Nirvana - Incesticide (2xLP Vinyl)

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Incesticide is a compilation album by the American rock band Nirvana. It consists of their 1990 non-album single "Sliver", B-sides, demos, outtakes, cover versions, and radio broadcast recordings, and as such is not the official follow-up to the band's breakthrough album, Nevermind.

Early in 1992, Jonathan Poneman of Sub Pop contacted Gary Gersh, who had previously signed Nirvana to DGC Records, to inform him that Sub Pop still had a number of unreleased early Nirvana recordings in their possession. The band had intended to release the material via Sub Pop and cynically called it Cash Cow. However, Sub Pop could not match Geffen's distribution network, and the band felt that getting the material maximum exposure was important. Sub Pop sold the recordings to Geffen for "a six-figure amount" on the condition that the band would create and approve the release of an album by Christmas 1992.

At the time, the majority of the material on Incesticide was circulating within fan communities (albeit in lower quality). It was widely reported in the music press that the band wanted to offer fans a higher-quality alternative. In the book Cobain Unseen, Charles R. Cross writes that Kurt Cobain agreed to the release of this compilation because he was allowed complete control over the album's artwork.

Since the songs were recorded in different sessions and some were recorded when Nirvana did not have a stable formation, the album includes recordings by four different drummers: Chad Channing, Dan Peters, Dale Crover, and Dave Grohl.


One of my favorite Nirvana albums so far. I like how this is so anti everything and stays true to the sound this band was really after.

Now don't get me wrong I am aware this is a b-sides collection, but there's something about it that I just feel attracted to, perhaps the fact that this is mostly unknown to the vast majority of people who only know and praise this band's most commercial moments, and yet, this contains some really nice material. Some songs seem more like a hit and miss sort of thing, but like I said, from my perception, this seems like the original idea and concept Kurt Cobain was really after concerning Nirvana's sound.

By: Fargas


A1 Dive
A2 Sliver
A3 Stain
A4 Been A Son
B1 Turnaround
B2 Molly's Lips
B3 Son Of A Gun
B4 (New Wave) Polly
B5 Beeswax
C1 Downer
C2 Mexican Seafood
C3 Hairspray Queen
C4 Aero Zeppelin
D1 Big Long Now
D2 Aneurysm


Compilation of rarities and previously unreleased songs.
The album was released on December 14, 1992, in Europe, and December 15, 1992, in the United States.

Previously unreleased songs -
"Hairspray Queen", "Aero Zeppelin", and "Big Long Now" were officially unreleased at the time, as well as the versions of "Been a Son", "Aneurysm", and "(New Wave) Polly", which are different from the versions previously released on the Blew EP, the Smells Like Teen Spirit single, and the Nevermind record, respectively.

Previously released songs
"Dive" and "Sliver" were released on the Sliver single in 1990. "Dive" was also previously released on The Grunge Years compilation album in 1991.
"Stain" was released on the Blew EP in 1989.
The three cover songs, "Turnaround" (Devo), "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun" (The Vaselines) were released on the Hormoaning (Exclusive Australian '92 Tour EP) in 1992, which was only released in Japan and Australia.
"Mexican Seafood" appeared on the 1989 Teriyaki Asthma Vols. I-V compilation.
"Beeswax" appeared on the 1991 Kill Rock Stars compilation album.
"Downer" appears on the CD version of Nirvana's 1989 debut album Bleach.