The Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck won’t be out until May, but a rare home recording by the Nirvana guitarist that is featured in the film has already sneaked out.
The recording is of Cobain singing “And I Love Her,” the Beatles’ 1964 song from their album A Hard Day’s Night.
The track is one of countless home recordings contained on more than 100 never-before-heard cassette tapes that belonged to Cobain. Brett Morgen, director of Montage of Heck, was provided access to the tapes, along with Cobain’s journals, artwork and home movies, to create the documentary.
The recording is rough and incomplete, and Cobain sings the song in a key at the bottom of his range. Still, the choice of “And I Love Her” provides an insight into his more traditional, pop-influenced musical interests. The guitarist was widely known to be a fan of alternative bands like the Pixies and Sonic Youth as well as American hardcore acts like Black Flag and Bad Brains. Most fans are less familiar with his early interest in the Beatles, the Monkees and other pop acts he would have heard growing up in the late Sixties and Seventies.
Interestingly, “And I Love Her” is a Paul McCartney song. I would have thought Kurt a Lennon man all the way.