The box set for Nirvana’s 20th Anniversary In Utero reissue includes a letter written from Steve Albini to the band regarding his at the time potential participation in the recording process. Albini’s opinions towards the album can be found below as well as pictures of the letter.
“If, instead, you might find yourselves in the position of being temporarily indulged by the record company, only to have them yank the chain at some point (hassling you to rework songs/sequences/production, calling-in hired guns to “sweeten” your record, turning the whole thing over to some remix jockey, whatever…) then you’re in for a bummer and I want no part of it.”
“I would like to be paid like a plumber: I do the job and you pay me what it’s worth. The record company will expect me to ask for a point or a point and a half. If we assume three million sales, that works out to 400,000 dollars or so. There’s no fucking way I would ever take that much money. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.”
“If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody’s fucking up.”