Once quoted that he hated Sir Paul McCartney, it now appears that even Kurt Cobain was incapable of resisting the Beatle’s charm. With the release of Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck on the horizon, a fragment of Cobain’s rendition of McCartney’s And I Love Her has been unearthed among the many other hidden gems found by director Brett Morgen inside a tape labeled by Cobain as “Tape 59: Montage Of Heck.”
Whether it is the effect of the perpetual, almost mythic heartbreak surrounding his death or the steadfast fieriness forever undisguised in his voice and music, Cobain’s very private interpretation of And I Love Her teems with a brooding both wistful and warmhearted. Only a few verses are recorded, but each word sung strikes like sentiments entirely inhabited and experienced by Cobain – as those rare and very special cover songs often most naturally impart. Though McCartney’s version is full with awe, Cobain’s is a bit more tangled. McCartney’s singing smoothly softens each time, but the crackles of Cobain’s voice nervously deepen upon each declaration of love, suggesting a continual interweaving of disquiet and solace even in Cobain’s most private moments of melodic doting.
“I don’t know how this happened,” Morgen told Rolling Stone about discovering the tape, “But putting on a cassette that says ‘Tape 59: Montage Of Heck?’ You’re transported into Kurt’s mind. It’s so personal, too. I’m just sitting alone with headphones… it was so hard not to share that, you know? I wanted the surprise at the premiere, but I felt selfish, like people need to hear that.”
Though some lucky few saw the film earlier this year at Sundance, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck will premiere on a wider scale on May 4 on HBO. A large number of unreleased music from the aforementioned tape will also be featured.