10 Dave Grohl Projects That Aren’t the Foo Fighters or Nirvana
That guy who played drums in Nirvana -- you remember him right?
The career of Dave Grohl has been nothing short of miraculous. Even if you aren't a fan, you have to acknowledge his love of music, his commitment to "the cause" and that, basically, he's a guy with his heart in the right place -- even if those Foo Fighters ain't your cup of meat.
Grohl has had his hands, feet, head and heart in a wide variety of projects outside his bread and butter. We don't have time to list them all, but in honor of Grohl's massive supergroup Teenage Time Killers' recent debut, here's a sampling of some of the more interesting projects the man has done with his time. We should all be half as productive.
Just prior to joining Nirvana, Grohl's steady gig was in the band Scream. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Scream built a respectable reputation in the underground for their aggressive yet melodic approach. The band fell apart in early 1990, and the timing couldn't have been better for Grohl. He would, thanks to a tip from the Melvins' Buzz Osborne, audition for Nirvana -- and the rest, as they say, is history.
Them Crooked Vultures was Grohl's own vision of a supergroup, banding together with friend and bandmate Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age as well as former Led Zeppelin bassist and all-around musical renaissance man John Paul Jones. The trio dished out a groove-heavy sound that wasn't surprising in light of the pedigree of its members. They have only produced one lone LP thus far and have been on hiatus ever since.
Aside from his musical talents, Grohl is, if nothing else, a diehard and dedicated music obsessive. He never made a secret of his love of heavy metal bands, so when the opportunity to live out his metallic dreams arose, he was ready to rip it out. Probot featured members of Venom, Celtic Frost, Voivod, Sepeltura and Trouble, as well as the likes of King Diamond and Lemmy -- underground metal all-stars to say the least.
Kyuss were one of the most important heavy bands of the '90s. Along with Fu Manchu and a few others, they ushered in the genre of "stoner rock," which was simply Black Sabbath-esque grooves, down, dirty and heavy mixed with some psychedelic flourishes. When that band dissolved, leader Josh Homme formed Queens of the Stone Age, who took that template as a starting point only to create their own distinct vision. Grohl has been an on-again, off-again member for many years and is said to be on drums for their forthcoming release.
With money in the bank, a handful of free time and a dedication to the music, Grohl immersed himself in the Sound City project, which would ultimately spawn a film, an album, HBO miniseries and a Grammy-winning song. That song, "Cut Me Some Slack," was a collaboration between Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear and Sir Paul McCartney, and it's one of the most rocking things any of them have been involved in.
Tenacious D is the comedy/musical brainchild of Jack Black and Kyle Glass. It's one part music and two parts comedy ... or is it two parts music and one part comedy? Either way, some find it funny while others think it rocks. Dave Grohl wandered into the middle of the story, adding various musical components as well as playing the devil in one of their videos and the Pick of Destiny movie. Cue laugh track.
The Melvins somewhat defined the term "heavy rock" in the mid- to late '80s, inspiring countless disgruntled teenagers crawling in muck at the time. When the band released their Kiss homage, each member were simultaneously issuing a record of their own. Buzz Osborne -- a.k.a. King Buzzo -- called in Grohl to bash on the drums. It's heavy ... maaan.
The 1994 film, Backbeat, traced the early days of the Beatles before the hits and worldwide pandemonium. Those gritty Hamburg days required a band to provide the soundtrack, and the solution -- in a post-Nevermind world -- was to call in a cavalry of alternative rock hotshots. Members of Sonic Youth, R.E.M, Gumball, Soul Asylum and Afghan Whigs, as well as Mr. Grohl, made up the Backbeat Band. They provided the soundtrack to the film, covering all the early rock and roll numbers the Fab Four belted out at the time.
Right around the time Grohl joined Nirvana, he was working on some tunes of his own. Those songs, recorded in a lo-fi style, eventually ended up as a cassette-only release under the moniker Late! -- an inside joke about Grohl always being late -- on the Simple Machines label. Once Nirvana took flight, word began to get out about this related nugget. Though bootleg versions arrived at a rapid-fire pace, an official release has yet to happen -- apparently at Grohl's request.
The projects listed above are only the tip of the iceberg that is Dave Grohl's musical career. The man is everywhere you turn, guesting on this record or that and hosting this program or another. In other words, you can't escape the man. Whether the over-saturation process has begun is up for debate, but one thing is for certain: He has a lot of energy and dedication to the music.
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