Sub Pop
Release date
14 Oct 1991
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Blew (Album) 2:53 2,849
2 Floyd The Barber (Album) 2:17 2,783
3 About A Girl (Album) 2:47 3,441
4 School (Album) 2:41 2,938
5 Love Buzz (Album) 3:34 3,041
6 Paper Cuts (Album) 4:04 2,674
7 Negative Creep (Album) 2:55 2,589
8 Scoff (Album) 4:09 2,539
9 Swap Meet (Album) 3:02 2,623
10 Mr. Moustache (Album) 3:23 2,768
11 Sifting (Album) 5:21 2,327
12 Big Cheese (Album) 3:41 2,638
13 Downer (Album) 1:42 2,710

About this album

Bleach is the debut album by the American grunge band Nirvana. It was released on June 15, 1989 through the independent record label Sub Pop. Bleach originally sold a mere 30,000 copies, but following the enormous success of the band’s second album, Nevermind (1991), fans discovered Nirvana’s obscure debut. It has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, making it one of only two albums released on Sub Pop to have received platinum certification.

The main sessions for Bleach took place at Reciprocal Recording Studios in Seattle, Washington, with local producer Jack Endino manning the board. Nirvana began recording with a five hour session on December 24, 1988. The band recorded again on December 29-31, and on January 14 and 24. Ultimately Endino billed the group for 30 hours of recording time. Three of the album’s songs–”Floyd the Barber”, “Paper Cuts”, and the CD-only track “Downer”–were recorded during a previous session at Reciprocal Studios in 1988, featuring Dale Crover on drums. Despite attempts to re-record them with new drummer Chad Channing, the band ultimately decided to remix the versions recorded with Crover for the final version of Bleach. “Big Long Now” was omitted from the album because vocalist/guitarist Kurt Cobain felt “there was already enough slow heavy stuff on Bleach, and he “didn’t want that song to go out”, according to Endino.

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