Sub Pop Reveals Nirvana’s Original Contract From 1989

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(Courtesy of Sub Pop)

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album, In Utero, Sub Pop has been having fun revealing little tidbits about the band. The latest being the original contract Kurt Cobain and the guys signed back in 1989.

Sub Pop posted the document on their Tumblr with the message, “Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time.”

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Yes, the contract reveals that at the time, the young Seattle label signed the band for a mere $600. It also states that Nirvana was signed for one year, with the option to re-up the contract for two more years, with the band agreeing to provide three albums for the label. Of note: that $600 would eventually net Dave Grohl about $225 million or so. 

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Last week the label released the director’s cut of the band’s video for “Heart-Shaped Box,” which will be available on the album’s 20th anniversary reissue due out on September 24. Watch the Anton Corbijn-directed video below.


Along with the director’s cut of “Heart-Shape Box,” this new edition of In Utero includes other rare goodies including live cuts, unreleased demos, B-sides, and the newly discovered instrumental track “Forgotten Tune.”

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