Blew

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Blew
NirvanaBlewEP.jpg
EP by
ReleasedDecember 1989
Recorded
  • June–September 1988
  • December 1988–January 1989
  • September 1989
GenreGrunge
Length11:32
LanguageEnglish
LabelTupelo
ProducerJack Endino, Steve Fisk
Nirvana chronology
Bleach
(1989)
Blew
(1989)
Nevermind
(1991)
Nirvana singles chronology
Love Buzz
(1988)
Blew
(1989)
Sliver
(1990)
"Blew"
Song by Nirvana
from the album Bleach
ReleasedDecember 1989
Recorded1988–1989
GenreAlternative rock, grunge
Length2:56
LabelSub Pop
Songwriter(s)Kurt Cobain
Producer(s)Jack Endino
Bleach track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Blew"
  2. "Floyd the Barber"
  3. "About a Girl"
  4. "School"
  5. "Love Buzz"
  6. "Paper Cuts"
  7. "Negative Creep"
  8. "Scoff"
  9. "Swap Meet"
  10. "Mr. Moustache"
  11. "Sifting"
Audio sample
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

"Blew" is the title of a song and EP released by American rock band Nirvana.

Songs[edit]

"Blew" was written in 1988 by Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. The song was recorded in December 1988 and initially appeared as the first track on Nirvana's 1989 debut album Bleach. Blew remained one of the only songs from the Bleach era to stay on Nirvana's live setlist throughout their entire performance history. Even on the band's final show on March 1st, 1994 in Munich, Germany, it was performed during the encore, giving it the distinction of being the second to last song ever performed by the band. In addition to the song "Blew", the release also includes "Love Buzz". This mix of "Love Buzz" is the Bleach version, as opposed to the 7" Sub Pop Singles version mix. The version of "Been a Son" that was recorded for the EP is hailed as the "definitive take" of that song as it encompasses Nirvana's thrashing signature sound as well as Krist Novoselic's bass guitar solo being much more pronounced in the mix.[2] "Stain" features both dual vocal and dual guitar tracks.[2]

Release[edit]

Blew was released in December 1989 on Tupelo Records on 12" vinyl and compact disc. Originally the EP was going to be called Winnebago.[3] The extended play was originally intended to be released to promote an upcoming European tour, but this plan was scrapped, and the maxi-single ended up being released exclusively in the UK shortly after its completion.

As Blew was released only in the UK it was difficult to obtain elsewhere. Only 3,000 copies of the maxi-single were pressed on 12" vinyl and CD. Both vinyl and CD counterfeit copies exist, of which the vinyl copies vary in colour (the official 12" vinyl was only pressed on black vinyl).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Kurt Cobain, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Blew" 2:56
2."Love Buzz" (Shocking Blue cover)Robbie van Leeuwen3:36
Side two
No.TitleLength
3."Been a Son"2:22
4."Stain"2:38
  • "Blew" and "Love Buzz" were previously released on Bleach.
  • "Been a Son" was later released on the "best-of" compilation Nirvana and a different version appears on Incesticide.
  • "Stain" was later released on Incesticide.

Other versions[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Nirvana

Production

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nirvana: Blew EP". Allmusic.
  2. ^ a b St Thomas, Kurt and Smith, Troy. (2004). Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects. St Martin's Griffin. pp. 54. ISBN 0-312-20663-1.
  3. ^ https://www.livenirvana.com/interviews/8908ep/index.php

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