If it hadn’t been for Johnny Depp, Paul McCartney might never have won a Grammy for Best Rock Song with the surviving members of Nirvana.
That’s precisely what happened a little over a week ago at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, when the former Beatle ended up onstage with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear to accept the hardware for their collaboration, “Cut Me Some Slack.”
“I blame Johnny Depp,” McCartney explained to a group of reporters gathered at the Staples Center’s media room. “Because he’d just given me this little cigar box guitar, which I was wildly excited about, so I took it along [to the studio].”
Before recording “Cut Me Some Slack,” he’d had a few interactions with McCartney, but the Foo Fighters frontman was still a bit nervous about asking one of his musical idols to come in for a recording session. So he gently suggested that McCartney drop by to jam next time he was in Los Angeles.
McCartney agreed—and insisted on working on new material. An elated Grohl told the singer he’d have “a couple of friends coming along to the studio.” Those two pals happened to be former Nirvana bassist Novoselic and Smear, who toured with the band and went on to become part of the Foo Fighters with Grohl.
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Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the lyrics for their 1989 Bleach album were written the night before recording while he was feeling “pissed off”, and that he did not regard them highly. In the end, producer Jack Endino billed the band thirty hours of recording at $606.17.
“School”, the second song on Bleach, features only four lines of lyrics, and was a critique of the Seattle music scene, particularly Sub Pop.
“On a Plain” was written by Kurt Cobain in 1990. It was first recorded in the studio on January 1, 1991 by Craig Montgomery in Seattle, Washington, and ended up the second-to-last song on their Nevermind album.
http://youtu.be/rBSXgCuvZ5Y (on a plain)
“I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem.” – Kurt Cobain