nevermind album.

In a 1991 interview with ICE, Robert Smith, Geffen Records’ vice president of marketing, said "It was kind of a joke for the band to do, as in we're not going to list it in the packaging, or mention it exists. It's for that person who plays the CD, it ends, they're walking around the house and ten minutes later... Kaboom!"

Recording and release history

Studio recordings
Date recorded May 2–19, 1991 September 3, 1991
Studio Sound City, Van Nuys, California Maida Vale Studios, London, England
Producer/recorder Butch Vig John Peel
Releases Nevermind (1991)
(some CD copies only)
Come as You Are (1992)
(most international copies)
With the Lights Out (2004)
Personnel
  • Kurt Cobain: guitar, vocals
  • Dave Grohl: drums
  • Krist Novoselic: bass
  • Kurt Cobain: guitar, vocals
  • Dave Grohl: drums
  • Krist Novoselic: bass
Released live recordings
Date recorded October 31, 1991 December 13, 1993
Venue Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA Pier 48, Seattle, WA
Releases Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! (1994)
Live at the Paramount (2011)
Live and Loud (2013)
Personnel
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums)
  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass)
  • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
  • Pat Smear (guitar)


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