Nirvana – Sliver (1990)

Nirvana released the non-album single Sliver in September 1990 through Sub Pop Records. It was originally released as a non-album single, but the song was later released on the rarities compilation album Incesticide in 1992.

The single includes the B-sides Dive, as well as live versions to About a Girl and Spank Through, both recorded on February 9, 1990 at the Pine Street Theatre, Portland, OR.

Sliver is one of my favourite Nirvana song of all times. I remember it was practically impossible for us, living in a small rural Swiss town, to get the single when it came out in 1990. I had to hope for a radio station on AM radio or MTV to be kind enough and play it during the night to actually hear the song. Yeah, good ol’ pre-Internet era. And when I finally found the single on a long journey to the big city, it was almost 1992 and Incesticide came out with Sliver on it. But it was worthwhile.

I couldn’t care less about the B-sides on the single. All I cared about was to finally be able to listen to Sliver. It was basically on all my mixtapes back then. And to this day, I’m proud to own an England-pressed Sliver CD single. “Grandma take me home…”

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer