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Dave Grohl On Being Unrecognized In Nirvana

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl says of his Nirvana days in Entertainment Weekly's latest issue: "I was the most unrecognizable person [in Nirvana]. Kurt was in the spotlight, Krist was, like 6 foot 8, and I was just kind of this ball of hair in the background."

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1. metalhead644 writes:

Aside from my extreme hatred of nirvana, i think dave is a great musician and should be recognized above kurt cobain, a horribly overrated musician of which dave rapes in every way

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2. Gf writes:

a f***ing kick a$$ ball of hair, he should grow it back

# Jun 21, 2005 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. MAW writes:

my main problem with Nirvana is that they are considered this incredibly influential band when really all they were the most popular band in a genre of music that was only around for 5 years. I think we all know that there were better grunge bands than Nirvana (f***ing Soundgarden, Tool) and if Cobain hadn't killed himself they would have faded off into oblivion like most drug addled bands do. I like Dave Grohl asa musician, I hate Foo Fighters, love Probot

# Jun 21, 2005 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tool is NOT grunge...They are alternative rock, and or progressive rock/metal.

BUT NOT GRUNGE!

Hailing from the grunge-era does not a grunge band make!...Christ, I have a headache now....

Cobain wrote lyrical circles around Grohl. Little bit more passion in Cobains vocals as well.

Grohl is a better Musician (the man plays it all, guitar bass, drums) by far.... But Cobain, even if you hate him, wrote better lyrics than 75% of his musical contempories at that time. Soundgarden were a better "grunge" band but Nirvana shifted the whole movement and future direction of popular rock. AIC, PearlJam, Soundgarden and Mud-honey --helped-- but the sheer number of 1 hit wonders and rip-off bands that followed Nirvana is laughable. They WERE influential and in a big way, I hate ALL of the bands that followed, but there were TONS(!!!!!) of them.

# Jun 21, 2005 @ 5:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Sean writes:

pretty sound argument

# Jun 21, 2005 @ 5:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Rulin Kmadd writes:

Mtv should have Grohl host the bangers ball from now on.
Period.

# Jun 21, 2005 @ 7:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MAW writes:

lyrics are totally debatable, f*** I think Peter Steele writes better lyrics than basically everyone.
your right, Tool isn't a "grunge" band due to the more technical nature of their songs.
Soundgarden kills Nirvana though, not that I don't like them on a casual level, but they aren't the machine that Soundgarden was.
I know I am not the only metalhead that thinks Nirvana is overrated at best. Sorry some of us have gotten over Cobains death.....and yes, Grohl is a much better musician.

# Jun 21, 2005 @ 7:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. korn sucks writes:

cobain a better lyricist???? give me a break. that fukking junkie couldn't do jack sh** without his drugs. and have you seen that phony retarded no talent junkie fukking ugly whore he was married to. if only she had the brains to kill herself. she's too fukking stupid to do even that. i know the stupid flake, no one's home.

# Jun 21, 2005 @ 8:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. r wallace writes:

Kurt was the best of what he did, and Grohl is the best at what he does. These are examples of two completely diferent eras. I love my metal music, will never down Nirvana at what they did nor never will. Grohl is a very talented musician, but i don't think he should host the ball. I think the best person for that job, would be someone completly metal. ex. Jamey Jasta

# Jun 21, 2005 @ 8:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. deatroyerofsenses writes:

fuk all you fa**ots who are hating on NIRVANA and DAVE GROHL grohl is a good musician and i love both probot and foo fighters and cobain was good lyric writer and for all you fa**ots that think cobain killed him self all you jackf***s are wrong check it out at justiceforkurt.com and just to let everybody know soundgaren wasn't sh** compared to NIRVANA i truely love metal and always will but NIRVANA well always be one of my favorite bands.
-orlando

# Jun 22, 2005 @ 12:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. cobain's dead writes:

better than soundgarden??? are you serious??? not on their best fukking day moron. you obviously don't play an instrument. your little peanut doesn't count nitwit. just because you like to beat off to cobain, doesn't mean he was great. i actually like some of their songs, but he was nowhere near the talent & skill of soundgarden. sorry, but 43 years of playing guitar & drums has taught me what true talent sounds like. it's ok to have a favorite band, but nirvana, metal??? not even remotely close. better luck next time.

# Jun 22, 2005 @ 12:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. RememberMetal? writes:

Lyrics aren't debatable whatsoever....

I've never heard anything so absurd in all my life.

Maw.......

Your going to tell me that one can not "ARGUE" that the lyrics of a band like Type O Negative are not in every single way better than those of Limp BIzkit or Kelly Clarkson....The strength of ones life experiences, and vocabulary make for the BEST lyrics. Find me one person who disagrees with that.

To Kornsucks

Half the bands you love are head over heels into drugs, but because their not as well publicized as Nirvana, you go on without knowing about your favorite bands singer shooting up heroin in the webbing of his left foot.

Yes Cobain was a better lyricist. Grohls stuff is very sturdy and at times even remarkable but overall it's nothing unique. Most of his stuff has been said before, sometimes word for word by other artists....

Nirvanas lyrics were so bizarre, especially by the standards of the early 90's, that dark pop-punk with abstract lyrics and metal nuances was the last thing anyone saw becoming popular. Alternative music(punk, metal, industrial, ska, nu-metal, rap-metal, techno, grindcore, swing, trance, noise,hardcore etc.) became alot more well known after the grunge movement.

Half of the music Nirvana made also was penned prior to Cobain dabbling with heroin. Bleach Incesticide, and most of Nevermind were written pre-heroin.

The ONLY things I agree with at all from Maw or Korn sucks is that Courtney Love was and remains a terrible joke and that Soundgarden in nearly every regard were a better band.

I'm not a raging Nirvana fan. Nor have I been. They were a better than average band that sent hairmetal straight to hell and for that I am grateful.

The media has turned them into legends, which they are not.....They merely gave the music industry, and rock music culture a good shake when it was needed. Yes...The Pixies, and NIN and Janes Addiction among many others were doing it first or better, but Nirvana succeeded beyond expectation and --THAT-- is why they still matter.

# Jun 22, 2005 @ 1:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brokenwings13 writes:

Most of you know already that I have a severe dislike of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, but many of you are new, so you get to hear it.....

Nirvana is considered by some people to be the most influential band of the 90's. They were ONE OF the many Grunge bands that helped destroy Hair Metal. BLAH BLAH BLAH!

Alot of bands, like Screaming Trees, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains, didn't get the recognition that Nirvana did.

Nirvana is basically the posterchild of the 90's rock scene. But all the glitz and glamor of being noticed didn't mean they were talented. Dave Grohl is one of the best musicians out there, he plays everything, but he wasn't noticed.

RememberMetal?, I'm certainly not going to argue with that assumption. Cobain's subject matter for his lyrics was based on alot of sh** that happened in his life, but it was very repetative and got to be whining. Would you be willing to say the lyrics of Maynard James Keenan are consistently different with those of Cobain's?

Point is, Kurt Cobain is overrated.

And yes, Kmadd, Dave should host the Ball from now on. That episode kicked ass.

# Jun 22, 2005 @ 2:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. RememberMetal? writes:

Missed that episode of the ball. Must have been a good one.

Of course Cobain is overrated, I simply think he wrote better lyrics than Dave Grohl. Grohls lyrics are very straightforward....Theres nothing wrong with it, it's just been done. I agree Grohl is handsdown a better guitarist and drummer however.

And MJK's lyrics are more cryptic than even Cobains, more articulate and at least equally if not more diverse. BUT Cobain fronted a pop-punk band.....Much higher standards are held when you sing in a prog-rock/metal outfit like Tool. It's Apples and Oranges........why compare?

I always thought Ed Vedder was bigger cry baby than Cobain. Cobain mostly told weird stories, and when it wasnt in story form it was semi-cohesive word collages.....

Nirvanas music wasn't very "Whoa is me....Im not okay i promise....." like say My Chemical Romance...But people knew Cobain had had a jacked childhood and he was becoming a living trainwreck at the end people made his songs to be more about pain than most of them really were....It's called Media induced displacement.

You want misery listen to Alice In Chains. Thats some of the darkest personal lyrical occounts you'll find by anyone. Thats some miserable stuff but noone called them whiney.

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15. brokenwings13 writes:

No one called AIC whiny because it wasn't as repetative as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. There were two songwriters so each song would literally be different than the next.

I don't know how the hell Pearl Jam made it this long. But back to Nirvana, I think most of the demise of Cobain's mental being was that he was married to Courtney Love. I know that probably sounds a bit harsh towards her, but I honestly think she drove him over the edge.

Yeah, that episode of the Ball was way better than anything Jamey Jasta's ever hosted. It was as good as a Rachtman-era episode.

# Jun 22, 2005 @ 3:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. RememberMetal? writes:

Grohl has always been really likeable....He knows his sh** too, a true musical encyclopedia, he's onto music on above and below the radar.

Courtney Love would have destroyed anyone. Shes a human cyclone. Cobain was especially fragile so I'm sure she wasn't of much help. I dont know if she drove him to it, but conflicts with her arent unlike actual military combat.

# Jun 22, 2005 @ 4:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. scumgit writes:

grohl's a decent foreskin beater, but foo fighters are just balls. probot was fairly lame, tho'.

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18. harold writes:

nirvana are sh**, face it everyone, they sucked balls!

# Jun 23, 2005 @ 10:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. brokenwings13 writes:

They didn't suck that bad, but they definitley weren't the best band out of Seattle.

BRAD! EMAIL ME! I got some new template crap and it didn't work on your addy.

# Jun 24, 2005 @ 12:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. RememberMetal? writes:

heh. Soundgarden and AIC were the best of Seattle had to offer, i'm merely saying Nirvana did what they did (which was abstract and dark pop-punk) better than most in their genre and that their timing was critical in helping to remove the blight that was hair-metal. They should neither be legend nor forgotten.

# Jun 24, 2005 @ 2:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. angrystoner writes:

nirvana was great they kicked so much a$$ and by the way queen they wipe the floor with those b**** a$$ punks metallica

# Jul 12, 2005 @ 2:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. relentless austin writes:

Nirvana's popularity is about innovation, whether you like their style or not.
That doesn't in any way take away from others like Soundgarden, AIC & Pearl Jam.
What makes a band stand the test of time is innovation. Elvis, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin,
Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and so on. The reason that these people are still worshiped is that each one played a roll in changing rock music.
All the grunge bands were great in their own ways, but the parrt of the grunge movement that really stands out to me personally is the moment that I first heard Nirvana.
Just like when the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time.
They opened the flood gates, and changed rock music,
because none of us had ever heard anything like it.

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23. bradispissed writes:

soundgarden, alice, pearl jam, and nevermore are/were the best seattle had to offer


here is the end to the grunge argument. soundgarden was straight up old school rock. pearl jam was folkish inspired rock and alice in chains were f***ing metal and f*** the f*** who says otherwise. also could be argued that soundgardens first e.p up to badmotofinger boarders the metal line as well.

only the sh** was grunge.

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24. brokenwings13 writes:

Nicely put.

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25. BLACKDOG writes:

Loved NIRVANA.Loved SOUNDGARDEN ! Loave ALICE IN CHAINS ! I would f*** Courtney but your right she's nut's no way I'd marry her.She is however a decent actress.Dave Grohl exceptional on all level's.Missed the BALL so I can't truly comment.That saide NEW PROBOT PLEASE !!!!

# Jul 12, 2005 @ 6:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. BLACKDOG writes:

WHOOPSIE !!! that was love ALICE IN CHAINS !

# Jul 12, 2005 @ 6:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. angrystoner writes:

i have a question ... why is dave grohl not standing out in nirvana news?


# Jul 14, 2005 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. RememberMetal? writes:

'Cus he uttered it in some interview among a bunch of other things and if anyone hears the N word, "Nirvana", said by either of the 2 surviving members, people get all happy and work it into an article thats mostly about Foo Fighters or one of Krist Novoselics projects.......

Same thing If Ringo Star or Paul Mccartney says in an interview.

"Oh, man, once......I was in this band called The Beatles.....how I long for yesterday"

....and the rest of the article could be about Bananas grown in the Florida panhandle but the Beatles line would ----FIND A WAY---- into the article.

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29. desifoxx writes:

I like the new song

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