Illiteracy Will Prevail by Fecal Matter
Illiteracy Will Prevail
Name Illiteracy Will Prevail
Album Type Demo Album
Genres Punk
Release Date


Recorded Date and Place December 1985 (Azzerad)

Easter 1986 (Gaar)

Label None
Length 56:38

Illiteracy Will Prevail is a rare demo tape by the short lived punk band, Fecal Matter. It was released in 1985. It is the only release of the band, and is sought by bootleggers and collectors. Much of the album's fame revolves around the fact it is Kurt Cobain's project before friend Krist Novoselic joined him to form Nirvana.

History Edit

At the time of recording, Fecal Matter was only made up of Cobain and Dale Clover. Kurt handled the vocals and guitars while Clover was the drummer/bassist. The album was recorded on a 4-Track recorder. Kurt Cobain passed copies of his demo tape to his friends. He had hoped to start a band, and he asked his friend Novoselic to join up with him. Over the years, many copies of the album dissappeared. One of the only known persons to have a copy is Courtney Love.

In 2006, one version of the album was leaked on Myspace by three people. However, it was incomplete and was in very poor quality. However, three songs from the album confirmed by past owners to be legit were leaked a week later. They were the first three songs on the album.

In 2015, the same people who 7uploaded the three songs on Myspace uploaded the album in its entirety in 2015 on YouTube, as well as on both lossless and mp3 format. This album has been confirmed to be real.

Legacy Edit

The album is sought after by many bootleggers and collectors. There are many false versions of the album. Coutrney Love has a legit copy, and fans wish she would distribute it.

Tracklist Edit

No. Name Length
1. Sound of Dentage 3:42
2. Untitled (Reefer Madness and commercial exceprts) 1:19
3. Bambi Slaughter 3:24
4. Laminated Effect (Made Not Born)" 2:10
5. Are You Controlled" 2:39
6. Punk Rocker 4:00
7. I Dont Want You 1:57
8. Anorexorcist 9:16
9. Accusations 4:35
10. Spank Thru 3:51
11. Insurance 1:31
12. Class of '86 4:20
13. Balther's Log 2:29
14. Downer 3:04
15. Instramental" (Instrumental version of track 7) 1:40
16. Turnaround" (Original Devo version) 2:07
17. Untitled (Guitar riffs to songs on the album) 6:13

Personell Edit

  • Kurt Cobain – vocals, guitars (1985–1986)
  • Dale Crover – bass guitar, drums (1985–1986)
  • Greg Hokanson – drums (1985–1986)