David Grohl has solidified himself as a rock icon through his work with Nirvana and Foo Fighters. He even managed to start a rock supergroup featuring himself, Josh Homme of ‘Queens Of The Stone Age,’ and John Paul Jones of ‘Led Zeppelin.’
David Grohl can, seemingly, do no wrong. That is, until this video.
We all imagine that our musical performers pull their music from the heavens, sculpt it into the most gorgeous of rock (or pop, or country, or hiphop/rap, or r&b, etc.) finery and hand it to radio on a silver platter. Radio looks at it, nods knowingly, and puts it on the radio for humanity to shake its collective booty to.
But the fact is that behind the curtain lies a strange and filthy world of back alley deals and sideways glances. Suspicion and suspension of belief. Where everyone uses formulas to churn out the most popular under the guise of ‘uniqueness’ and ‘artistry.’
No one wants to look behind the curtain. But when it cracks, even just the littlest bit, and the brilliant light of knowledge shines through we can’t help but peak and know even though our very souls tell us that the knowledge will turn to rust everything we love and hold dear.
David Grohl knows how to write hit songs. He did some writing in Nirvana, but the Foo Fighters was his coming out party. His chance to show the world that he could make music too. Seven studio albums, four EP’s, and two compilation albums later his band still rules the world.
We know he can write songs that grab our attention. We didn’t wanna know how. We just wanted to trust him.
Kyle Gass, hilarious in his work with ‘Tenacious D,’ conversates it right out of him. It’s all jokes and funny, but TMI on every level. They opened up that curtain nice and wide to bare the ugly guts of hit songwriting to everyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear.
After watching this video you’re gonna go back in your own head and heart and look up every Foo Fighters song you ever liked. You’re gonna run it over your brain like you would a new-flavored candy over your tongue. And you’re gonna do this until you realize that every song is a reworked version of the same formula.
Rince and repeat. Ad infinitum. Ad nauseam.
The hard part is knowing that the music industry is a business and that the songs on your radio are merely previews of the true artistry available on the same album you purchased.
But you’re probably gonna do the dumb thing. You’re gonna bash David Grohl, maybe even Kyle Gass, calling them sell-outs or greedy, crap-music writing whores, or whatever.
The fact is David Grohl has done you a favor. He’s shown you the meat and potatoes of his own industry, and made you laugh. He did so out of either arrogance or ignorance, but either way, he did it.
So enjoy the video and relax. Your collection of albums isn’t crappy because of this information. Your taste is. Duh.