No Alternative, released in February 1993 by Arista Records, is
a nineteen-song compilation that featured two different covers; the
first, above left, has a young girl on it, and the second, above
right, has a little boy on it. The liner notes say that the bands on
the comp "have helped awaken the world to the fact that music not only
has the power to speak to a generation but for a generation." The
notes also cite the common thread that binds all of the tracks
together: "integrity." No Alternative is an AIDS awareness and
fundraising production by the Red Hot Organization. Track 19 is
Nirvana's "Verse, Chorus, Verse" -- note that it is not listed
anywhere in the liner notes, appearing as a "hidden" bonus song.
Soundgarden's "Show Me" was not a new song when it appeared on the No Alternative compilation in 1993. It was, in fact, written by Ben Shepherd and recorded in 1991 at Avast Studio in Seattle. It appeared previously as a b-side on two "Rusty Cage" singles and one "Outshined" single.