The Deep Six compilation was released March 1986 (catalog# CZ001). It was the very first release by C/Z Records, a few months before the release of Sub Pop 100 from Sub Pop. It was also arguably the second record to influence the later "Seattle sound" that would be known worldwide as grunge (the first being Green River's debut EP Come on Down). The album was reissued as a joint C/Z Records/A&M Records release on April 6, 1994 (catalog # 6971 2400 2)
An alternative version of Soundgarden's "Heretic" appears on the soundtrack for the 1990 film Pump Up the Volume, as well as on the Soundgarden EP Loudest Love; a re-recorded version of Soundgarden's "All Your Lies" (with new drummer Matt Cameron) appears on their album Ultramega OK and the original appears on the band's compilation album Telephantasm, while a re-recorded version of "Tears to Forget" (with Cameron) appears on their EP Screaming Life. Alternative versions of the Melvins' "Blessing the Operation" and "Grinding Process" appear on 26 Songs.