by Nirvana


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Buying time and thwarting bootleggers, Nirvana and DGC released the rarities compilation Incesticide toward the end of 1992. Like any odds'n'sods collection, this is uneven, but that's its charm since it captures Nirvana's character better than any official album. After all, this was a band that was born equally from '70s sludge metal, bubblegum pop, post-punk artiness, and indie rock inclusiveness, each of which are apparent on this collection. There are some non-entities here, particularly on the second side, but the plodding sub-metallic grind was part of their identity, one part of their multi-faceted character. Nirvana meant everything to everyone, from the jangle pop veterans to the garage rock ravers that worshipped the Stooges to stoner metal fetishes and indie rock bed-sits that adopted Sebadoh just as they outgrew Morrissey -- everybody loved Nirvana, and there's something for every kind fan here, thanks to murky sludge, Devo and Vaseline covers, BBC sessions, instrumentals, and limited-edition singles, plus sub-Melvins goop, everything visceral where Bleach was tame. Nevermind doesn't capture this freewheeling indie spirit but Incesticide does, piling on some essentials in the meantime -- the pummeling "Dive," the childhood snapshot "Sliver," the terrific forgotten indie pop tune "Been a Son," and "Aneurysm," perhaps the greatest single song the group ever recorded. Yeah, there's some filler here, but this is the sound of what Nirvana was actually like.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/1992
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0720642450420
catalogNumber: 24504
Rank: 7432

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nirvana   Primary Artist
Chad Channing   Drums
Kurt Cobain   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Grohl   Drums
Krist Novoselic   Bass

Technical Credits

Jack Endino   Producer
Steve Fisk   Producer
Dale Crover   Contributor
Miti Adhikari   Producer
Chad Channing   Composer
Kurt Cobain   Composer,Artwork
M. Engles   Engineer
Dale "Buffin" Griffin   Producer
Dave Grohl   Composer
F. Kay   Engineer
Krist Novoselic   Composer
Dan Peters   Contributor
Butch Vig   Producer
Robert Fisher   Art Direction
John Taylor   Engineer

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Incesticide 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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This album is the one that you can truly see how nirvana really was. Sliver, Son of a Gun are some of my favorite songs of all time and oh yeah Nirvana is the BEST band of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was 17 when Bleach came out. We spun that disk ‘till it practically wore thin. I can vividly remember driving an hour west from Morehead State to Lexington, KY to pick up Nevermind the day it came out. The ride back was something I will never forget. We didn’t even know what grunge was yet. When I look at the revolution that the X-generation gave to music history, this is the album that most typifies this onslaught. While Nevermind and In-Utero are both complete and cohesive packages, it is this gem of an album that I most remember. If you are a music lover, and the history of the moments are important to you, there is no way that this album will disappoint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My opinion is that this IS a great album. They sound great,`cause thay ARE great,and the songs on this album will confirm that. A must for all Nirvana fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay Okay this wasn't the greatness that Nirvana is known for but some songs on here are good none the less. Been a son was good as well as silver. All the songs were good just all of them weren't up to par with Nirvana's splender. I bought it you should to. It's a must for any real Nirvana fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good album, even if it is odds and ends. Because it's odds and ends, it really shows every side of Nirvana.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I could be damned but Incesticide was a collection of previously unreleased material that people kept bootlegging and alot of it were songs from before Nevermind( if not all of it). It's a great album, I thought the New-wave Polly gave it a faster cooler touch to the sad and sincere song. The most powerful song is Aneurysm which has really great energy.. makes me want to jump around and destroy stuff ^_^ Nirvana's a really really great band, I love them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The weakest song on the album is ''Been a Son'', and it is still an amazing pop tune, that NOBODY alive today could better. Nirvana are the greatest band of all time, and this is one of the greatest albums of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
after the "polished" sound of 'Nevermind', Kurt wanted an extremely different sound. that is why they recorded 'Insesticide'. some think the extremly distorted, grungy sound is a bit over the top, but it is really awesome to play with different sounds, so i really liked this album... and i hope you do too!!! ... also: really cool songs: "(new wave) polly" (a distorted electric version of the original acoustic "polly" on Nevermind), "dive", and "aneurysm". LOVE IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD!A MUST have for any REAL grunge/punk rock fan to have.It simply proves Nirvana would not be held by any record company boundries. One or two of the songs may be a little underdone, but all classics never-the-less.
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C'mon guys what was that??? I mean I know you had overwelming success with Nivermind, But dang...I know what It was you where so caught up with stardom that you figured Hey since we rule the world now, I guess we can give our fans a like greatest outake album, yea cool man, rock on! .......Not this time