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Listen: Paul McCartney, Nirvana Members Release Studio Version of "Cut Me Some Slack"

Last night on Saturday Night Live, Sir Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana performed their new track, "Cut Me Some Slack," for the second time in four days.

You can watch their SNL performance here.

The collective, which features McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear ("Sirvana," anyone?), originally debuted the song last Wednesday night at the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Fans of the heavy, raw-sounding tune with the strong "Helter Skelter" vibe will be happy to know that the studio version of the track is now available on iTunes at this location. You can hear it via the YouTube player below.

The song is part of Sound City — Real to Reel, the soundtrack album for Grohl's highly anticipated documentary about Sound City, the famous California recording studio.

The film is set for a February premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It also will become available through video-on-demand services as the Sundance projector starts rolling. The soundtrack album, which is available now for pre-order on iTunes, will be released March 12. Check out the full track listing below.

McCartney's other Saturday Night Live contributions last night included a performance of "My Valentine," with Joe Walsh on lead guitar, and "Wonderful Christmastime," his 1979 holiday tune, which featured a live children's chorus. As he did Wednesday night, McCartney donned a slide and a Baratto cigar box guitar when performing "Cut Me Some Slack."

Sound City — Real to Reel Tracklist:

  • 01. Dave Grohl, Peter Hayes, and Robert Levon Been, “Heaven and All”
  • 02. Brad Wilk, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Tim Commerford, “Time Slowing Down”
  • 03. Dave Grohl, Rami Jaffee, Stevie Nicks, and Taylor Hawkins, “You Can’t Fix This”
  • 04. Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Rick Springfield, and Taylor Hawkins, “The Man That Never Was”
  • 05. Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, and Taylor Hawkins, “Your Wife Is Calling”
  • 06. Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen, and Scott Reeder, “From Can to Can’t”
  • 07. Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Joshua Homme, “Centipede”
  • 08. Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Joshua Homme, “A Trick With No Sleeve”
  • 09. Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack”
  • 10. Dave Grohl, Jessy Greene, Jim Keltner, and Rami Jaffee, “Once Upon a Time… The End”
  • 11. Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme, and Trent Reznor, “Mantra”
Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.