LIVE NIRVANA SESSIONS HISTORY (Cobain and Love) Winter, 1992 - Unidentified hotel, Seattle, WA, US

  • Cobain, Kurt (backing vocals)
  • Love, Courtney (vocals, guitar)
  • [O] Stinking Of You
Source ID Quality Complete Runtime Lowest Gen Tracks Featured Notes
AMT #1 TBC TBC TBC Official Blu-ray (Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel) • Stinking Of You Mostly shown in split-screen, together with home-video footage of Cobain, Love and their baby daughter.

News of this collaboration first broke in 2002, in an interview that Courtney Love gave to Rolling Stone's Chris Heath. Love described the duet to Heath as really cute and Breeder-y, before humming him the riff and singing some of the lyrics: I'm stinking of you… I don't care if my life is shattered, it's my point of view…. Love told the RS reporter that she and Cobain had written the song on the same night as Hole B-side 20 Years in Dakota. Love claimed that she had been responsible for the stinking of you part (described by her as that dumb little line), while Cobain had written the life is shattered verses (the more sophisticated, better part). (1)

Footage of the couple performing the song finally surfaced in 2011, with the release of rock documentary Hit So Hard: The Life And Near Death Story Of Patty Schemel. In the featured video clip, Love can be seen strumming an acoustic guitar and singing the song, while Cobain joins in from behind the camera with a rough vocal harmony. (2)

  1. Heath, Chris, 2002. Courtney on Unheard Cobain Songs, Rolling Stone, [online] Available at: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/newsarticle.asp?nid=15937&afpm=9606413.
  2. The Life And Near Death Story of Patty Schemel, 2011. [Film] P. David Ebersole. USA: The Ebersole Hughes Company, Tight Ship Productions.

© Alex Roberts. August 28, 2011