Kurt Cobain chooses Nirvana’s band name in new ‘Montage Of Heck’ clip – watch

Other names considered: The Reaganites, Fecal Matter, Drugs For Sale and Erectum

Another new clip has emerged from the upcoming film about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Cobain: Montage of Heck.

The fully-authorised documentary was directed by Brett Morgen premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will arrive in UK cinemas this spring. It will receive its US television premiere on HBO on May 4. Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain served as an executive producer on the project.

The Guardian have now shared an animated teaser video which shows Cobain brainstorming a name for his band, before finally settling on Nirvana. Watch below.


Other names considered by Cobain included The Reaganites, The Mandibles, Cold and Wet, Window Pain, Fecal Matter, Drugs For Sale and Erectum. Interestingly, many of these have since become actual band names for other Nirvana-inspired groups.

In a previous clip, exclusive to NME, director Morgen described the film as “an immersive ride through Kurt’s life”. He said: “You literally go through life with Kurt Cobain in this film and you go through it in his eyes and through his experiences. That’s really rare in a documentary.” Watch that video below.

Morgen added: “From the moment Kurt Cobain burst into the public scene with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ there has been an absolute cultural obsession with Kurt. But Kurt had very limited interactions with media during his lifetime and so the public’s perception of Kurt, for the most part for the last 25 years, has been very steeped in mythology, projection and fantasy. With ‘Montage Of Heck’, audiences for the first time are going to meet Kurt Cobain.

“It was a unique opportunity to do something that has never been done, to present an American icon in a complete naked and honest manner without bringing him down or building him up but where we can look him in the eye.”

Morgen revealed last month (March) that Cobain: Montage of Heck will feature a previously unheard 12-minute long acoustic Kurt Cobain track. Speaking previously to Rolling Stone, Morgen said that the film’s score “is all unreleased Cobain music”.


However, noticeably absent from Cobain: Montage of Heck is Cobain’s former Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl, who was interviewed for the documentary too late for his contributions to be included in the current edit, Morgen explained in January.