Release date
15 Dec 1992
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dive 3:55 242,061
2 Sliver 2:11 473,142
3 Stain 2:41 190,287
4 Been a Son 2:34 404,931
5 Turnaround (BBC John Peel Session 1990) 2:19 1,821
6 Molly's Lips (BBC John Peel Session 1990) 1:54 2,174
7 Son Of A Gun (BBC John Peel Session 1990) 2:48 1,760
8 (New Wave) Polly (BBC Mark Goodier Session) 1:48 1,682
9 Beeswax 2:50 165,763
10 Downer 2:16 298,733
11 Mexican Seafood 2:03 166,955
12 Hairspray Queen 4:33 158,571
13 Aero Zeppelin 4:41 183,172
14 Big Long Now 5:04 170,888
15 Aneurysm 4:36 301,863

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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