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Nirvana's In Utero Turns 20

No more guessing about what will appear on the 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's In Utero — Rolling Stone can now reveal what the mammoth, 70-song, three-disc deluxe edition of the band's final masterpiece will contain: Two versions of In Utero (the original LP remastered, plus the album newly remixed) as well as more than 40 tracks of unreleased demos, rehearsals, live performances, B-sides, and a recently unearthed, never-before-heard Nirvana instrumental. The reissue will arrive September 24th.

The first disc will feature a remastered version of the original, Steve Albini-produced In Utero, complete with the two tracks ("Heart Shaped Box," "All Apologies") that Scott Litt mixed for In Utero's final version. The oft-bootlegged abrasive Albini versions of those two songs will finally legally appear on the IU reissue, as will the IU-era B-sides and non-album tracks: "Marigold," "Moist Vagina," "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip," The Beavis and Butt-head Experience's "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" and the No Alternative hidden track "Sappy." Additionally, the stocked first disc will boast Litt's remixed single version of "Pennyroyal Tea." All the tracks were remastered at Abbey Road Studios for this release.

The second disc is where things get interesting. That CD will kick off with a new "2013 album mix" of the full album — it's unclear if this is Albini's more visceral version of In Utero or something completely different. But the real jewel on this disc is "Forgotten Tune," a recently unearthed instrumental recorded by Nirvana during an In Utero-era rehearsal. There's also "Jam," which as the title suggests was recorded during the same October 25th, 1992 jam session at Seattle's Word of Mouth Productions that resulted in embryonic versions of "Tourette's," "Pennyroyal Tea," and "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter." The Word of Mouth demos of those three tracks will also feature on the IU reissue.

In fact, eight of In Utero's 12 songs are featured in demo form on the second disc, as is Dave Grohl's 1990 recording of "Marigold," which marks his first ever solo recording. Finally, as previously reported, the In Utero reissue's third disc features a remastered recording of Nirvana's December 13th, 1993 concert at Seattle's Pier 48, which was broadcast on MTV as Live & Loud. The DVD of the performance, sold both as part of the deluxe reissue and a standalone disc, features the entire concert, plus a dozen more performances culled from the Live & Loud rehearsals, the band's In Utero European tour (including a loose cover of the Cars' "My Best Friend's Girl" from Munich), and a director's cut of the "Heart-Shaped Box" music video. See the full track list here. (courtesy

Nirvana 93/94: Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Kurt Cobain, Pat Smear. Courtesy
Interview with Pat Smear
By Mike Diver of Clash

Some things are, clearly, just meant to be. Pat Smear was a comparative unknown in the early ‘90s, at least to grunge-loving teens tuned into the sounds emitting from the Pacific Northwest. But a phone call changed everything for the Los Angeles punk, largely off-radar since the dissolution of his first band, the Germs, in 1980.

“I won’t forget that phone call, ever,” says Smear, when Clash catches up with him over a transatlantic telephone line. “I remember it very well. It totally set my life on a different course.”

Smear wasn’t exactly inactive in the ‘90s: his second solo LP, ‘So You Fell In Love With A Musician…’, had emerged in 1992 via SST Records, the label founded by Black Flag’s Greg Ginn which served as a home for releases from Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, Meat Puppets and Soundgarden. But his profile was about to skyrocket. On the other end of the 1993 call: a certain Kurt Cobain of the platinum-selling, globally successful grunge act Nirvana.

Cobain was after a fourth band member, a second guitarist, for his band’s upcoming tour in support of their at-the-time-unreleased third studio set, ‘In Utero’ – an album which celebrates its 20th anniversary in September 2013. Smear was about to go from the shadows to the spotlight, joining bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl as a core constituent in one of the biggest bands of the time – one of the biggest bands of all time. Read more here. (courtesy

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