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Before Nirvana: Kurt Cobain’s Alternative Band Names Revealed in ‘Montage of Heck’ Clip

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Kurt Cobain famously filled notebooks with sketches, lyrics, and random observations, inspiring an anthology of his written works in 2003. Now, the journals of the late Nirvana frontman have been artfully woven into the first authorized documentary on him — Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

In the above exclusive clip from the upcoming film, you can see Cobain’s notebook imagery set to a live performance of an early Nirvana song, “Oh the Guilt.” Look closely for several of Cobain’s pre-Nirvana band-name ideas. Among the potential monikers he scribbled down: Fecal Matter, The Reaganites, Labido, Bliss, Smell Fish, Elvis Cooper, and Man Bug. 

Some of the drawings that appear at the beginning of the clip date back to when Cobain was 14 years old. The grunge pioneer died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1994. He was 27. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will appear in select theaters April 24 and will air May 4 on HBO.