Rock History by Dave Grohl

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is teaching us a lesson on rock history and the cyclical nature of the beast!

Recently Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins were interviewed and we got a crash course in rock beginning with 80's Hair Bands. 

Alternative Nation transcribed the recent radio interview.

  • Grohl: “In the '80s you had all these rock bands that got huge. There was so much glamour, all the dudes had crazy hair, limos, they were shooting their videos at Crazy Girls, riding Harleys.”
  • Hawkins:Motley Crue.
  • Grohl: “A lot of bands. It kind of went its course or whatever.”
  • Hawkins:Nirvana came out.”
  • Grohl: “Then there were a lot of bands that loved playing rock music, but didn’t have anything to do with that. It was more about, 'We’re just dirty kids who play in garages and write these songs.'”
  • DJ: “It was the grunge thing.”
  • Grohl: “Yeah, that was sort of born out of the punk rock thing. Then all of a sudden that becomes huge for a while, and after that you are sort of like, 'Damn man, I sort of want a rock star.' Then Marilyn Manson gets big, and you’re like, 'Oh cool, now you’ve got something that is really fantastic to look at, it’s really moving, and really powerful.'"
  • -Grohl: "The imagery and the music too, you are like, wow that’s cool man! Then the hip hop scene sort of took over all of the glamour that the rock and roll thing had in the '80s. It’s kind of cyclical in this weird way. Eventually, you’ll get to a place where you’ll have a hip-hop artist who doesn’t go that route, or a rock band that does go the glam route. Things kind of roll in this cycle.”

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