Ongoing History Daily: The rarest Nirvana record EVER

Hardcore Nirvana fans already know that the rarest record in their catalogue is their very first single.  It’s a 7-inch called “Love Buzz,” which was also the first release from their label, Sub Pop in something called the Sub Pop Singles Club.  It came out in 1988 and is actually a cover of a 1969 song by a Dutch band called Shocking Blue.  (I should mention that this is a slightly different version than what we hear on the Bleach album.) 

There were only 1,000 copies of “Love Buzz” released and all were numbered, which makes them all that more interesting.  So how much is a mint copy of one of these 1,000 singles?  Recent auctions have seen copies go for up to $7,000.  Not bad for a record that was mailed out FREE to members of the Singles Club. 

I wonder how many of those original 7-inch singles have been accounted for?

The last post was about something called “CD rot.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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