|Single by The Fluid and Nirvana|
"Molly's Lips": February 9, 1990|
|Genre||Grunge, punk rock|
|Length||3:15 / 2:00|
|Nirvana singles chronology|
"Candy"/"Molly's Lips" is a vinyl-only split-single from the American rock bands The Fluid and Nirvana. It was released in January 1991 on Sub Pop records and includes two live tracks: "Candy" by The Fluid; and "Molly's Lips", a cover of a song by The Vaselines, performed by Nirvana.
"Molly's Lips" was recorded live on February 9, 1990, at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. It was written by the Scottish band The Vaselines about Molly Weir, according to band member Eugene Kelly, presumably because her Rentaghost television character Hazel McWitch typically appeared in whiteface with emphatic red lips. According to Michael Azerrad's 1993 Nirvana biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, the band's singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain was opposed to the release of the track, feeling that this version was not strong. However, the single constituted part of the band's buyout deal from their former record label, Sub Pop Records. "Candy/Molly's Lips" was Nirvana's final release on Sub Pop Records. The word "Later" is etched into the single's run-out groove. A remix of this version of Molly's Lips was included on the 2009 reissue of the Nirvana debut album Bleach.
- "Candy (Live)" by The Fluid – 3:15
- "Molly's Lips (Live)" by Nirvana – 2:00
The single was only released on 7 inch vinyl, and in limited numbers of 7500. The first 4000 copies were pressed on green swirled vinyl, the final 3500 pressed on black vinyl. Counterfeit versions of the single also pressed on black vinyl exist, but can be distinguished from the real version as the matrix number is different. The live version of 'Molly's Lips' by Nirvana was exclusive to the single, though was subsequently released on the 2009 Bleach reissue. The single is also notorious for being The Fluid's most famous release, due to the fact it was split with Nirvana, and exposed them to a wider audience.
Live versions of Molly's Lips
Apart from this 1990 live version, released on limited edition single in 1991, Nirvana performed "Molly's Lips" several other times in concert from 1989 to 1993. On August 23, 1991, it was performed live with its author, the Vaselines' Eugene Kelly, at the 1991 Reading Festival in Reading, Berkshire. It was again performed live with Kelly on December 5, 1991 in London, England. On both occasions, Kelly and Cobain shared vocal duties.
Studio version of Molly's Lips
Nirvana recorded a studio version on BBC Radio 1 for John Peel in October 1990 which appeared on the 1992 tour EP Hormoaning, and was also included on the rarities compilation Incesticide. This version was released as a 12" vinyl promotional single in Brazil, to promote Incesticide. 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 "Molly's Lips" was ranked at number eighteen.
- Molly's Lips (live) nirvana-discography.com. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
- Counterfeit Molly's Lips nirvana-discography.com. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
- Molly's Lips - studio version - promo single nirvana-discography.com. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
- 20 most-played Nirvana songs revealed to mark Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday planetrock.com. Retrieved March 3, 2017.