Nirvana’s Bleach Gets 20th Anniversary Re-Issue

    After Nirvana released Nevermind in 1991, effectively changing the world as we know it, 1.7 million people were impressed with the band’s second album that they went out and purchased Nirvana’s debut, Bleach, making it a platinum record. What they discovered was that the band had, even before Nevermind, created a near-perfect album of churning punk. Photos in the liner notes showed they played wild live shows, like the previously unreleased performance at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Ore. on February 9, 1990 that’s been added to the new deluxe re-issue from Sub Pop. The new Bleach also includes an extensive booklet with unreleased photos, but the chance to hear Nirvana when their setlist (full listing below) meant Bleach and some tracks that ended up on Incesticide is the real attraction.


    The back cover of Bleach prominently states that the album was recorded for $500, an expression of the DIY ethos that fueled grunge and alternative music and was eventually co-opted and made profitable. Deluxe re-issues, on the other hand, aren’t very punk. Fans at the Pine Street Theatre on February 9, 1990 might have thought they’d never need a glossy booklet or a deluxe re-issue to remember that sound, and people at Sub Pop probably never thought there would be any reason to mark Bleach‘s anniversary, but everybody is twenty years older now. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Bleach comes out November 3, 2009 on Sub Pop and is available as CD or double-LP. To stay true to the original, the first run of the double-LP will be on 180-gram white vinyl.


    Bleach: Deluxe Edition


    2. Floyd the Barber

    3. About a Girl

    4. School

    5. Love Buzz

    6. Paper Cuts

    7. Negative Creep

    8. Scoff

    9. Swap Meet

    10. Mr. Moustache

    11. Sifting

    12. Big Cheese

    13. Downer


    Live at Pine Street Theatre

    1. Intro

    2. School

    3. Floyd the Barber

    4. Dive

    5. Love Buzz

    6. Spank Thru

    7. Molly’s Lips

    8. Sappy

    9. Scoff

    10. About a Girl

    11. Been a Son

    12. Blew