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Incesticide [Best of]

Nirvana Audio CD
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And so, in the fiscally dark years between Nevermind and the much-delayed In Utero, Geffen Records cobbled together a pile of Nirvana b-sides and out-takes, and were so glad they had something to bleed the hungry grunge-hordes dry with that they allowed Cobain to give it the poisonous title Incesticide. As cash-ins go, it's one of the more essential ones: obviously there simply aren't that many Kurt Cobain songs in existence, and the inclusion of the incredibly rare single "Sliver" and the insanely catchy "Mexican Seafood" will gladden any Nirvana fan's heart. The 50s' pop parody of "Hairspray Queen" reminds us that--hey!--Kurt was a funny guy too, and "Aero Zeppelin" and "Big Long Now" would hardly look out of place on either Nevermind or In Utero. And the liner-notes--a Cobain-penned rant begging all jocks, homophobes, racists and sexists not to buy his records--are a piece of rock history in their own right. --Caitlin Moran

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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Lyrics and Hidden Gems July 9 2004
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Format:Audio CD
"Incesticide" shows the very excentric side of Kurt but it also shows the more "punky" side of the band. This CD showcases the band's earlier pieces with very simple lyrics and it also shows the hidden b-side gems.
The "simple-yet-catchy-melody" songs are the first category. shows on tracks 1 and 3, "Dive" and "Stain".
Then there are the songs from "Incesticide" that most people know since they were on the "Nirvana" album. These are "Sliver" and "Been a Son".
Then there are the covers. There's "Turnaround" originally by Devo and "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun" originally by The Vaselines.
Then there is a sped-up version of "Polly" that really ruins the version that most of us know from "Nevermind".
There are weird songs and weird songs with disturbing lyrics that I can assure you "Nevermind" fans would not dig. I always skip "Mexican Seafood" because as a 12 year old I don't think that my parents would approve me listening to it. "Beeswax", "Downer", "Mexican Seafood" and "Hairspray Queen" are amongst them. I didn't like the band as much when they were hard core in the early days.
Ah, finally-the hidden gems. The last three songs on this album are amazing, especially "Aneurysm". I love that song! The beat is so catchy, the lyrics have a very punk rock attitude to them. "Aero Zeppelin" is great and so is "Big Long Now".
I would call this album more interesting than wonderful. It really shows how the band progressed from that punk band from Seattle to the mainstream artists they were since "Nevermind". I would reccomend this album but I would suggest purchasing "In Utero" and "Nevermind" first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the Dale demos June 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
And now for my somwhat-disjointed review. Bleach and Insecticide are my favorite Nirvana albums. Due to their lack of total melody, it makes for a challenging listen. Thank God the songs off Insecticide aren't as formulaic as Nirvana's two major label studio releases. Kurt tried to recapture the natural lo-fi sound of Bleach and attempted to apply it to In Utero... by spending thousands upon thousands of dollars. Sorry, but there's no replicating a lack of money, and a plethora or ingenuity that you once had, buddy. The Dale demos on side B are the only songs I never tire of. Beeswax, Downer, Mexican Seafood, Hairspray Queen, Aero Zepplin, oh how I love thee. Though they're pretty low-budget they're still more complex than anything from Nevermind and In Utero. Big Long Now is good to play in the background if you don't want to listen to deafening silence. I'm not too keen on the songs from the Peel sessions except for Turnaround. Aneurysm is the ultimate in slicked-up rock music posing a punk. What's with everyone's love affair with Dive and Sliver? I just don't feel whatever everyone else loves about those two songs.
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Incesticide, as I'm sure you all know, is not a formal album; it is a collection of b-sides, rarities and unreleased songs, recorded between 1988 and 1991. This was released only 9 months before In Utero, and was basically used to hold off fans until the 3rd Nirvana album; In a sense, this took on an identity of it's own as Nirvana's 3rd album.
The first song, Dive, is follows the tradition of strong introductory tracks on Nirvana albums; equal parts Cheap Trick and Black Sabbath, the song is their hit song "In Bloom"s Darker, angrier, twin brother. The slinky bass line is among Krist Novoselic's best.
The second song, Sliver, is among the bands best tracks. A spikey burst of cathartic pop punk, this song was the only charting hit on Incesticide, reaching 19 on the Modern Rock charts. Although it deals with themes of alienation, it is among Nirvana's most bouncy tracks, owing much to Kurt's love of The Pixies, and The Vaselines.
The album isn't all classics though; tracks like the terrible, teenage garage band throw away "Stain", the subpar sludge of "Big Long Now", and the self-parodizing "(New Wave) Polly" remind you that this album is just a b-sides collection; still gems like "Dive", "Sliver", "Been A Son", "Son Of A Gun", "Aero Zeppelin", and "Aneurysm" prove it's a b-side collection worth owning, for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana goes alternitive April 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ten years gone, and Nirvana's music is still running wild. This record goes more alternitave than their other albums. This cd even punkers will love. If you like "Green Day", you will definitley love this cd. Before I bought this cd I though "Nevermind" was the best album in the world(which you should buy in addition to this)but after just heiring this album I simply thought, this is the greatest Nirvana record I have ever heard. It is the best really. Well actually a tie between this and "Nevermind", becuase "Nevermind" is an incredible record.
Insesticide also really defines grunge. And most of the songs on this record is from the "Vaselines". They wrote all of my favorite songs. They wrote "Mollys Lips" and "Son of a gun", which are amazing songs. This record could really get you into the Vaselines. They are an amazing band.
This is definitley a must, if your a Nirvana fan or not, if you like bands like "Green Day" and "blink 182", you'll love this cd. Ten years without kurt, we need you dude.
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Published on Nov. 3 2011 by RyanJ
1.0 out of 5 stars GREEDY record company hungry for CASH ! Not worth yours !!!
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Published on Dec 2 2010 by Gilles Castonguay
3.0 out of 5 stars I agree with the other guy
yah seriously don't get this unless you've heard all the other Nirvana albums. I was quite disapointed and understand why it's a b-side album... Read more
Published on July 27 2005 by Kyle W. Bauman
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Nirvana CD
though i have an obsession with all of nirvana's albums( Bleach, Nevermind, In Utero, Unplugged)and originally "got into" nirvana by way of nevermind, i have to say that... Read more
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Published on July 14 2004 by "yesterday_sucks"
1.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana changed the face of Rock--For the worst!
What a gyp! The only good song on here is Aneurysm! The rest is awful, tuneless noize muzak! I think I'll pass on this one, and every one of Nirvana's plethora o' peddlings of... Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by essequential
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!!
During Nirvana's time in the spotlight (from Nevermind through Kurt's death), this was my favorite album of theirs. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Grant McKee
4.0 out of 5 stars good
ok....this cd is geat. anyone who says this cd is only for "hardcore" nirvana fans is wrong! do not hesitate to buy this cd. Read more
Published on June 17 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This may not be Nirvanas best album but it has great catchy songs like Dive,Sliver and others.So I give this album 4 stars. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by Jmetal86
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this.
Incesticide is just amazing. Even the name, "Incesticide", is clever. In my opinion the highlights are Dive, Sliver, Turnaround, Son of a Gun, Molly's lips (the covers... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Olivia
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