Incesticide

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.[1]

For chemical agents used to kill insects, see Insecticide.
1992 compilation album by Nirvana
Incesticide
Compilation album by

Released December 14, 1992
Recorded 1988–1991
Genre
Length 44:41
Label DGC
Producer Various
Nirvana chronology
Hormoaning
(1992)
Incesticide
(1992)
In Utero
(1993)

The album was released on December 14, 1992, in Europe, and December 15, 1992, in the United States. It eventually reached number 39 on the Billboard 200.

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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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2]

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.

  • 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.
  • “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.
  • “Downer” appears on the CD version of Nirvana’s 1989 debut album Bleach.

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