After sharing a “Love Buzz Red” reissue of Nirvana’s Bleach, cassette purveyor Tapehead City have announced a limited edition “Blew” reprint.
The forthcoming “Blew” edition will be pressed on a cobalt blue tape in honour of the album’s opening track. The release will be limited to just 1,989 copies, which is a celebration of the year their debut album was originally released.
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Tapehead City have described the reissue as follows:
“Bleach was the debut album from Nirvana released on June 15, 1989, by Sub Pop records. ‘Blew was the first song on the album and one of the few songs Nirvana would continue to play on tour. ‘Blew’ was also the 2nd to last song Nirvana ever played at their final show March 1st 1994.
The Bleach version of ‘Blew’ was accidentally recorded one step lower than the band had intended, which contributed to what Nirvana biographer Michael Azerrad called its ‘extraordinarily heavy sound.’ Not realizing that they had already tuned to their favored Drop D tuning, the band tuned further down to Drop C on the first day of the sessions and recorded several songs in that tuning. As bassist Krist Novoselic recalled in a 2009 Seattle Times article, ‘we came back the next day and decided the idea wasn’t so hot, and we recorded over most of it with things tuned back up a little. In fact, ‘Blew,’ with that growly bass, is the only survivor of that experiment.’ Novoselic also said that ‘Blew’ was perhaps his favorite song on Bleach ‘because it has a groove, and again, it’s the sole survivor of the Doom Pop experiment.’
Kurt Cobain died 27 years ago at age 27 which means he’s been dead for as long as he’s been alive. A sad and eerie fact. In homage of Kurt, his songs and the day Nirvana played their final show we bring you the “BLEW” edition, exclusively available at Tapehead City!”
The cassette reissue is set for release on March 22nd, and you can preorder it here.