With the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album In Utero well on its way, nostalgia for the iconic grunge rock band has been at an all-time high.
To satisfy that craving, a special director’s cut of the music video for “Heart Shaped Box” was released to YouTube yesterday (August 21) to the delight of fans, and now, the band’s former label has posted a copy of the document that would eventually help launch Nirvana into superstardom.
The Sup Pop Records Tumblr page has the band’s original contract on display, which provided Kurt Cobain, Chris [Krist] Novoselic, Chad Channing and Jason Everman with a $600 advance for their first term with the Seattle label in 1989, and the promise of $12,000 and $24,000 for the following two option years.
At the time, the contract, of which Dave Grohl is notably absent as he wasn’t yet a part of the band, also locked in Nirvana for three complete album-length master tapes, one of which was fulfilled – 1989’s Bleach.
Later, Nirvana made the switch to DGC Records to release their ground-breaking 1991 album, Nevermind, and later, 1993’s In Utero.
However, as Sub Pop notes on Tumblr, the money the label paid for Nirvana’s debut album was “Six hundred bucks well spent,” also noting, “…not that we had it at the time.”
The 20th anniversary In Utero release is due out on September 24, with pre-orders available now on the Nirvana official website.
To check out Nirvana’s first contract with Sub Pop, click here, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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