On My Radar: Dave Grohl’s Cultural Highlights | Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl was born in Ohio in 1969 and raised in Virginia. He got his start as a drummer with punk band Scream before joining Nirvana in 1990. Following Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, Grohl formed Foo Fighters, which released its 10th album last year. He has made several documentaries and last year published an autobiography, The narrator. His latest project, in which he plays with his band, is the horror-comedy film Workshop 666, on general release now. Grohl lives with his wife and three daughters in Los Angeles.
This [Isle of Wight] group begins to explode in America. A friend sent me his song Chaise Longue and I thought, Oh that’s great. It’s fun, it’s fresh, it’s new, it’s just completely entertaining. Great sense of humor, great rhythm, great riffs, totally catchy. I started passing it on to my friends, and every time we get together for our dance parties in the living room, it’s the song everyone jumps off the couch and dances to. There are nights when we play this song on repeat. They do brilliant videos too. I can’t wait to see them live.
2. Internet show
The hottest (Youtube)
This series, hosted by Sean Evans, is one of the best ideas for a [celebrity] interview show: 10 chicken wings with 10 increasingly spicy sauces, and each wing accompanies a question. Watching your favorite celebrity try to smother the hot sauce with a Scoville number of 1.5 million is amazing. Gordon Ramsay was my favorite episode, because you’ve never seen the guy get it back so hard, after all the pain he’s inflicted. The person who survived without a scratch and almost looked like he was enjoying it, was Lorde. Take it for a curry. It will blow your mind.
Lyrics by Paul McCartney (Allen Lane)
I know every one of Paul McCartney’s songs, and I could probably recite most of them from memory, but to have this new perspective coming from the author, explaining the songs himself, is truly rewarding. It humanizes the whole process. I loved it [Beatles] documentary Return too. I watched Ringo the whole time: I know what it’s like to sit on a drum stool and watch a bunch of people argue. All you want to do is play a rhythm. Come on, shit, no more words!
The resurgence of American barbecue in recent years is exciting to me, as I grew up in Virginia where barbecue was everywhere. These days you have chefs getting into the molecular science of a beef brisket, but you should never forget that it’s a very simple food meant to feed a lot of people at once. My favorite barbecue chef is Sam Jones in North Carolina, who still cooks on a pit where his great-grandfather cooked 130 years ago. It’s so simple, but it’s definitely the most delicious thing ever.
Euphoria (HBO/Atlantic sky)
I don’t watch much TV, but Euphoria completely blew my mind, and I think Zendaya is one of the greatest actresses to come out of American television in the last 30 years. It’s about a group of young friends navigating a difficult life that becomes a hurricane of drugs and sexual and family issues. I watched an episode the other night that had to do with addiction and withdrawal, and it was so on the fucking nose that I was traumatized after watching it. But then you start to fall in love with the characters and, phew, that’s good.
6. Technology / Art
I like the idea of an NFT [non-fungible token], although I don’t quite understand. I just think that everything I create ultimately belongs to everyone. But if you can make 10 million dollars with a fucking drawing, then I’ll do them all day. There’s one in my studio right now. Someone gave us an NFT. It’s this thing in a frame and you plug it in and then it’s a picture. It’s just colors. Someone pointed at it and said, “It’s an NFT.” I was like, “No shit.” I don’t know what makes it an NFT, other than it’s mine!