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Grohl had other unfinished business for Wasting Light: hearing a Nirvana unplugged vibe on I Should Have Known, he invited Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic to play on the song.
That song wasn’t played at Paladinos, but Grohl dusted off something Novoselic was familiar with: Marigold, the B-side of Heart-Shaped Box and the only solely Grohl-penned song in the Nirvana catalogue.
Problem was, they hadn’t played Marigold in years.
So Grohl booked a tiny LA studio to rehearse the track, with just himself, Novoselic and Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear, the latter once again a permanent Foo Fighter.
It was late at night when some magic happened.
“We ran through the song (Marigold) we were going to play and we thought we were done,” Grohl recalls. “It was just the three of us in the studio and Krist went, ‘You want to play any mouldy oldies?’ And I went, ‘Er, OK’ because we’d never done that. Ever.”
Novoselic had a particular song in mind.
“Krist went, ‘F— it, let’s play (Smells Like) Teen Spirit. And so we played Teen Spirit.”
There were no vocals and no witnesses.
“The only other person in the whole building was Scott who runs the studio. Scott opened up the door and heard us playing Teen Spirit, stopped for a second, looked puzzled and he closed the door.
“After it finished, Scott said, ‘Hey, guys, that one’s pretty good – you should keep it … ‘