With another brief break in Nirvana tour dates, February 1991 saw Dave Grohl once again heading home to Virginia and Barrett Jones’ Laundry Room Studio. With the help of Jones, three songs were recorded in a single day - ‘Color Pictures Of A Marigold’, ‘Petrol CB’ and a cover of the Kim Wilde classic ‘Kids In America’.
As was now commonplace for Grohl all instruments for the three trackers were recorded by himself, although Jones did add backing vocals to ‘Petrol CB’ and ‘Kids In America’. Towards the end of the latter a tambourine and bar chime feature although it’s unknown which of the pair played these parts.
The two original tracks were, along with eight others, given by Grohl to Jenny Toomey for her Simple Machines cassette series, although ‘Petrol CB’ would first see release on the labels ‘Neapolitan Metropolitan’. The compilation released in early 1992 brought together songs from artists in Baltimore, Richmond and Washington D.C. with Grohl’s contribution, now titled ‘There’s That Song’, featured on the white Washington D.C. record.
Later that year saw the release of ‘Late! - Pocketwatch’, featuring both ‘Color Pictures Of A Marigold’ and now correctly titled ‘Petrol CB’. The two tracks were however erroneously credited as being recorded at an earlier session in 1990, due to Grohl mixing the two sessions on one cassette given to Jenny Toomey.
Fans became aware of the Kim Wilde cover in the mid-2000s but it wasn’t until 2015 that ‘Kids In America’ was released, featured on the special Record Store Day EP ‘Songs From The Laundry Room’.