By 1992 Dave Grohl had relocated to Seattle and was living with Barrett Jones in a “little yellow house” in the west of the city. In the basement of the house was the fifth iteration of Jones’ Laundry Room Studio, having moved all of the equipment over from the previous location in Arlington, Virginia.
The studio in this house was never really considered an “official” spot for Laundry Room by Jones, with only three artists recording there. Nirvana visited twice in April 1992 and Buzz Osbourne of The Melvins was also visited to record tracks that would be released on his King Buzzo EP. The other artist to record there, also in April of 1992, was a trio by the name of ‘Allister Lobb’.
The makeshift band consisted of Dave Grohl on drums, his sister Lisa Grohl on Bass Guitar and Mike Dees, most well know as frontman of Washington punk band Fitz Of Depression, on guitar. Grohl and Dees had met in Olympia, Nirvana playing on the same bill as Fitz of Depression on a few occasions in early 1991. The pair also jammed together on a few occasions around this time according to Dees, usually at the Fitz Of Depression rehearsal space.
Dave invited the pair to join him at the house to help record some of his new song ideas, with Barrett Jones on hand to produce and record the session.
Five tracks were recorded during the session but Grohl did not record vocals for any of them. According to Dees he also hadn’t created titles for any of them, the songs referred to as simply ‘Song 1’, ‘Song 2’ and so on during recording.
The first two tracks recorded were early versions of the songs which would later be known as ‘Podunk’ and ‘Make A Bet’. The structure of the songs were largely similar to later recorded versions with no major differences.
‘Song 3’ was a song which was later given the title ‘I Don’t Want Your’, written on the session reel box by Jones. It is not confirmed if that is the final title or simply a guess In lieu of a real title. This session is the only time the song was known to have been recorded.
The next track was another early version of a familiar song, ‘How I Miss You’. Unlike the other two familiar tracks which were re-recorded at a later date for their eventual release, the recording of ‘How I Miss You’ from this session was the version released as a B-Side to the ‘I’ll Stick Around single’, with vocals added by Grohl at a later recording session. Neither Dees nor Lisa were credited on the release.
That later session took place at the next iteration of Laundry Room Studio on November 8th, 1992. Vocals were recorded and added to at least two of the instrumental tracks recorded during this session and further tracks were also recorded. Details can be found on the entry for that session.
The final track recorded by the trio was again only given a proper title after vocals were added at the later November session, ‘Watered It Down’. As with ‘I Don’t Want Your’, this song is not known to have been recorded again at any later sessions and has not been officially released.
Mike brought his own equipment to the studio and his 1961 Gibson SG Guitar left a signature mark on the recording of ‘How I Miss You’. The guitar had a faulty jack connection and the noise heard at the very end of the song is Mike adjusting the jack. For amplification he brought a 1980s Ampeg SS140C amp as well as 1980s Mesa Boogie 2x10 Bass Cabinet. It’s not known what equipment was used by the Grohl siblings, but Mike believes it was mostly stuff already present at the house, since Dave lived and stored most of his equipment there.
The session was recorded on Barrett’s Tascam 8 track tape recorder through a Carvin MX2488 mixing desk. Cassette mixdowns were made at the end of the session and one of these first generation tapes was transferred to CD and shared online in 2004. The tape featured only the five instrumental songs recorded as of this session, and not any of the additions made in November.