Hey Morgen, from all us indie record store devotees—thanks for nothin’…
By Uncle Blurt
You might think that a 7” vinyl single of unreleased Kurt Cobain music would be ideal for either Record Store Day in April or RSD’s more recently established Black Friday event, which falls this year on November 27. Additionally, that date would seem appropriate since the soundtrack to Brett Morgen’s Montage of Heck Cobain documentary is slated for a Nov. 6 release along with the DVD of the film, and it’s rumored that the music on the single, a cover of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” (which appeared in the film) b/w Cobain original “Sappy” may be included on that soundtrack, so it would make sense to boost soundtrack sales while tapping into the RSD Black Friday fever, right?
Wrong—the single is apparently slated for release by Universal on Nov. 20, according to the Vinyl Collector forum, which posted a pre-order link to the Bull Moose music site. Talk about blowing a great opportunity to salute the types of independent record stores that Cobain would have been a huge fan of, eh?
Director Morgen discovered the music while trawling through the Nirvana frontman’s archives as he prepared his film. Of the Beatles song, he told Rolling Stone, “Nobody in Kurt’s life — not his management, wife, bandmates — had ever heard his Beatles thing. I found it on a random tape. It’s a Paul song. How’s that for shattering the myth?”
Morgen added, of assembling the still-unreleased soundtrack album whose tracklisting has not yet been revealed, “I finished the film and there was all this other music… No one asked me to do anything, I just started cutting the thing together and telling the estate that they should put this out. I think initially my thought was it would be a nice complement to the film. I don’t have any financial stake in the album. Creatively, it should be out there as a thing for the fans.”
Below, listen to the aforementioned “Sappy,” a pretty rough, scratchy sounding track at that, although not without merit. Incidentally, if you check the links at that Bull Moose page there’s one for a pretty extensive list of previous Record Store Day titles they apparently still have in stock. Those Half Japanese box sets still look pretty tasty…