Sure, most of us first heard the song “Sliver” when it was released on Incesticide in 1992, but it was actually quite a successful single in its own right in 1990. (It even has its own Wikipedia page! And a video! Not bad for a song recorded in one hour while another band was taking a break from the studio.) Hey, that was 20 years ago now... now that Bleach has gotten the 20th anniversary reissue treatment, will we be seeing a 20th anniversary “Sliver” 7″ reissue this year? Get on it, Sub Pop!
And now, confession time: I’m going to be quite honest here and admit that, as much as I know and love this song (and have for 17 or so years), I had no idea -- or at least had forgotten -- it was called ‘Sliver.” (I guess I figured it was called “Gramma Take Me Home” or something?) If I had been cool and gotten the 7″ in 1990, I probably would have been on top of that information, but I’m just not very good at remembering song titles. So sue me.
“Finally! Something new from NIrvana. But it’s not Beat Happening + Vaselines covers like Sub Pop was advertising for a while. but that doesn’t matter because ‘Sliver’ + ‘Dive’ both rock quite nicely. ‘Sliver’ is more catchy + poppy than ‘Dive,’ which has a more grungy feel to it. There is even a wake up call courtesy of Jonathan Poneman on the end of ‘Sliver.’ Hopefully they will have another LP or EP out soon ‘cause they have been playing some other new songsl ive that soung great! But this is a great way to pass the time waiting.”
“Hard to imagine a song sounding better than ‘Sliver.’”
“Could ‘Sliver’ be a true childcare horror story? Check it out!”
“Sounds like some oral gratification on the phone. What would Grandpa Joe think?”