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AI has given us the Kurt and Courtney mash-up we’ve always wanted

Ever since Kurt Cobain got together with Courtney Love, there have been rumours/stories/allegations/accusations that he helped her write songs for Hole. “How did she make such a big leap in songwriting from the Pretty on the Inside album to Live Through This in just a couple of years? She must have had help! Kurt wrote all that stuff!”

There’s no evidence that he did, but given that they were husband-and-wife musicians, the two of them must have talked songwriting all the time, offering a tweak here and a tweak there. The only documented case of Kurt working with Courtney comes from a demo recorded at Triclops Studios in Atlanta around October 1993. Kurt comes in at around the two-minute mark.

That’s the only taste of what Kurt and Courtney might have sounded like–until now, thanks to artificial intelligence.

YouTuber FaustoX has a thing for putting Kurt into other people’s songs. AI Kurt can be found singing Radiohead’s “Creep” and “Song 2” from Blur. Now here he is singing the title track of “Celebrity Skin” from 1998. It’s not flawless–it sounds like the AI altered Courtney’s voice so it sounds closer to that of Kurt–but remember, this technology is only going to get better.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “AI has given us the Kurt and Courtney mash-up we’ve always wanted

  • Radiohead “Creep” & Blur “Song 2” WERE Kurt, under different looks & aliases.. I know because I AM!! (Immortal faery boy, shapeshifter!). I was also Grimes 🙂

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