The Backbeat Band (1994)
When filmmaker Iain Softley began making Backbeat, a biopic of the Beatles' pre-fame years, he put music producer Don Was in charge of assembling a supergroup to play the sorts of covers the Fab Four cut their teeth on. The group was a who's who of the Nineties' alternative scene, with Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner doing Paul McCartney's vocals, the Afthan Whigs' Greg Dulli doing Lennon's, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and producer Don Fleming on guitar, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills on bass, and, of course, Nirvana's Dave Grohl doing his best Pete Best on drums. The movie came out a few days after Kurt Cobain died and Grohl later said that, even though he'd recorded songs for it, it was difficult to watch. "I knew that when [Beatles bassist] Stu Sutcliffe died [in the film] I wouldn't be able to handle it," he told The Guardian in 1995. "I knew. 'Why? Why did you go to see that?'" Nevertheless the "Backbeat Band" did one performance in June 1994 at the MTV Movie Awards, including a rollicking rendition of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter."