12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden - Live Concert

Cut Me Some Slack (McCartney, Grohl, Novoselic, Smear)

If you were one of the 27 million people who tuned in to watch the Grammys, you’ll understand why Cut Me Some Slack is this week’s Song of the Week.  Written by Paul McCartney, and Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear of Nirvana, this song was awarded Best Rock Song.  The group debuted this song at the 12-12-12 Benefit Concert for Sandy Relief, surprising the entire audience (which included me!) Here’s a video of their performance:

Cut Me Some Slack is featured in Grohl’s new documentary Sound City.  According to Grohl, the track was written in just three hours – a huge achievement when considering the group’s success.  But quick song writing isn’t new to this group of musicians.  McCartney wrote some of his greatest Beatles hits in less than an hour.

Accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Song
Accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Song

The song was not originally meant to premiere at the 12-12-12 concert, but Grohl and McCartney decided it make ‘quite the splash’. “We walked in; we jammed the song. It just came out of nowhere. The best songs happen that way,” said Grohl. “We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it. It was three hours and it was perfect.”

The song is a full blown tribute to rock, tracing back to Nirvana’s roots and the Beatles’ later catalogue.  The inspiration for the song came swiftly and while the group was ‘jamming’ – something that McCartney says is a necessary part of the creative process.  Creative energy and ideas are things that are sometimes missing from music these days, but McCartney, Grohl, Smear and Novoselic know how it’s done.

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