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Australian Hormoaning Cover.jpg
Australian cover
EP by Nirvana
ReleasedFebruary 5, 1992
LabelDGC, Geffen
ProducerDale Griffin, Craig Montgomery
Nirvana chronology
Japanese cover
Japanese Hormoaning Cover.jpg

Hormoaning is an EP by the American rock band Nirvana. It was released on February 5, 1992 through DGC Records and Geffen Records. It was released in Australia and Japan only, during the band's tour there.


Four of the songs on Hormoaning are covers which had not been released previously. The remaining two songs are Nirvana originals which previously appeared as b-sides to singles for Nevermind.

"Aneurysm" and "Even in His Youth", two Nirvana originals produced and engineered by Craig Montgomery, also appear as b-sides on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single. This version of "Aneurysm" later appeared on disc two of the rarities box set With the Lights Out in 2004 and is different from the version released on Incesticide in 1992.

The other four songs are from a Peel Session, recorded for BBC Radio on October 21, 1990. "Turnaround" (originally by Devo), "Son of a Gun" and "Molly's Lips" (originally by The Vaselines) appear on the Incesticide album. "D-7" is a cover of the Wipers song and appears on the UK version of the "Lithium" single and later on disc 2 of With the Lights Out in 2004.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Village VoiceA-[2]

In Australia, 15,000 official copies were released: 4,000 on burgundy 12" vinyl, 10,000 on CD, and 1,000 on cassette. There were two different pressings of the Australian CD, one with a silver CD and one with a blue CD. In Japan it was released on CD in large quantities. The Australian and Japanese releases have entirely different artwork. The Australian version is considered rare due to the limited numbers. There were only two official Japanese pressings, both on CD with barely noticeable variations in artwork. The Japanese CDs were rushed out without prior consent from the US parent company and as a result the cover art is taken from the inside artwork of the Nevermind album. All Japanese vinyl copies were counterfeit. Counterfeit versions of the Japanese CD's also exist and the Australian blue CD version has also been counterfeited. The Australian silver CD is the only official version of which counterfeit copies are not known to exist.[citation needed]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau gave Hormoaning an "A–" and found it almost as good as their second album Nevermind (1991) and far superior to their first record Bleach (1989), particularly because "without David Grohl they're sludge monkeys".[3] He named it the 33rd best album of 1992 in his list for the Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics published by The Village Voice.[4] In a retrospective review, AllMusic's Steve Bekkala gave the EP four out of five stars and called it "a revealing entry in the catalog of the most influential rock band of the '90s".[5]

Hormoaning was officially re-released on Record Store Day (April 16, 2011) as a 12" vinyl. Only 6000 unnumbered copies were released.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Turnaround" (Casale, Mothersbaugh)  – 2:21
  2. "Aneurysm" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic)  – 4:49
  3. "D-7" (Sage)  – 3:47
  4. "Son of a Gun" (Kelly, McKee)  – 2:50
  5. "Even in His Youth" (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic)  – 3:07
  6. "Molly's Lips" (Kelly, McKee)  – 1:53




  • Mike Engles – engineering on "Turnaround", "D-7", "Son of a Gun", and "Molly's Lips"
  • Dale Griffin – production on "Turnaround", "D-7", "Son of a Gun", and "Molly's Lips"
  • Fred Kay – engineer on "Turnaround", "D-7", "Son of a Gun", and "Molly's Lips"
  • Craig Montgomery – production, engineer on "Aneurysm" and "Even in His Youth"
  • Andy Wallacemixing on "Aneurysm" and "Even in His Youth"


1992 original release[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Australian (ARIA) Albums Chart[7] 2
Japanese (Oricon) Albums Chart[8] 67

2011 Record Store Day re-release[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
U.S Billboard Tastemaker Albums Chart[9] 20

Release history[edit]

The following table shows the release history of official releases of Hormoaning.

Year Country Type Number of copies produced Record label
1992 Australia Compact Disc (Blue) 5000 Geffen Records
Compact Disc (Silver) 5000
Compact Cassette 1000
Vinyl record (Burgundy) 4000
Japan Compact Disc (Two versions) Unknown Geffen Records (Japan)
2011 United States Vinyl record (Black) 6000 Universal Music Group

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Steve Bekkala (January 1992). "Nirvana - Harmoaning". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 1992). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2, 1992). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Pazz & Jop 1992: Dean's List". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Bekkala, Steve. "Hormoaning – Nirvana". AllMusic. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Record Store Day 2011". Bull Moose. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  8. ^ "Hormoaning" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  9. ^ Nirvana Tastemaker Albums billboard.com. Retrieved 27 April, 2014.

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