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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

About a Soundtrack

posted by on June 5 at 12:00 PM

His death was all I knew of him, and its impact on me continues to resound even now; but watching this film, listening to him speak, I was able to separate him from that for the first time.
— David Lowery on AJ Schnack’s new documentary


Here’s the track listing for the soundtrack to Kurt Cobain: About a Son, set to be released by Barsuk on 9/11/07. (Bummer about the date, but what can ya do…) The Ben Gibbard track is previously unreleased. (Click here for my post about the Seattle premiere.)


Steve Fisk & Benjamin Gibbard - “Overture”
audio excerpt - Never Intended
Arlo Guthrie - “Motorcycle Song”
The Melvins - “Eye Flys”
audio excerpt - Punk Rock
Bad Brains - “Banned In D.C.”
Creedence Clearwater Revival - “Up Around the Bend”
Half Japanese - “Put Some Sugar On It”
The Vaselines - “Son of A Gun”
Butthole Surfers - “Graveyard”
audio excerpt - Hardcore Was Dead
Scratch Acid - “Owner’s Lament”
Mudhoney - “Touch Me I’m Sick”
audio excerpt - Car Radio
Iggy Pop - “The Passenger”
Lead Belly - “The Bourgeois Blues”
REM - “New Orleans Instrumental No. 1”
audio excerpt - The Limelight
David Bowie - “The Man Who Sold The World”
Mark Lanegan - “Museum”
Ben Gibbard - “Indian Summer”


According to the press release, the film "will be released early fourth quarter 2007, with the DVD release either fourth quarter 2007 or first quarter 2008." They add, "Please note: this soundtrack does not contain the music of Kurt Cobain or Nirvana," but audio excerpts are part of the package. For more info, please visit the official website.

Incidentally, the quote above comes from a blog post that compares About a Son to Zoo. As David Lowery puts it, "The film's narration [i.e. Zoo] is made up almost entirely of interviews with men who would justify their zoophilic tastes; there is practically no voice of dissent to their tastes, but so great is the implicit, natural aversion to them that the film inherently takes the form of a complex dialogue." For more, please click here. Young Cobain image swiped from Wikipedia. Yes, I realize the second image looks more like Ellen DeGeneres than Cobain, but that's exactly what I like about it.

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Oh that is such a GOOD Melvin's track.

Posted by Dougsf | June 5, 2007 12:53 PM

the soundtrack is the saving grace to this visually beautiful yet absolutely tedious film. steve fisk and ben gibbard did a tremendous job.

by the halfway point at saturday's screening, all i could think was shut the fuck up, kurt.

am i too familiar with the story? really, who isn't? it has been 13 years since kurt left this mortal coil and there was virtually nothing in the film that hasn't appeared in print on a number of occasions.

buy the soundtrack. skip the film.

Posted by kerri harrop | June 5, 2007 2:47 PM

don't worry, i doubt anyone outside of seattle is even aware this movie was made, let alone care enough about kurt cobain to watch it.

rather than compiling a soundtrack, the producers should have invested their efforts into building a time machine, so they could teleport this film back to a time when people might have been interested in it.

Posted by brandon | June 5, 2007 3:00 PM

why even bother buying this soundtrack?

Posted by meh | June 5, 2007 3:24 PM

I noticed that Big Black's Kerosene isn't on that list. So what other songs in the movie aren't on the cd soundtrack and which on the cd aren't actually in the movie?

Posted by stinkbug | June 5, 2007 4:00 PM

i know there are 23803240 songs named indian summer, but is this one a cover of pedro the lion's "indian summer?" 'cuz that would be cool.

Posted by shane | June 5, 2007 4:39 PM

it's almost certainly a Beat Happening cover.

Posted by Kevin Erickson | June 5, 2007 8:50 PM


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