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Watch: Kurt Cobain Brainstorms Band Names in ‘Montage of Heck’ Clip

Watch: Kurt Cobain Brainstorms Band Names in 'Montage of Heck' Clip

READ MORE: Watch: Kurt Cobain is Angst-Ridden in ‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Trailer

The rock documentary gets a whole lot more intimate in “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” director Brett Morgen’s exploration into the troubled life of the legendary Nirvana frontman. Using Cobain’s personal drawings, voice recordings, photos and home movies as a launching pad, the documentary provides a never before seen look at the eponymous musician, who committed suicide in 1994 after years of mental anguish. 

The film’s inventive approach to getting inside its subject is on display in a new clip above. Bringing the drawings and doodles of Cobain’s notebook to animated life, the clip breaks down all of the band names Cobain had brainstormed before landing on Nirvana. Considering just how many names lined the walls of Cobain’s notebook (Cold and Wet, anyone?), it’s safe to assume picking a band name was no easy task. Just imagine if Nirvana had actually been called Window Pain, or Pain for short.

Watch the clip above and check out “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” when it debuts May 4 on HBO.

READ MORE: Sundance Review: ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’ Is An Entertaining And Moving Rock Star Portrait

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