A new documentary telling the story of former Hole drummer Patty Schemel features never-before-seen footage of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain singing an unreleased song they wrote.
The film, Hit So Hard, received its world premiere at the South By Southwest festival in Austin this week (beginning March 14). As well as footage of the song, ‘Stinking of You’ being performed, it features revealing interviews with Love and former Hole members Melissa Auf der Maur and Eric Erlandson.
The documentary addresses Schemel’s struggle with drug addiction and the deaths of Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff. All four original Hole members are set to reunite for the first time in 13 years at the New York premiere of the film on March 28.
Schemel was replaced on the band’s 1998 album ‘Celebrity Skin’ by a session drummer, with the film revealing that this what caused her to leave the band for good.
Candid home footage recorded by Schemel of Cobain and Love, including footage of them playing ‘Stinking of You’, is featured.
“Kurt used to hang around us, ‘cos he hated his band [Nirvana],” Love says in the film when discussing the last year of Cobain’s life.
At a question and answer session after the screening at the Texas festival Schemel discussed being replaced on ‘Celebrity Skin’, saying she was “angry, but OK about it”.