Of all the things included in the new 20th anniversary box set for Nirvana’s In Utero (which Tom wrote extensively about earlier this month) this might be the most fascinating. Included in the box is a reprinting of In Utero producer Steve Albini’s four-page letter. This is the same letter that was alluded to in the recent NPR interview with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl where Albini wrote them:

“I think the very best thing you could do at this point is exactly what you’re talking about doing: bang a record out in a couple of days with high quality but minimal production, no interference from the front-office bulletheads. If that is indeed what you want to do, I would love to be involved.”

Now you can read the entire four-page letter below which concludes with the quintessentially Steve Albini line: “If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody’s fucking up,” along with a pleasant pic of Steve with his shoes on fire. Read it below.

[via Vanyaland]

Comments (13)
  1. So badass.

  2. Quite possibly the raddest thing I have ever read.

  3. Well, that was awesome.

  4. Sweet piece of history. God bless his aesthetic. Even as a young kid, In Utero totally stood out for me as a better-sounding record than anything contemporary that I’d heard.

  5. Albini is so down for the music. really glad I came across this today :)

  6. Funny, there’s a Nirvana interview on Youtube wherein Kurt claims that they paid Steve “2 million dollars.” Maybe he was exaggerating?

  7. I’m not a huge Albini fan, but that was amazing.

  8. have the editors at Stereogum never heard of OCR software, or are they just too lazy?

  9. The Jerky Boys reference brought me back.

  10. Such an awesome guy. Everything he touches (that I heard, anyway) is gold. His own music included.

  11. Did he spell ‘existence’ wrong?

  12. wonder if this is similar to what Timberland pitched Timberlake

  13. That’s awesome. I found this hilarious and awkward interview of Steve Albini. Check it out here:

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