parodies by nacrowe
i get it.
some people are sick of the sight of DAVE GROHL. in recent years he has been omnipresent in documentaries related to anything and everything ROCK N ROLL. lazy journalists refer to him as "the nicest guy in the music industry" (which makes my lizard brain immediately counter with, yeah, to journalists) and he has become something of the TORCH BEARER for the HUMAN ELEMENT in music writ large during an era of PITCH CORRECTION and DIGITAL MANIPULATION in the production of music. so i get the eye rolls and shirking at yet another testimonial to his supposed GREATNESS.
what gets me about GROHL is his capacity to be INCLUSIVE to musicians. he's collaborated on COUNTLESS projects for other artists (MELVINS, EARTHLINGS?, TENACIOUS D, KILLING JOKE, THE PRODIGY, DAVID BOWIE, NINE INCH NAILS), been in numerous bands (NIRVANA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, FOO FIGHTERS, SCREAM, THEM CROOKED VULTURES) and initiated projects designed to showcase the talents of others like PROBOT (LEMMY KILMISTER, MAX CAVALERA, KING DIAMOND, WINO, CRONOS), TEENAGE TIME KILLERS (JELLO BIAFRA, NEIL FALLON, MATT SKIBA, RANDY BLYTHE) and the SOUND CITY soundtrack (LEE VING, PAUL MCCARTNEY, RICK SPRINGFIELD, CHRIS GOSS, STEVIE NICKS). oh yeah and he made the FOO FIGHTERS record an album of straight-up FUNKY BEE-GEE covers. you should be dancing, indeed.
its one thing to be an advocate for a community, another entirely to put ENERGY into being a CREATIVE RESOURCE for them to access. GROHL, given his unique cultural cache and commercial success with NIRVANA and FOO FIGHTERS, has time and again leveraged such a platform to spotlight those around him and causes he believes in. i just dont see it as SELFISH. the man has gone through more than his share of suffering from the very public premature passing of his friends and former bandmates that would crush less a person. hes carried on the spirit and legacy of his friend KURT COBAIN for decades and i imagine the same will be the case with TAYLOR HAWKINS. all i can say is godspeed.
embedded below is a DEER GOD RADIO episode on nonprofit internet radio station MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC that originally aired at the end of 2021. the playlist includes music from throughout the DAVE GROHL's infamous catalogue. enjoy!
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