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Kurt Cobain’s First Solo Single, “Sappy,” Has Arrived Two Decades After His Death

Montage of Heck is full of footage of young Kurt Cobain.


Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994, but almost two decades later we have his first official solo single. While making the documentary Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen unearthed several of Cobain’s unreleased home recordings.* He’s now turning most of them into a solo album titled Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings. 

But even before that album comes out on November 13, we’ll get a 7” with two additional singles: Kurt covering the Beatles’ “And I Love Her,” and a polished version of rare Nirvana song “Sad,” also known as “Sappy” (because it’s sad/happy…get it?). Versions of this song have been floating around YouTube for years, and even this one starts out a little fuzzy, but by the time Kurt’s familiar forlorn vocals come in, you’re ready to forgive the recording any sin—it’s just good to hear his voice again.

Correction, Oct. 6, 2015: This post originally misspelled Brett Morgen’s last name.