The Secret History of Rock

Published on October 27th, 2011 | by Alan Cross



If you’re into Nirvana, you may have heard of a release called Hormoaning and wondered what that was all about.  Yes, it does exist.  

This was a six-track EP released in Australia and Japan in February 1992 to coincide with a tour through that part of the world.  

Four songs are covers from bands like Devo and more obscure groups like the Vaselines.  The other two are Nirvana originals which ended up as B-sides for various songs released from Nevermind.  Some of the songs ended up on a later compilation entitled Incesticide in late 1992, but hardcore purists really want those first copies.  

Just 15,000 copies of the vinyl were pressed up, making an original pressing quite rare, especially the Australian versions on burgundy-coloured vinyl.

There were only 4,000 of those.  Things became a little easier in April 2011 when another 4,000 unnumbered copies were released for the annual Record Store Day.

About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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