|Compilation album by Nirvana|
|Released||December 14, 1992|
|Genre||Grunge, Punk Rock|
Incesticide is a compilation album by the American rock band Nirvana. Incesticide consists of their 1990 single "Sliver", demos, outtakes, covers, and radio broadcast recordings. At the time, all of the material on Incesticide was circulating within fan communities (albeit in lower quality). It was widely reported in the music press that the band wanted to offer fans a higher-quality alternative, but in the book Cobain Unseen, Charles R. Cross writes that Kurt Cobain agreed to the release of this compilation because he was allowed complete control over the album's artwork. The album was released on December 14, 1992 in Europe, and December 15, 1992 in the United States and eventually reached number thirty-nine on the Billboard 200. Since the songs were recorded in different sessions and some were recorded when Nirvana did not have a stable formation, the album includes recordings by four different drummers: Chad Channing, Dan Peters, Dale Crover, and Dave Grohl.
- The songs "Hairspray Queen", "Aero Zeppelin", and "Big Long Now" were officially unreleased at the time, as well as the versions of "Been a Son", "Aneurysm", and "(New Wave) Polly", which are different from the versions previously released on the Blew EP, the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" single, and the Nevermind record, respectively.
- "Downer" appears on the CD version of Nirvana's 1989 debut album Bleach but was only included from the 1992 reissue onwards.
- "Dive" and "Sliver" were released on the "Sliver" single in 1990. "Dive" was also previously released on The Grunge Years compilation album in 1991.
- "Stain" was released on the Blew EP in 1989.
- The three cover songs, "Turnaround" (Devo), "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun" (The Vaselines) were released on the Hormoaning EP in 1992, which was only released in Japan and Australia.
- "Mexican Seafood" appeared on the 1989 Teriyaki Asthma Volume 1 compilation.
- "Beeswax" appeared on the 1991 Kill Rock Stars compilation album.
Artwork and packaging
The cover art was painted by Cobain, who is credited as Kurdt Kobain in the liner notes. The rubber duck seen on the album's back cover also belonged to Cobain. The front cover prominently displays a poppy, hinting at Cobain's struggle with heroin addiction.
The first several pressings of the album contained liner notes written by Cobain. Versions of the album containing the liner notes by Cobain could be found at record stores as late as 1998. Initial copies in the US and Canada also contained a "Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics" sticker.
Incesticide was released on December 14, 1992 in the United Kingdom, and on December 15, 1992 in the United States. The record label, Geffen, decided against heavily promoting the album, possibly to avoid a "Nirvana burnout" as the band had released Nevermind and four singles in the preceding fifteen months. Despite this lack of promotion and being a collection of old and new material, Incesticide debuted at number 51 in the Billboard 200 and sold 500,000 copies in two months. The album is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. On November 23, 2012, Incesticide was re-released on vinyl as a limited two LP 45 RPM edition for its 20th anniversary.
The album received generally positive reviews. "Nobody really wants a Hatful of Hollow-type assortment of Peel/Goodier sessions, b-sides, demos and obscurities in the place of a proper studio album," observed Andrew Perry in Select. "But, hell, wouldn't you try and put an end to the consumer madness going on in your name? And harvest some of the money for yourself? Anyway, people might start talking about the music again…"
All songs written and composed by Kurt Cobain except where noted.
|1.||"Dive" (Cobain, Krist Novoselic)||Chad Channing||3:55|
|4.||"Been a Son"||Dave Grohl||1:56|
|5.||"Turnaround" (Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale)||Dave Grohl||2:19|
|6.||"Molly's Lips" (Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee)||Dave Grohl||1:54|
|7.||"Son of a Gun" (Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee)||Dave Grohl||2:48|
|8.||"(New Wave) Polly"||Dave Grohl||1:48|
|11.||"Mexican Seafood"||Dale Crover||1:55|
|12.||"Hairspray Queen" (Cobain, Novoselic)||Dale Crover||4:14|
|13.||"Aero Zeppelin" (Cobain, Novoselic)||Dale Crover||4:41|
|14.||"Big Long Now"||Chad Channing||5:04|
|15.||"Aneurysm" (Cobain, Novoselic, Dave Grohl)||Dave Grohl||4:36|
Seattle, WA: Reciprocal Recording Studios (January 23, 1988)
Nirvana's first studio demo tape. Those songs went to the compilation in their rough one-hour mix made by Endino on the day of the recording, though he would have loved to be given the chance to mix them properly.
Songs: "Beeswax", "Downer", "Mexican Seafood", "Hairspray Queen" and "Aero Zeppelin"
Seattle, WA: Reciprocal Recording Studios (December 1988 – January 1989)
The Bleach recording sessions.
Song: "Big Long Now"
- Chad Channing – drums
- Jack Endino – producer, engineer
Seattle, WA: Music Source Studios (September 1989)
The Blew EP recording sessions.
- Chad Channing – drums
- Steve Fisk – producer
- Chad Channing – drums
- Butch Vig – producer
Seattle, WA: Reciprocal Recording Studios (July 11, 1990)
The "Sliver" Sub Pop single session.
- Dan Peters – drums
- Jack Endino – producer, engineer
London, England: Maida Vale Studio 4 (November 9, 1991)
The 1991 BBC session for Mark Goodier.
Songs: "Been a Son", "(New Wave) Polly" and "Aneurysm"
- Dave Grohl – drums
- Miti Adhikari – producer
- John Taylor – engineer
- Azerrad, 1994. p. 295
- Incesticide liner notes
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- Azerrad, 1994. p. 357–358
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- Cross, p. 269
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