An original un-numbered copy given to me by Kurt in early 1989.
Kurt had originally given me two copies, but tragically, while very poor and desperate in college i sold it to a kid from california… that was in late 1993… had i known, i would not have considered selling the single. That copy was also a promo version, but it was not mint, as i played the hell out of it while waiting for bleach to be released.
An original un-numbered copy given to me by Kurt in early 1989.
I purchased it in 2012 on eBay. It’s autographed by Chad Channing on the back. I wish I had anymore info other than that.
I also have a blog of other Nirvana items, rare and common.
previously owned by rob daily (usa).
I bought it off of eBay in September 2003, the price was $910.
sold on ebay in march 2005 for 1405 us$.
from the auction form:
It is without a doubt a geunine copy, sent to the owner by Sub Pop. The owner was a member of the singles club.
The label and cover are in mint condition with no smudges, creases or folds. The record has been lightly played and the vinyl is mint. The b-side was never even played. The record was stored vertically in a vinyl dust cover. There are no imprints on the cover from the label or other blemishes.
It’s the fruit of a trade that I made in february 2009 with Sebastiaan, a deal that left both of us VERY satisfied. Record and sleeve are in excellent conditions, and after so many years I can finally remove it from my “most wanted” list.
from the previous owner, sebastiaan d’hertoge (belgium): After i bought the sub pop singles club set earlier this year (2008), i knew i wanted to get a promo someday, after seeing this copy for sale on ebay a few times without a buyer, i made an offer and the seller accepted. Record and sleeve or in exellent shape!
previously sold on ebay in july 2006 (uk seller) for 630 uk£ (1102 us$)
from the auction form: I am the second owner, I bought it about 6 years ago from a woman in San Francisco, the record has never been played – I haven’t played it and I was assured that it had never been played by the previous owner. It is in absolutely superb condition, grading is EX+ as outlined here. It’s still in its original plastic cover, the record and sleeve are virtually perfect – no wear on the edges, no folded corners etc.
sold on ebay in november 2005 for 1330 us$.
from the auction form:
The vinyl is in near mint condition and the sleeve is in excellent condition with very slight ring wear at part of the top front right and a slight bend at the top left.
It was received as a promo when it was first released. One owner.
purchased by october 3, 2012 for $2***. record and sleeve are in excellent condition. looks like this is first promo copy in Russia.
p.s.: I owned # 234, but sold it in August 2012.
the seller was from indiana (usa). from the auction form: This one has never been played. Never had a needle touch it’s surface. Both vinyl & sleeve are perfect.
previously sold on ebay in october 2004 for 909 us$. the seller was from new zealand, the buyer from australia. from the auction form: The cover has slight creasing in the shape of the record which is visible front and back when held at certain angles against the light. Very slight corner wear and one very slight indentation on right side. Vinyl has been played a few times and handled so has some hairline scratches and slight scuffs – longer and slightly deeper hairlines at the very start of A-side (in the run-in groove) and the end of the B-side. (Listed on behalf of a friend who got the record via Rebellious Jukebox Records, Seattle in about 1990).
it was later bought by an american collector, and resold on ebay in february 2005 with a complete set of the sub pop singles club 7″s.
from the buyer, bob schmidth (usa), jan 2006: I own this copy.
from the current owner:I am located in the United Kingdom in a small city in the north of England called Carlisle. I purchased my Lovebuzz single on discogs in 2017 my friend
Bougth on ebay from a guy whose mother worked in a restaurant where Chad Channing used to go. Chad himself gave this copy to her and signed it (in the front cover on the right upper corner of the sleeve).
The record is in pristine condition. The sleeve as some bending marks but no cracks or rips. I also own copy 957.
sold on ebay in february 2005 for 1875 us$
from the auction form: This particular record was a gift from Chad Channing to the owner of the restaurant in which he washed dishes. A goodbye if you will once they had made it. The record jacket is signed by Chad. It has been in my hands for all these years, I am the son of one of the ex-co owners of the restaurant. This record has never been played, is in mint condition, and is in its original sleeve and jacket. The jacket shows a little wear.
I bought this in the spring of 1989 at Pier Platters in Hoboken, N.J. I payed $8.00 and remember thinking, ” that’s a lot for a record that sucks…”.
Of all the early sub-pop 45’s, this is in the bottom tier. At least Das Damen covered a great band and a cool song.
Hearing this and anticipating In Utero or Unplugged is like hearing the Beatles at the Star Club and anticipating Rubber Soul or Revolver.
bought on ebay in december 2006 for 1219 Euro (1611 us$)
from the previous owner, marc gauci (france): Actually i was mostly a Mudhoney fan and when i ordered some records to Subpop in 1988 i added that Nirvana single just because i loved to discover that new Seattle scene. It was a shock!!
I must say i’m very grateful to Nirvana because it’s a little because of them (and the whole Seattle/grunge thing) that i decided to start my own records store here in Albi in 1989, and my records store started making modest profit in 1991 when Nevermind came out; i was the only record dealer to sell that record around during several months.
I bought all of my copies from ebay. I was just spending my whole paycheck each time a love buzz came up. I was wanting to get one from every set of 100, but then the money ran out and I had 5 original copies and about 4 of each of the different fakes. I bought #416 on ebay at around the same time someone emailed me and offered #713 and I bought it for around the same price as #416. A year or so later I bought #170 and #160 then sold them, first #170 ( I offered either one) and later #160. The unnumbered one I bought after I sold #170. It was sold by a record store from Australia on ebay and some how I won it for a little over $500 (at the time my #170 sold for $850).
If I remember correct, I got this copy as a member of the SubPop singles club. They must have messed up & let some of these slashed copies slip out the door. I’ve held onto it since & kept it in perfect condition, along with all my others, since even then, I was a ‘Pretentious Asshole’ when it came to vinyl. Other collector will have to pry it from my cold, dead hands……..
well, I may sell it when I retire, so just hold on another 20 years.
I bought this off eBay in April 2008 for 2850us$. Record and sleeve are in mint condition. No ring mark on sleeve, edges like a razor.
Bought off a Love Buzz collector from N.J. who paid 1400us$ on eBay in 2005. He had bought it from a record dealer in Montreal in 2005. Montreal was the 2nd owner, I am the 4th.
I bought it the 11th november 2003 on ebay for $975 (which was a REALLY good price at the time !) from the ebay member Docktor Rokk.
very nice, like new copy.
from the seller: “The owner of the record store I used to work at when I lived in Arizona used to hang out with Kurt and Courtney. He had lots of autographs, I think. Unfortunately he died from a rare disease and I guess his family got his record collection!”
I have been a frequent visitor to record fayres for many years, I always keep an eye out for rarities especially if they’re to do with my favourite band, Nirvana. In my town of Exeter we have a fayre every month in the market which i usually go to. One month (it was in 2000) i turned up early as per usual (all the best stuff goes very fast). The first stall caught my eye as there was a Nirvana record prominently displayed, I must have looked retarded as i was staring, open mouthed at the ultra rare love buzz single. I have dreamed of owning this record since I learned of it’s existence. “I would be one of only a thousand people to own a piece of Nirvana history” I told myself. When i regained the power of speech I asked the dealer how much he wanted for the record (trying not to look desperate) He said £300, I almost cried. After desperately ringing my friends and family I came to the heartbreaking conclusion that as a student, there was no way I could get that kind of money in one day. Luckily for me, I had previously bought items from the dealer so we had built up a rapport over the months. When I suggested that he hold on to it for me until the next fayre a month later I didn’t think there would be a chance in hell he would, to my amazement he agreed.
sold on ebay in july 2010 for 1551 us$.
from the previous owner, sean kelly (usa): I used to work at a music store as Head Manager/Buyer at Uncle Sam’s Music in Miami Beach, that bought and sold vinyl. A girl came in and wanted to sell a box of 7’s. At the time the store was over budget for buying so she told me that she’ll sell the box to me personally if i wanted. At first I wasn’t going to because I had skimmed through it quickly and it was filled with a lot of really obscure bands I had never heard of and I’d have to take the time to listen to them and see if there were any I liked. She then told me that she was moving and she’d sell it to me for any donation. I figured that there might be something I’d like so what the hell. I took the box of 80+ 7in’s home and started to go through them one by one… lo and behold! I couldn’t believe it! I was pinching myself for days. I have owned this for the past three years and in those years I did my research…. It is the real deal
bought on ebay in january 2010 for 2225 us$
from the auction form: Vinyl: VG++, shiny with one surface mark on Side A and two smaller surface marks on Side B, none of which affect play.
Sleeve: VG++ with one small crease above the “B” in the upper right corner, otherwise very nice as it’s been in a clear sleeve since its release.
from the previous owner, tvg (usa): The story is short and sweet — my friend ran a small label in Seattle that put him in the same circles as the Sub Pop crew, so he was able to get me a promo cop
This copy of a red slash Love Buzz was obtained directly from Alice Wheeler in April of 2010. She has maintained possession of this record since it was given to her by Bruce and Jonathan of Sub Pop in the fall of 1988, on the day the Love Buzz singles arrived at the Sub Pop offices. Included with the single is an 8×10 photograph of the front cover signed by Alice, and printed prior to Kurt’s passing. The single also contains a small signature by Alice on the back inner sleeve of the record, reading simply “Alice Wheeler 1988”.
from the owner of #739: in march of 2013, i purchased the alice wheeler signed 8”x10” love buzz photo from the owner( who tried selling “red slash #26” along with a note from alice and the signed 8”x10” love buzz photo on ebay ).
from the auction form: This copy belongs to my brother Bill and here’s how he got it. He was a drummer in several bands here in Seattle back in the 80’s. He played around town and went to several early Nirvana gigs before Dave Grohl came aboard. He said he saw them when there was 5 band members. He didn’t really care for the early incarnation of Nirvana but one night he heard Love Buzz and asked someone in the band if they had recorded it. He was told they had just released Love Buzz on a 7″ and to keep an eye out for it. My brother knew the owner of a local record store and called him up asking about the 7″. The owner told him he was getting some of the 7″ but he had already had them all sold even before the 7″ was released. He told him he’d give him a call if he got any extra copies. A short time later the guy called Bill and told him that the Sub Pop guys, who he knew, had dropped off the 45s and given him a couple extras but unfortunately they weren’t numbered. Bill was bummed because he wanted one of the “limited edition” numbered copies. Well, he had the guy set it aside for him and picked it up a few days later. The outer plastic protective sleeve still has the sticker with his name on it “Billy W.” He played it a few times put it in the plastic sleeve, put it away, and there it sat for over 20 years until today when he gave it to me to sell.
Fredrik bought it on ebay in august 2010 for 1800 us$.
This un-numbered copy was originally sold at my store (Atomic Records, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) for $3.95. We ordered direct from Sub-Pop and could purchase excess copies of their Singles Club releases. When Nirvana broke big I realized I never saved a copy for myself so I bought it back from a customer for $100.
Steve purchased it on ebay in approx October 2013 from Nick (Atomic Records)
scott is the owner of copy #5, please check that entry for the full story.
I have an extra back sleeve (cut in the top left corner unfortunately) with a red line in place of the number. Sub Pop used to give us (the Cellophane Square record shop in Seattle) extra sleeves to hang up and promote their stuff. I had a bunch of extra sleeves from various bands (Mudhoney, Les Thugs etc).
This copy was on sale on ebay with a reserve price of $ 3000 us, I put a bid too low, the seller gave the vinyl for sale I made him an offer to $ 2500 us and he accepted. Bought privately in july 2012.
this copy had been previously auctioned on ebay in march 2012 but the reserve price wasn’t met. the owner was from philadelphia (usa).
from the auction form: Here’s the story of the record:
I got this from a guy I used to know named Bill Tormas that used to own a record store called “Web Of Sound” in Lancaster, PA. I believe I bought it around 1994 or 1995 from him. He had his store from 1985 to 1995. He used to order regularly directly from Sub Pop pretty much from the beginning so they’d throw in some free records with his orders and this copy of Love Buzz was one of the freebies he got. It’s the promo with the red slash on the back where the number would be.
Here’s the story of the signatures:
Bill took this record and also a black and white 8″ x 10″ promo photo with him when he went to see them at a club here in Philly called J.C. Dobbs. The club is only a block and a half from my record store. I believe Nirvana played there three times-1989, 1990(I have the poster from this show)and 1991. I’m not sure which show this was signed at-the 1990 gig or the 1991 gig. Anyways, Bill told me he was in the upstairs dressing room(it’s a really small club) and was hanging out with them and asked Kurdt to sign the record and the 8″ x 10″ photo so Kurdt just wrote the word “autograph” on both of them and handed them back to Bill. I know the guy he sold the 8″ x 10″ to as well and I’ve actually seen the photo in person. As you can see, Chris actually wrote his name when he signed it. I know it sounds crazy but that’s exactly what happened. I guess when Bill was closing his store he was selling off all his records including his personal stash. I bought this off of him at a monthly record show in Blue Ball, PA in 1994 or 1995.
Record and sleeve are in excellent NM/MINT condition. I think I played it once or twice just to say that I did!
The signatures are in black magic marker and have very faint yellowing around them that you can see in person but you can’t really see in the pictures.
Dave Grohl knew he was going to see me in Vancouver as the band I was working for was on the same show as Nirvana. He gave me this copy of the Sub Pop single that all the band members got. As far as I know he does not own a copy himself as he gave his to me.
I worked for Scream when Dave was in the band. I was on the tour when Buzz introduced us to Kurt and Krist. They came to two shows in San Francisco. Not long after our tour ended in
listed on ebay in april 2014. from the auction form: purchased from a former buyer at the now-defunct Cellophane Square record store in Seattle. She purchased this copy in 1994 from Dylan Carlson. The record has one noticeable scratch on the a-side. There is a pop evident for the first 10 seconds of the track.
previously listed on ebay in december 2013. from the auction list: Sleeve is M+++ / Vinyl is NM with a tiny scuff on side A. I acquired it when I worked in a Seattle Record Store in 1992. It was brought in by Dylan Carlson whom was one of Kurt Cobain’s best friends.
Sold on ebay on Nov.2019 for 1807€
Sold on ebay in 2018.
From previous owner George Berz: My old band, Gobblehoof, was opening for them at Hampshire College. Nirvana had smashed their gear the previous night, at the Pyramid, in New York City, citing Iggy Pop's presence in the crowd is their motivation. Fair enough.The record and jacket are both in near mint condition. They are also not cheap. All serious, relevant questions will be answered.
from the current owner: I bought this on ebay from a guy in America who got it from a friend of his who was good friends with Chris and Shelly back then. When singles got printed there were 200 for promo use and for the band itself. This was one Chris got before it was marked or numbered and gave to his friend. His friend passed it on to Bobby (I think his name is) who kept it up safe till February this year when he sold it to me on ebay for $1800. The record and sleeve are perfect like they were just printed, he minded it like a baby!!
from the ebay auction form: this was given to one of my former employees by Krist Novoselic who was a friend of hers at the time. On the back of this record, it has a space for the # out of 1000. The # space is blank. I can only guess that this is because it came from a band member before all of the numbers were added. I realize that there are a lot of bootlegs of this record, but I know the history of this record and know that it is authentic. I met Krist and his wife, Shelly, through the former employee and I know that they were close friends in the early 90’s.
I live in Seattle now but used to be a station manager of college radio WCHC at Holy Cross in Worcester, Ma and founded CheckPoint Magazine which was an indie rock fanzine. I used to book shows in the Massachusetts area in conjunction with Checkpoint/WCHC from 1989-1991…Fugazi, Dinosaur, Jr., Soul Asylum. I am a New Yorker however and scored the Nirvana record at a Fluid, Mudhoney gig in Maxwells in Hoboken NJ when I was back visiting parents in NY.
A story from moons ago… When I was a young hipster, I worked in a record store which is one of the coolest jobs that a hipster can have because you have access to so much “coolness”. Around 1989, I got hip to a band named Mudhoney, who were on a new indie label called Sub Pop. From there I discovered a band on the same label called Nirvana which, to that point had only released the 7” single that you see pictured through the infamous “Sub Pop Singles Club”. Only 1,000 copies exist and I missed out. Their debut album “Bleach” was released and I connected with it’s hard and melodic edges. It soon became a favorite. As their buzz & acclaim began to build, I became more of a fan, travelling miles with friends to see them play live in small clubs around Southern California as well as Tijuana, Mexico. And for those that never got to see them live, they were “all that”. But I digress. Back at the record store, one of my coworkers had this exact single and he was willing to part with it for the right offer. Being a vinyl collector nerd and fan of Nirvana, I let him scan my collection and pick titles that he was interested in. After some haggling, it came down to this. Trade of Christian Death “Ashes” double 12” import for Nirvana “Love Buzz” 7”. A few years go by and the Nirvana popularity rocket is firing like crazy. Their new album “Nevermind” has been released with universal acclaim. They make an appearance at the store (Off the Records in San Diego) that I worked at as a promotional stop and this is where I had the single signed by both Kurt Cobain & Krist Novoselic. Both really nice guys.
Nirvana, Love Buzz, Red Slash Promo, Sub Pop Records, Original First Pressing, Extremely Limited. The item “Nirvana, Love Buzz, Red Slash Promo, Sub Pop Records, Original First Pressing” is in sale since Monday, May 29, 2017. This item is in the category “Music\Records”. The seller was “619andyp” and is located in San Diego, California.