See Nirvana’s Original Sub Pop Contract
The biggest-selling album in Sub Pop history, and probably the main reason why Sub Pop is still a label today, is Bleach, the 1989 debut album from Nirvana, which ended up going platinum after the band found generation-defining major-label success a couple of years later. The label just posted its original 1989 contract with the band, which lists four members (Jason Everman included!) and names the grand total of the band’s advance: $600. Quoth Sub Pop: “Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time.” Check out Anton Corbijn’s new-to-the-Internet director’s cut of the “Heart-Shaped Box” video below.