If it hadn’t been for Johnny Depp, Paul McCartney might never have won a Grammy for Best Rock Song with the surviving members of Nirvana. That’s precisely what happened a little over a week ago at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, when the former Beatle ended up onstage with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear to accept the hardware for their collaboration, “Cut Me Some Slack.”
“I blame Johnny Depp,” McCartney explained to a group of reporters gathered at the Staples Center’s media room. “Because he’d just given me this little cigar box guitar, which I was wildly excited about, so I took it along [to the studio].” McCartney’s instrument selection wasn’t the only aspect of the recording session that traces back to the film industry. The idea for the entire collaboration grew out of Sound City, a 2013 documentary on the California recording studio of the same name. Sound City Studios, founded in 1969 and shuttered in 2011, was played host to some of the top musical acts of the past half-century. Bands who recorded there included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana.