Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney's Nirvana 'Reunion' Song Didn't Take Much Effort

"['Cut Me Some Slack'] just came out of nowhere"

Krist Novoselic, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear
Krist Novoselic, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear / Photo by Getty Images
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"Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl's collaboration with Paul McCartney, was not the work of slackers. In fact, the whole song took only three hours to write and record, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer has revealed.

Grohl told KROQ (via NME) he and the Beatles singer had recorded performances for Grohl's upcoming Sound City documentary, and later Grohl asked McCartney if he wanted to play some more. "We walked in; we jammed the song," Grohl is quoted as saying. "It just came out of nowhere. The best songs happen that way. We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it. It was three hours and it was perfect.”

The song, which Grohl and McCartney performed with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and unofficial Nirvana member Pat Smear at the 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief (a lineup we dubbed "Sirvana"), appears on the Sound City soundtrack. Earlier this week, another track from the soundtrack, Grohl's collaboration with Slipknot's Corey Taylor, surfaced online.

For those who've had trouble keeping up with Grohl's busy schedule lately, here's one more: As Blabbermouth points out, he produces and plays drums on Swedish metal band Ghost's upcoming cover of ABBA's "I'm a Marionette." The recording is due out on April 17 as the B-side to the band's new single. More imminently, Grohl's Sound City Players have a Friday night show scheduled as part of Sundance, where you can be sure to wish Dave a happy belated 44th birthday.

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