Earlier this month, Bully delivered two excellent covers of Nirvana’s “About a Girl” and Orville Peck’s “Turn To Hate” via a sold-out 7” single and cassette, and now, both are available at all DSPs worldwide from Sub Pop.
Bully’s Alicia Bognanno offered this on the covers, “Normally during this time I’d be running around trying to promote the upcoming record and rehearsing to get ready to tour again but given the circumstances, I’m trying to work with what I can do at home alone. I picked a couple Sub Pop songs to cover to release something in the meantime. I played everything on these songs (for better or worse haha) and tracked them in my living room. Gotta do what ya gotta to spice it up sometimes.”
Of the “About a Girl” cover, Rolling Stone raved, “Hearing the Nashville band cover Nirvana is almost too obvious — but, good God, is it glorious. Their spin on 1989’s “About a Girl” strikes a perfect balance of raw and melodic, without ever sounding like the output of a cover band…Still, it’s not just a skilled copy of a classic. She mixes in some experimental guitar squeals on the instrumental and a truly trippy solo that keeps the sound from going thoroughly Nineties. Plus, Bognanno differentiates herself from your average karaoke crooner with her stellar delivery.
As for her take on “Turn To Hate,” Stereogum had this to say, “A song that sounds incredible in Bully’s rocket-fueled garage rock style.” Paste concurs, “Bully’s rendition is possibly even better than the original with its incredibly anthemic chorus.”
In conjunction with our ongoing efforts to constantly remind people that Nirvana released an excellent record before Nevermind that they called Bleach and we at Sub Pop released, we’ve brought in some classic Nirvana t-shirts to sell in our webstore, the Megamart. Please join us in celebrating nostalgia by donning one on.
That was just yesterday, so I hope you remember. Yesterday was officially the cutoff for getting two bucks off the CD/LP. But you can still get Nirvana’s debut, Bleach, on 180 gram, white-vinyl, with digital download code. Or if you prefer, compact disc (both versions come with an amazing live recording from 1990). Nothing marks the day where you were all like, “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years already”, better than a reissue. Pick yours up here.
This month marks the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s “Bleach”. I first heard this record in 1990. My friend Jeremy turned me on to it and we’d hang out as his house and play Super Mario and take acid and listen to Bleach and a lot of Lee Harvey Oswald Band and then later all the dudes would dare each other to jump off the train trestles off Memorial Drive in Houston. I had a super good time all the time, and this record was totally the soundtrack. I don’t have a ton more to say about it that you can’t find in an article somewhere/everywhere else, but I wouldn’t mind hearing about the first time you guys heard the record. Do it up in the comments section, grungers, and one lucky commenter will win a copy of Bleach Deluxe.
BLEACHWILL BE RE-ISSUED, RE-MASTEREDWITHADDEDUNRELEASEDLIVEPERFORMANCEFROM 1990
Marking the 20th Anniversary of Nirvana’s debut album, Sub Pop will re-issue the Platinum Certified Bleach on November 3, 2009. This expanded CD/double-LP will include a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl (the first run of the original LP was also on white vinyl). Both formats will be available for pre-order here at subpop.com leading up to this edition’s release.
Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989, Bleach was released in June of ’89 and remains unequivocally/unsurprisingly Sub Pop’s very favorite Nirvana full-length. The album initially sold 40,000 copies, but was brought into the international spotlight following the release and worldwide success of their 1991sophomore effort, Nevermind. Subsequently Bleach went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This 20th Anniversary Edition has been re-mastered from the original tapes at Sterling Sound in a session overseen by producer Jack Endino.
This edition will include an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The show features performances of “Love Buzz,” “About a Girl” and a cover of The Vaselines’ song “Molly’s Lips” and has been re-mixed from the original tapes by Endino (complete track listing below). A 48-page CD /16-page LP booklet which includes candid photos of the band not previously released to the public will also be included in this deluxe edition.
Bleach: Deluxe Edition
2. Floyd the Barber
3. About a Girl
5. Love Buzz
6. Paper Cuts
7. Negative Creep
9. Swap Meet
10. Mr. Moustache
12. Big Cheese
Live at Pine Street Theatre
3. Floyd the Barber
5. Love Buzz
6. Spank Thru
7. Molly’s Lips
10. About a Girl
11. Been a Son
Last night Hardly Art General Employee Nick “My Big Fat Greek” Heliotis was sitting around the fire with his mom and grandmamma watching Jeopardy!, discussing the origins of democracy and butt sex just like they always do, when Nick nearly choked on his baklava. That’s right—the $1,000 answer was this: This Seattle label, the first to release Nirvana & Soundgarden albums, turned 20 in 2008. … Crickets. NO ONE got the question! Host Mark E. Trebek was obliged to answer with, “What is Sub-uh Pop-uh Records-uh” (Finally, definitive proof that absolutely everyone likes The Fall?). COME ON, MOTHERFUCKERS! We need to get more Jeopardy fans signed up for our Twitter feed, I guess.
No one answered the Atlantic and/or Capitol ones correctly, either, so we’re not really sweatin’ it. Other labels mentioned include Apple and Motown, and as our own Andy Kotowicz says, that’s pretty good fucking company to be in.