Some Brief Thoughts on Dave Grohl

As I was watching Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters gang ham it up on "Top Chef" on Wednesday night, I thought to myself, "I wonder what Kurt Cobain would think of his old drummer being on a cooking reality show on Bravo?" (Nevermind the fact that when Cobain committed suicide "The Real World" and "Cops" were the only reality shows and Bravo mostly showed old movies.) But then I quickly realized that while that thought may have popped into my head, it surely didn't occur to Grohl. And there's no reason that it should have. If anyone has earned the right to act goofy on a Bravo reality show, it's Grohl.

Here's a guy who came out of the D.C. punk scene of the late-'80s and early '90s before joining Nirvana. If you can think of two musical institutions more committed to self-righteousness and a lack of fun, please inform me. It seemed like Grohl tried to stay on the side of indie integrity early on in his post-Nirvana career. The first Foo Fighters lineup consisted of himself, ex-Germs/Nirvana weird face maker Pat Smear and the rhythm section from "the good emo band," Sunny Day Real Estate. Things started to turn when drummer William Goldsmith left/was given the boot and was replaced by Taylor Hawkins. I disliked Hawkins from the beginning -- partly because his previous job was drumming for Alanis Morrissette, partly because he seemed like such a wannabe rock star, partly because he immediately became the second most visible member of the band.

But Hawkins's arrival seemed to liberate Grohl, or at least bring out the inner rock star in him. Over the past decade there has been nothing understated or "indie" about the way Grohl has carried himself. When Nirvana appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1992, Cobain felt the need to wear a t-shirt emblazoned with "Corporate Magazines Still Suck." When Foo Fighters were on the cover of SPIN 10 years later, the band's picture was placed on the chest of a woman wearing a half-shirt. Nirvana appeared on TV plenty of times, but Cobain always had to have it on his terms, whether it was threatening to play "Rape Me" at the VMAs or making sure the Meat Puppets appeared on "Unplugged." Fast forward 15 years and you've got Grohl critiquing s'mores. And you know, good for him.

By David Malitz |  November 28, 2008; 3:12 PM ET TV Music
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there's something about Grohl that makes it impossible to dislike him. Maybe its because it seems like no one has as much fun being a huge, worldwide rock star as him? (he's like the Alex Ovechkin of rock, maybe?)

Posted by: RedBirdie | November 28, 2008 3:57 PM

Agreed with RedBirdie. Grohl is just such a likeable guy. The kind of person who would drum on a Queens of the Stone Age album just cuz he hadn't done any drumming in a while. The kind who would do a station id for DC101 saying that he really actually listened to the station when he was a kid (granted I doubt he'd listen to it now).

I haven't listened to the Foos for the past 2 or 3 albums, but I still respect him, and rock stardom couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Posted by: M__N | December 1, 2008 1:33 PM

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