In 1990, following a few other musical ventures including Washington D.C. hardcore band Scream, Dave Grohl became the latest drummer in Seattle grunge band NIRVANA. After joining the band Dave briefly stayed with bassist Krist Novoselic in Tacoma, Washington before moving in with singer and guitarist, Kurt Cobain, in his Olympia, Washington apartment.
Grohl recalled in later years that the time he spent in the apartment were not the best few months of his life. "The apartment was a mess the majority of the time, and not knowing Kurt that well made things uncomfortable and also quite boring. There wasn't a lot to do. There was a lot of time just spent sitting in the room totally silent reading or just totally silent doing nothing, staring at the walls." he recalled.
To cure this boredom Grohl would use an acoustic guitar he found in the apartment to play and record some of his own music using Kurt's 4-Track tape recorder. He had been writing and recording songs since he first started playing guitar in 1981 (his first song was titled 'Bitch', an ode to the family dog) and had continued to so throughout his early musical career, mainly with friend Barrett Jones.
Two songs were recorded whilst at the apartment, the first titled 'Friend Of A Friend' and the second 'Color Pictures Of A Marigold'. Grohl had fond memories of recording the former - "I just did a guitar track and some layered vocals, and Kurt was in his bedroom on the other side of the wall. I thought he was sleeping, and I was trying to be as quiet as possible.
He came in while I was listening back really, really quietly and said, 'what is that?!' And I said, 'Oh, just something I just recorded. 'He [was] like, 'Whoa, show me the guitar thing, show that to me.' and we used to kind of jam on it in the living room. That was probably the first time I ever thought, 'Wow, maybe I can write songs'".