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Incesticide is a compilation album by Nirvana, released in 1992. It was released after the unexpected over-nite sensation monster success of Nevermind from 1991. To fans who discovered the group through that album the songs on Incesticide were perceived as new, but in reality a majority of them were from EP's and B Sides from singles released between 1989 and 1992. The record is not as famous as Nirvana's actual studio albums, but does contain the fan favourites "Sliver" and "Aneurysm."


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Tracklist:

  1. "Dive" (3:55)
  2. "Sliver" (2:16)
  3. "Stain" (2:41)
  4. "Been a Son" (1:56)
  5. "Turnaround" (2:19)
  6. "Molly's Lips" (1:54)
  7. "Son of a Gun" (2:48)
  8. "(New Wave) Polly" (1:48)
  9. "Beeswax" (2:50)
  10. "Downer" (1:44)
  11. "Mexican Seafood" (1:55)
  12. "Hairspray Queen" (4:14)
  13. "Aero Zeppelin" (4:41)
  14. "Big Long Now" (5:04)
  15. "Aneurysm" (4:36)

Principal Members:

  • Chad Channing - Drums
  • Kurt Cobain - Lead vocals, guitar
  • Dale Crover - Drums
  • Dave Grohl - Drums
  • Krist Novoselic - Bass guitar
  • Dan Peters - Drums

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Hairspray Tropes:

  • Ascended Glitch: During Nevermind's "Polly" Kurt accidentally starts the "Polly says" verse too early, pauses, and then re-starts on the right spot. This became a sort of Ascended Glitch, even appearing on the faster "(New Wave) Polly" version.
  • As the Good Book Says...: "Been a Son:"
    She should've worn the crown of thorns
  • B-Side: Most tracks here are B-sides.
  • Break Up Song: "Aneurysm" was written by Cobain about his ex-girlfriend Tobi Vail, whom he wanted to get back.
    Come on over... Do the twist
    Overdo it... And have a fit
  • Broken Record:
    • "Sliver:"
    Grandma, take me home, grandma take me home, grandma take me home
    • "Aneurysm:"
    Beat me, out of me
  • The Cameo: In the music video of "Sliver," released in March 1993 Cobain's daughter Frances Bean has a cameo appearance.
  • Cover Version: "Turnaround" (Devo) and The Vaselines' songs "Molly's Lips" and "Son of a Gun."
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: Appears in the music video of "Sliver."
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The album cover art was painted and designed by Kurt Cobain himself.
  • Evil Laugh: Cobain is heard laughing at the end of "Aero Zeppelin."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Mexican Seafood," which sounds rather innocent based on the title, but has actually lyrics that are the the musical equivalent of a Gross-Out Show, featuring such delightful imagery as: "Now I vomit cum and diarrhea / On the tile floor like oatmeal pizza." Perhaps it's fortunate that the verses are nigh unintelligible even by their standards.
  • Greatest Hits Album: The album compiles several singles released by Nirvana between 1989 and 1992, but subverts this trope by the fact that none of them were real hits.
  • Homage: "Aero Zeppelin" to Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: Incesticide, though a lot of people probably misread it as "Insecticide."
  • Last Note Nightmare: Inverted with "Son of a Gun." Despite the massive screech at the beginning, it's otherwise a straightforward cover of one of the popiest songs the band ever did.
  • Locked in the Dungeon: "Big Long Now:"
    Endless climb
    I am blind
    Why can't I leave?
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Sliver" is a heavy song with pretty innocent lyrics about a child nagging to go back home and waking up after a falling asleep on the trip home.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Been a Son," which is under two minutes long.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "Sliver," about a little boy being picked up by his parents and waking up later from falling asleep during the trip.
  • Non-Appearing Title: The album title doesn't appear in any of the lyrics.
    • Many songs' titles as well, including "Sliver," "Aneurysm," "Aero Zeppelin," "Mexican Seafood," "Hairspray Queen," "Big Long Now," and "Downer."
  • Obsession Song:
    • "Dive:"
    Pick me, pick me
    Everyone is waiting
    • "Aneurysm:"
    Come on over... Do the twist
    Overdo it... And have a fit
    (...) Love you so much it makes me sick
  • One-Woman Song: "Polly" and "Hairspray Queen."
  • One-Word Title: "Dive," "Sliver," "Stain," "Turnaround," "Beeswax," "Downer," and "Aneurysm."
  • Pun-Based Title: Incesticide is a pun on "incest" and "insecticide."
  • Rape as Drama: "Polly," based on a real-life serial killer who held a woman captive.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "Polly," unfortunately based on a real life serial killer and kidnapper. "Aneurysm" was written by Kurt Cobain about his ex-girlfriend Tobi Vail, in whose presence he once did get so nervous that he threw up, as the song alludes to.
  • Record Producer: Several songs were produced by different people: Jack Endino, Steve Fisk, Dale Griffin, Miti Adhikari, and Butch Vig.
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Polly," played here in a New Wave version, appeared earlier on Nevermind (1991).
  • Song Style Shift: "Aneurysm" goes from up-tempo to a different slower groove, all before the first verse is even sung.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Kurt spells his name as "Kurdt" in the liner notes.
  • Stress Vomit: "Aneurysm:"
    Love you so much, it makes me sick!
  • Take That, Audience!: The liner notes make it clear in no uncertain terms that Kurt doesn't want bigots (and, horrifyingly, worse) in his audience:
    At this point I have a request for our fans. If any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different color, or women, please do this one favor for us – leave us the fuck alone! Don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.

    Last year, a girl was raped by two wastes of sperm and eggs while they sang the lyrics to our song “Polly.” I have a hard time carrying on knowing there are plankton like that in our audience. Sorry to be so anally P.C. but that’s the way I feel.

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