Track Review: Sound City Players – Cut Me Some Slack

by Sam Skilton
It was halfway through his closing slot at the 12.12.12 Sandy Relief Concert when Paul McCartney came out with the line we had all been waiting for: “So recently some guys asked me to go and jam with them, so I showed up like you do ready to jam, and in the middle of it these guys kept saying, ‘We haven’t played together for years, you know?’ The penny suddenly dropped, I suddenly realised that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.”
If it had seemed surreal earlier in the day when rumours broke that the former Beatle would front Nirvana at Madison Square Garden that evening, it was even more so by the time Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear stepped on stage.
While it may not exactly have been a ‘Nirvana reunion’ (Macca will never be Kurt Cobain) it was certainly a great collaboration. The song performed was a brand new one, written and recorded in just a day, called ‘Cut Me Some Slack’. Grohl described it as “heavy as fuck”. It was certainly more explosive than ‘My Valentine’.
On Monday the song was released as part of the soundtrack to Dave Grohl’s brand new documentary – a tribute to the Sound City recording studios in California. Titled ‘Real to Reel’ the album features 11 tracks by the ‘Sound City Players’, a group of artists including Grohl, Novoselic, Smear, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and various others who have all recorded material at the studios over the years.
Released: 11 March 2013
Label: RCA
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