Release date
15 Dec 1992
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dive 3:55 243,795
2 Sliver 2:11 475,790
3 Stain 2:41 191,569
4 Been a Son 2:34 406,883
5 Turnaround (BBC John Peel Session 1990) 2:19 1,928
6 Molly's Lips (BBC John Peel Session 1990) 1:54 2,288
7 Son Of A Gun (BBC John Peel Session 1990) 2:48 1,864
8 (New Wave) Polly (BBC Mark Goodier Session) 1:48 1,770
9 Beeswax 2:50 166,797
10 Downer 2:16 300,922
11 Mexican Seafood 2:03 168,044
12 Hairspray Queen 4:33 159,573
13 Aero Zeppelin 4:41 184,221
14 Big Long Now 5:04 171,926
15 Aneurysm 4:36 304,057

About this album

Incesticide is a compilation album by the American grunge band Nirvana. It was released on December 14, 1992 in Europe, and December 15, 1992 in the U.S. The album debuted at 51 and eventually reached number 39 in the Billboard Top 200.

Artwork and packaging

The Incesticide album art features a painting by Kurt Cobain on its front cover. Robert Fisher, Nirvana’s graphic designer on all of the band’s Geffen releases chose to credit the frontman as “Dave Grohl”.


Six of the fifteen songs were unreleased at the time (“Hairspray Queen”, “Aero Zeppelin”, “Big Long Now”, “Been A Son”, “(New Wave) Polly” and “Aneurysm”). Different versions of “Been a Son” and “Aneurysm” had been released on the Blew EP (1989) and the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” single (1991), respectively.

* “Dive” and “Sliver” were released on the “Sliver” single in 1990.
* “Stain” was released on the Blew EP.
* The three cover songs, “Turnaround” (Devo), “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun” (The Vaselines) were released on the Hormoaning EP in 1992. They are originally taken from a session recorded for BBC radio 1’s John Peel on 21 October 1990.
* “Mexican Seafood” appeared on the Teriyaki Asthma Volume 1 compilation (1989), and “Beeswax” appeared on the Kill Rock Stars compilation (1991).
* “Downer” appears on most versions of Nirvana’s debut album Bleach (1989). However, since it did not appear on all versions of the album, it was included on Incesticide.

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  • bleakaffinity

    always wish they would have recorded a studio album in the style of some of these songs. more poppy and less sludgy than bleach but with the more experimental song structures and rawness of production. which i know sounds like in utero, but not quite

    2 Jun 12:20am Reply
  • sharkk29

    it would've been a lot better if "Talk to me", "Oh the guilt", "Pen cap chew", "Even In His Youth", "D-7" and "Spank Thru" were included instead of numbers 4-8

    29 Mar 9:37am Reply
  • LiamRandolph

    I don't know all that much about the Nirvana fanbase, but something tells me this is that one unfortunately overlooked album. Love the energy on this one!

    25 Feb 8:43pm Reply
  • SpankThru23

    Aero Zeppelin is great

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • funereal_waif

    Best album by them in my opinion. I enjoyed every second of it.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pitpawten

    why I originally learned to play guitar

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • rustco

    Love it.

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rotting_schntzl

    love it because it's the closest to Fecal Matter-era Kurt, and i'm a Melvins fan.

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • ubuntnerdgrl

    My freshman year of highschool & my first boyfriend revolved around this album. Great memories!

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • redsnapper07

    20th anniversary of the iconic album INCESTICIDE dedicated! 16.12.2012 - Performance "Nirvana "Incesticide" Live 20 Years Later!!!" - Round Hills, 9 Torrent Hours, Tango Cocaine - The Russian Federation - Moscow - B2 club - 19:00

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • seeep

    only like Silver, other tracks are too boring for me not their best work at all

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • owlies

    those classic Incesticide liner notes - since ppl dont use CDs anymore

    30 Jul 2012 Reply
  • WestfieldCo

    Best Nirvana Album!

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Wek_anemico

    Incesticide = New Wave fuckin' awesome

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • quoooo

    bleach>in utero>unplugged>nevermind=incestide

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • Raahfah

    I can't believe i bought it O.O actually, i am looking to it right now... it have one fucking perfect image of kurt playing guitar *-*

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • Laikinai

    This album is incredible

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
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    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • flytheflag

    @norfrit, It is one of the best albums ever recorded. Best one by nirvana in my opinion.

    3 Apr 2012 Reply
  • norfrit

    wtf is this shit

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
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