When Nevermind took off unexpectedly, the executives at Nirvana’s record company realized that they needed to backfill the band’s history. Sure, there was the Bleach album from 1989, but there were also all these odds’n’ends releases: singles, radio tracks, material from an EP called Hormoaning and so on. Could they be brought together into an album that could buy the band time to record a proper followup? This is how the Incesticide album came to be.
Released on December 14, 1992, it was a nice present for the tens of millions who had discovered Nevermind over the previous fourteen months. While a lot of this material had been circulating as bootlegs–even some early Internet adopters knew were to get it–Incesticide offered much better sound. It also offered a chance for fans to compare the band’s sound through four different drummers: Chad Channing, Dan Peters, Dale Crover and Dave Grohl.
Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of Incesticide, so naturally there will be a special reissue. Yes, there was one for Record Store Day in 2012 (the 20th anniversary) and this one will be pretty much exactly the same. Prices for the 2012 reissue have gone through the roof because of high demand and an acute shortage, so a reissue of the reissue should solve that. The release is set for January 13.
More details here.