Article in Esquire

Esquire allowed me to write an article about how Billy Corgan ruined the new In Utero reissue by Nirvana.

Nirvana’s In Utero is getting the royal treatment as a 20th-anniversary triple disc/one DVD expanded reissue, out September 24. The blowout collection promises demos, alternate mixes, unreleased tracks, and some irresistible liner notes, which, according to Rolling Stoneinclude “Cobain’s handwritten lyrics, a four-page letter [Steve] Albini wrote the band prior to recording detailing his plans for In Utero, plus liner notes written by comedian and occasional In Utero tour opening act Bobcat Goldthwait.”

This all sounds like a Marshall stack of goodness to the unwashed Gen-Xer inside us all. But there is a problem. This well-intentioned box set is coming out too late. The expanded reissue album is dead.

For that, we can all thank Billy Corgan.

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