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"Candy/Molly's Lips"
Single by The Fluid and Nirvana
Released January, 1991
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1990
Genre Grunge, pop punk
Length 1:53
Label Sub Pop Records
Nirvana singles chronology
"Sliver"
(1990)
"Candy/ Molly's Lips"
(1991)
"Here She Comes Now/Venus in Furs"
(1991)

"Candy"/"Molly's Lips" is a vinyl-only split-single from the American grunge bands The Fluid and Nirvana. It was released in January 1991 on Sub Pop records and includes the live versions of "Candy" by The Fluid, and "Molly's Lips" by Nirvana.

Contents

The single

"Candy" first appeared on The Fluid's 1990 EP, Glue. The EP was re-released on CD in 1993 along with their 1989 album, Roadmouth.

"Molly's Lips" was recorded live on February 9, 1990, at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. It was written by the Scottish band the Vaselines about Molly Weir, according to band member Eugene Kelly, presumably because her Rentaghost television character Hazel McWitch typically appeared in whiteface with emphatic red lips. According to Michael Azerrad's 1993 Nirvana biography Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, the band's singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain was opposed to the release of the track, feeling that this version was not strong. However, the single constituted part of the band's buyout deal from their former record label, Sub Pop Records. "Candy/Molly's Lips" was Nirvana's final release on Sub Pop Records. The word "Later" is etched into the single's run-out groove. [1]

Live versions of Molly's Lips

Apart from the limited edition single released in 1990 Nirvana performed "Molly's Lips" several other times in concert from 1989 to 1993. On August 23, 1991, it was performed live with its author, the Vaselines' Eugene Kelly, at the 1991 Reading Festival in Reading, Berkshire. It was again performed live with Kelly on December 5, 1991 in London, England. On both occasions, Kelly and Cobain shared vocal duties.

Studio version of Molly's Lips

Nirvana recorded a studio version on BBC Radio 1 for John Peel in October 1990 which appeared on the 1992 tour EP Hormoaning, and was also included on the b-sides compilation Incesticide. This version was released as a 12" vinyl promotional single in Brazil, to promote Incesticide. [2]

Track Listing

  • 1. Candy (Live) by The Fluid
  • 2. Molly's Lips (Live) by Nirvana

Legacy

The single was a limited edition single of 7500. First 4000 copies pressed on green swirled vinyl, the next 3500 pressed on black vinyl. Therefore, this single is very highly sought after among collectors. The live version of 'Molly's Lips' is exclusive to this single only, and therefore extremely hard to find, although an MP3 version of it can be found on the Internet as a direct vinyl rip. The single is also notorious for being The Fluid's most famous release, as the fact that it was a split single with Nirvana exposed them to a wider audience. This version of Candy is arguably their most famous song.

References

  • Nirvana Live Guide
  • Azerrad, Michael. Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, Doubleday, New York: 1993, ISBN 0-86369-746-1
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