You must hear Kurt Cobain cover The Beatles, because it’s bliss
We’ve seen the trailer for HBO’s Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, and, in a word, it’s intense. The film, which comes to HBO on May 3, is being touted as the most intimate look at the Nirvana frontman’s life, and includes many previously unreleased songs from Cobain’s archive. One of them is his cover of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her,” and if you’re already tearing up, we don’t blame you.
The original song is jaunty, but with a sadness underscoring its plaintive lyrics. The Fab Four, led by Paul McCartney’s doe-eyed vocals, lay their feelings out bare, backed up by Ringo’s bongos.
Cobain’s cover, which is included in the film’s soundtrack, has made its way onto the Internet, and turns the polished love song into a rough but tender lullaby. The audio is coarse, but the depth of his voice cuts through, even when it dips into the lowest end of his register. It’s an instant classic cross-genre cover, but one that had remained hidden until now, unknown even to Cobain’s family
While Cobain is quoted as saying, “I like the Beatles, but I hate Paul McCartney” in his lifetime, it appears that when it came to the music, he was able to put his personal feelings aside. Though plenty of people have tried to understand Cobain’s life and death, it seems that there’s still plenty to absorb from one of rock’s most enigmatic figures, decades after his life was tragically cut short.