Kurt Cobain was, despite some Nirvana fans’ attempts to dispute it, a fan of The Beatles. He famously wrote “About a Girl” after repeatedly listening to Meet the Beatles, and included the band on his mixtapes. That’s not really remarkable information, but because Cobain is such a mythologized pop culture figure, any glimpse into his musical life that we haven’t yet seen becomes a little treasure.
Today, we have a new Cobain treasure, in the form of his very personal cover of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her,” a song best known for its association with the classic film A Hard Day’s Night. Next month, thanks to the success of the Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, the film’s director Brett Morgen is launching an album of previously unreleased Cobain recordings that includes early Nirvana demos (recorded solo) and various covers. Lucky for us, “And I Love Her” made the cut.
Everyone who grew up with Nirvana on the radio knows the gravelly, relentlessly intense Cobain voice, but this track, rough though it is, showcases something a little more tender. The darkness is still there, particularly because he’s singing in a lower register than Paul McCartney, but there’s something very sweet about this intimate little cover. So, give it a listen.
Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings arrives November 13.