It’s a bit unsurprising considering they are both rock legends – but Dave Grohl and Sir Paul McCartney managed to write and record their collaboration Cut Me Some Slack in just three hours.
Grohl revealed the speedy process to American radio station KROQ, describing McCartney as “just the sweetest, nicest, most awesome person” to work with.
And he said that the foundations of the song came about very naturally:
“We walked in; we jammed the song. It just came out of nowhere. The best songs happen that way,” he said.
“We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it. It was three hours and it was perfect.”
“You have to understand, one of the great things about playing with Paul McCartney…is that that generation of musicians, they cherish and respect and value the practice of just going into a room and coming up with something and jamming and making it a song,” Grohl said.
“There’s not like seven songwriters and seven producers and digital technology or whatever. It’s like people getting in a room.”
Grohl and McCartney premiered Cut Me Some Slack live at the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy benefit gig in New York last month, with former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear also helping out on the track. Watch the performance at the bottom of the page.
The song will appear on the soundtrack to Grohl’s forthcoming Sound City movie. The movie will be released on February 1, with the soundtrack to follow on March 8.