NIRVANA

nirvana-350wHomebase: Aberdeen / Olympia / Seattle, WA.
Notes: Nirvana was a rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era. In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album Bleach for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first single from the band's second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana's sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band's frontman Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana being considered the "flagship band" of Generation X. In response, Nirvana's third studio album, In Utero (1993), featured an abrasive, less-mainstream sound and challenged the group's audience. The album did not match the sales figures of Nevermind but was still a commercial success and critically acclaimed. Nirvana's brief run ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain's widow Courtney Love. Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, its first year of eligibility. Nirvana had almost countless issues of their  recordings released in many different countries -- and time and space forbid us from documenting all of those variations. Instead we offer a simple discography of their prime units.

Nirvana concert set-list, late-1991, courtesy Gina Arnold collection.

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MISC NOTES: Sub Pop Singles Club #1

LOCATION: Seattle, WA
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RECORDING STUDIO: Reciprocal Studios
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SIZE: 7"
SPEED: 45 rpm
DISC NOTES: 1200 copies, 1000 of which are numbered.

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1989-06-15

SIDE ONE:

1.) Blew
2.) Floyd The Barber
3.) About A Girl
4.) School
5.) Love Buzz

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1.) Negative Creep
2.) Scoff
3.) Swap Meet
4.) Mr. Moustache
5.) Sifting

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MISC NOTES: Nirvana's second LP. To date, the best-selling album in the DGC catalog is Nevermind, the 1991 album by Nirvana, reaching international sales of twenty-five million albums worldwide, with ten million sold in the United States and is one of the first albums to be certified "Diamond" level in sales.

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1993-09-21

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KAOS CD 1MISC NOTES: Recorded live on April 17, 1987.

Songs: "Love Buzz"; "Floyd The Barber"; "Downer"; "Mexican Seafood"; "White Lace and Strange"; "Spank Thru"; "Anorexorcist"; "Hairspray Queen"; "Pen Cap Chew".

LOCATION: KAOS radio studios, Evergreen State College, Olympia WA.
RECORDING PERSONNEL: Skid Row: Kurt Cobain (guitar/vocals); Krist Novoselic (bass); Aaron Burkhard (drums).
RECORDING STUDIO: KAOS radio, Olympia, WA.
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FORMAT: CD
DISC NOTES: Bootleg release.

 

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