Incesticide by Nirvana on Apple Music

15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the explosive, unexpected success of Nirvana’s Nevermind, the band and its record label issued a set of frequently bootlegged material while Nirvana toured and worked up the songs for what would become In Utero. Nirvana had enough outtakes, limited-edition early singles, and live BBC radio recordings to assemble Incesticide, a collection truer to the band’s free spirit than its official studio albums. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” had introduced a well-produced alternative rock band with vague punk roots, but here two Vaselines covers (“Molly’s Lips,” “Son of a Gun”) and a Devo cover (“Turnaround”) were more Nirvana's style. The early single “Sliver” was a key track—as catchy as anything Cobain would ever write—while the version of “(New Wave) Polly” furthered the band's loose ends. “Been a Son” and “Aneurysm” stick closer to Nirvana's punk-pop side, while “Mexican Seafood,” “Hairspray Queen,” and “Aero Zeppelin” experiment toward the harder extremes. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the explosive, unexpected success of Nirvana’s Nevermind, the band and its record label issued a set of frequently bootlegged material while Nirvana toured and worked up the songs for what would become In Utero. Nirvana had enough outtakes, limited-edition early singles, and live BBC radio recordings to assemble Incesticide, a collection truer to the band’s free spirit than its official studio albums. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” had introduced a well-produced alternative rock band with vague punk roots, but here two Vaselines covers (“Molly’s Lips,” “Son of a Gun”) and a Devo cover (“Turnaround”) were more Nirvana's style. The early single “Sliver” was a key track—as catchy as anything Cobain would ever write—while the version of “(New Wave) Polly” furthered the band's loose ends. “Been a Son” and “Aneurysm” stick closer to Nirvana's punk-pop side, while “Mexican Seafood,” “Hairspray Queen,” and “Aero Zeppelin” experiment toward the harder extremes. 

TITLE TIME
1 3:54
2 2:16
3 2:40
1:55
2:19
1:54
2:48
1:47
2:50
10 1:43
1:55
4:13
4:41
14 5:03
15 4:35

About Nirvana

Even now, years after you first felt its edges, the chorus of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” still sounds too dangerous—too loud, too ugly, too upset—for any mainstream. And yet, Nirvana’s 1991 single didn’t just mark an unlikely breakthrough for the Seattle trio, it upended popular culture in ways we’ve haven’t seen since. Punk became pop, grunge became global vernacular, industry walls became rubble, and frontman Kurt Cobain became the reluctant voice of a generation in need of catharsis, all seemingly overnight. Though his 1994 suicide would see the band dissolve just as abruptly as they’d arrived, their story is now rock’n’roll parable and their influence still felt—as punks, icons, Hall of Famers, purveyors of haunting melody and often terrifying noise.

  • ORIGIN
    Aberdeen, WA
  • FORMED
    1987

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