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"Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip"
song by Nirvana
from the album In Utero
Released August 30, 1993
Format Cassette, 12"
Recorded January 1993
Genre Grunge
Length 7:28
Label DGC
Songwriter(s) Kurt Cobain
Krist Novoselic
Dave Grohl
Producer Steve Albini
Singles chronology
Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip
(August 30, 1993)

"Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, written by vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic, and drummer Dave Grohl.

It is the 13th and final song on European and Mexican versions of their third and final album, In Utero, released in September 1993, starting approximately 20 minutes after the end of "All Apologies", and occupying the same track. The song was also released as a promo cassette in the Netherlands, and as a b-side on the 12" US promo single for the In Utero song, "Heart-Shaped Box".

Origin and recording

The song was originally titled "I'll Take You Down to the Pavement", a reference to an argument between Cobain and Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

"Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" was recorded by Craig Montgomery at BMG Ariola Ltda in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during a three-day demo session for what became In Utero in January 1993. "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" was the only song from the Rio de Janeiro session to be released on In Utero; the rest of which was recorded in February 1993 by Steve Albini at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.

"Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" was never performed in concert, but was played during the soundcheck of the band's appearance at the Hollywood Rock festival at the Praça da Apoteose in Rio de Janeiro on January 23, 1993.

In September 1993, it was released as a bonus track on the European and Mexican versions of In Utero. Copies of the album with the song feature a sticker on the cover reading "Exclusive International Bonus Track", while the song is referred to as a "Devalued American Dollar Purchase Incentive Track" in the booklet. As Novoselic explained, the band's record company "didn't want the United States version of the record competing with the European version. So the European version needed added value on it.

"Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" was re-released on the Nirvana rarities box set, With the Lights Out, in November 2004, along with several other recordings from the January 1993 session.

Recording and release history

Studio version

Date recorded

  • January 19–21, 1993


  • Ariola Ltda BMG, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


  • Craig Montgomery


  • In Utero (1993)
  • With the Lights Out (2004)
  • In Utero (deluxe) (2013)


  • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
  • Krist Novoselic (bass guitar)
  • Dave Grohl (drums)