Breed (song)

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Song by Nirvana from the album Nevermind
Released September 24, 1991 (Nevermind)
Recorded May/June 1991 at Sound City, Van Nuys and Devonshire, North Hollywood
Length 3:03
Label DGC Records
Writer(s) Kurt Cobain
Producer(s) Butch Vig
Nevermind track listing

"Breed" is a song by American rock band Nirvana written by frontman Kurt Cobain. It is the fourth song on their 1991 studio album Nevermind.


"Breed" is a song written about being trapped in middle-class America. The song was developed by the band during live performances in 1989 when they toured Europe with their Sub Pop labelmates TAD.[1] In an interview with Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt, he explained that the song was "hypnotic," and a stylistic breakthrough for the band. He stated that "audiences would become ecstatic. They were experiencing Nirvana. And when you're experiencing really good, primal rock n roll, you break into a trance."[2] The original version was recorded at Smart Studios with producer Butch Vig.

In 2017, to mark what would have been Kurt Cobain's 50th birthday, the Phonographic Performance Limited released a list of the top twenty most played Nirvana songs on the TV and radio in the UK in which "Breed" was ranked at number thirteen.[3]

Live versions[edit]


American heavy metal band Otep recorded a cover of "Breed" for their 2007 album The Ascension, and they released a video for the cover.[1]