Hardcore Nirvana fans already know that the rarest record in their catalogue is their very first single. It’s a 7-inch called “Love Buzz,” which was also the first release from their label, Sub Pop in something called the Sub Pop Singles Club. It came out in 1988 and is actually a cover of a 1969 song by a Dutch band called Shocking Blue. (I should mention that this is a slightly different version than what we hear on the Bleach album.)
There were only 1,000 copies of “Love Buzz” released and all were numbered, which makes them all that more interesting. So how much is a mint copy of one of these 1,000 singles? Recent auctions have seen copies go for anywhere from $2,000 to $2,500. Not bad for a record that was mailed out FREE to members of the Singles Club. I wonder how many of those original 7-inch singles have been accounted for?