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Released  December 14, 1992
Length  44:45
Incesticide (1992)  In Utero (1993)
Release date  14 December 1992
Recorded  1988–1991
Producer  Various
Artist  Nirvana
Label  FILMED ENTERTAINMENT INC.
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Genres  Grunge, Rock music, Punk rock, Alternative rock, Noise rock, Garage rock
Similar  Nirvana albums, Grunge albums

Incesticide is a compilation album by the American grunge band Nirvana. It consists of their 1990 non-album single "Sliver", B-sides, demos, outtakes, covers, and radio broadcast recordings. 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, but 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. The album was released on December 14, 1992 in Europe, and December 15, 1992 in the United States and eventually reached number thirty-nine on the Billboard 200. 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.

Contents

Nirvana dive


Previously unreleased

  • The 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.
  • "Downer" appears on the CD version of Nirvana's 1989 debut album Bleach but was only included from the 1992 reissue onwards.
  • Previously released

  • "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 EP in 1992, which was only released in Japan and Australia.
  • "Mexican Seafood" appeared on the 1989 Teriyaki Asthma Volume 1 compilation.
  • "Beeswax" appeared on the 1991 Kill Rock Stars compilation album.
  • Artwork and packaging

    The cover art was painted by Cobain, who is credited as Kurdt Kobain in the liner notes. The rubber duck seen on the album's back cover also belonged to Cobain. The front cover prominently displays a poppy, hinting at Cobain's struggle with heroin addiction.

    The first several pressings of the album contained liner notes written by Cobain. Versions of the album containing the liner notes by Cobain could be found at record stores as late as 1998. Initial copies in the US and Canada also contained a "Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics" sticker.

    Commercial performance

    Incesticide was released on December 14, 1992 in the United Kingdom, and on December 15, 1992 in the United States. The record label, Geffen, decided against heavily promoting the album, possibly to avoid a "Nirvana burnout" as the band had released Nevermind and four singles in the preceding fifteen months. Despite this lack of promotion and being a collection of old and new material, Incesticide debuted at number 51 in the Billboard 200 and sold 500,000 copies in two months. The album is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. On November 23, 2012, Incesticide was re-released on vinyl as a limited two LP 45 RPM edition for its 20th anniversary.

    Critical reception

    The album received generally positive reviews. "Nobody really wants a Hatful of Hollow-type assortment of Peel/Goodier sessions, b-sides, demos and obscurities in the place of a proper studio album," observed Andrew Perry in Select. "But, hell, wouldn't you try and put an end to the consumer madness going on in your name? And harvest some of the money for yourself? Anyway, people might start talking about the music again…" In a review for AllMusic, music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said of the song "Aneurysm" on Incesticide, that it was "perhaps the greatest single song the group ever recorded".

    Track listing

    All tracks written by Kurt Cobain except where noted.

    Personnel

    All sessions:

  • Kurt Cobain – vocals, guitar
  • Krist Novoselic – bass guitar
  • Seattle, WA: Reciprocal Recording Studios (January 23, 1988)
    Nirvana's first studio demo tape.
    Songs: "Beeswax", "Downer", "Mexican Seafood", "Hairspray Queen" and "Aero Zeppelin"

  • Dale Crover – drums
  • Jack Endino – producer, engineer
  • Seattle, WA: Reciprocal Recording Studios (December 1988 – January 1989)
    The Bleach recording sessions.
    Song: "Big Long Now"

  • Chad Channing – drums
  • Jack Endino – producer, engineer
  • Seattle, WA: Music Source Studios (September 1989)
    The Blew EP recording sessions.
    Song: "Stain"

  • Chad Channing – drums
  • Steve Fisk – producer
  • Madison, WI: Smart Studios (April 2, 1990 – April 6, 1990)
    The sessions for the planned second Sub Pop album.
    Song: "Dive"

  • Chad Channing – drums
  • Butch Vig – producer
  • Seattle, WA: Reciprocal Recording Studios (July 11, 1990)
    The "Sliver" Sub Pop single session.
    Song: "Sliver"

  • Dan Peters – drums
  • Jack Endino – producer, engineer
  • London, England: Maida Vale Studio 3 (October 21, 1990)
    The 1990 BBC session for John Peel.
    Songs: "Turnaround", "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun"

  • Dave Grohl – drums
  • Dale Griffin – producer
  • Mike Engles – engineer
  • Fred Kay – engineer
  • London, England: Maida Vale Studio 4 (November 9, 1991)
    The 1991 BBC session for Mark Goodier.
    Songs: "Been a Son", "(New Wave) Polly" and "Aneurysm"

  • Dave Grohl – drums
  • Miti Adhikari – producer
  • John Taylor – engineer
  • Songs

    1Dive
    2Sliver2:14
    3Stain2:41

    References

    Incesticide Wikipedia


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