The song was released as a non-album single by the band's then record label, Sub Pop, in September 1990. The same recording was re-released on the compilation album Incesticide by DGC in December 1992, and a new music video directed by Kevin Kerslake was released to promote the album.
The same month, the studio version of "Sliver" appeared on Incesticide, a rarities compilation released in the wake of the surprising success of the band's major label debut, Nevermind. A music video was filmed for the song in March 1993 and first aired in May 1993. It was the only music video released from the album.
In 2022, Paris Jackson paid homage to the music video for "Sliver" with the music video for her song "Lighthouse" which was filmed in a similar setting and also included a picture of Kurt Cobain.
The music video for "Sliver" was not filmed until March 1993. This meant that when the song featured on ITV's The Chart Show indie chart in February 1991 in the UK that only the single's cover art was shown with the audio of the song playing over it.
The song's music video was directed by Kevin Kerslake, who had also directed the videos for the band's three previous singles, "Come As You Are," "Lithium" and "In Bloom." The video starts with Cobain's infant daughter Frances Bean Cobain dancing to the song's bassline, held by Kurt from behind while his arms were sticking out of two holes he cut through a piece of cardboard, then switches to the band performing the song in Cobain's garage. The video shows Dave Grohl on drums, although he does not appear on the track. Cobain does not play the guitar in the video, only singing into a microphone while wearing a red and black striped mohair sweater his wife, Courtney Love, had bought for him from a fan after a Nirvana show in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Cobain's garage itself had been decorated with toys, posters and artifacts he had collected over several years, and kept in storage since before Nevermind was recorded in May 1991. Among the items featured in the video is a Chim-Chim toy which had been given to Cobain by the Japanese rock band Shonen Knife as a present.
A music video was made for "Sliver" as a promotion for Incesticide in March 1993. Directed by Kevin Kerslake, the video starts with Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain (who was an infant at the time) dancing to the opening bassline and the band in a small, cramped, junk room playing their instruments. Kurt sings to the camera and his movements change with the music, with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (though not having played drums during the recording session) in the background of the room. In between shots, there are scenes of the baby and a Chim-Chim toy that had been given to Kurt by Shonen Knife as a present. 781b155fdc