Bleach (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) by Nirvana on Apple Music

25 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Legend has it that Nirvana’s first album cost all of $606.17 to record, and no one in the band had the money to pay for it except “second guitarist” Jason Everman, who didn’t play on the record and was only briefly a member. The Seattle label Sub Pop—very deliberately marketing a Pacific Northwest “grunge” scene—determined the running order (after only requesting an EP) and, according to Kurt Cobain, influenced his writing toward the dark, negative, and outrageous. Fair enough, but there’s pure inspiration in the rage of “Negative Creep,” “School,” and “Mr. Mustache” and signs of pop in “About a Girl.” The 20th-anniversary deluxe edition features a March 2009 remastering from the original tapes by George Marino. It also adds a pre-fame live concert from the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Ore., in February 1990; it's an early look at the group’s live abilities based on a repertoire of Bleach and early tracks such as “Sappy,” “Spank Thru,” a cover of The Vaselines’ “Molly’s Lips,” and “Been a Son.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Legend has it that Nirvana’s first album cost all of $606.17 to record, and no one in the band had the money to pay for it except “second guitarist” Jason Everman, who didn’t play on the record and was only briefly a member. The Seattle label Sub Pop—very deliberately marketing a Pacific Northwest “grunge” scene—determined the running order (after only requesting an EP) and, according to Kurt Cobain, influenced his writing toward the dark, negative, and outrageous. Fair enough, but there’s pure inspiration in the rage of “Negative Creep,” “School,” and “Mr. Mustache” and signs of pop in “About a Girl.” The 20th-anniversary deluxe edition features a March 2009 remastering from the original tapes by George Marino. It also adds a pre-fame live concert from the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Ore., in February 1990; it's an early look at the group’s live abilities based on a repertoire of Bleach and early tracks such as “Sappy,” “Spank Thru,” a cover of The Vaselines’ “Molly’s Lips,” and “Been a Son.”

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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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