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March 20, 2008 7:39 PM   Subscribe

Dave Grohl for President!
posted by loquacious (36 comments total)

 
How do you confuse a drummer?

Put him in an Oval Office and tell him to pee in the corner.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:39 PM on March 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


*rimshot*
posted by loquacious at 7:40 PM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


no way! dave grohl is an AIDS denier. (From what I can tell, he is no longer publicly associated with "Alive and Well".... but he's never come out and said OMG I MADE THE CRAZIEST MISTAKE, so he's still guilty in my book).
posted by moxiedoll at 7:43 PM on March 20, 2008 [4 favorites]


Courtney Love for Secretary of her Interior.
posted by Dizzy at 7:45 PM on March 20, 2008


That reportorial voice was really funny. Is there an Onion for features magazines?
posted by grobstein at 7:45 PM on March 20, 2008


The flag behind him is backwards. It makes the right side of my brain hurt.
posted by tepidmonkey at 7:46 PM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh, by the way -- that'll be the last issue of Harp. They're going the way of No Depression.
posted by spilon at 7:50 PM on March 20, 2008


HARP: Let’s talk about policies. There are some pretty radical immigration policies that a number of the candidates are proposing this election. The scary part is that they seem to be resonating with some voters.

Let me make a musical analogy if I may: I look at America as if it were Wembley stadium—it’s only so big but you can fit a lot of people in it. As president of the United States of America, I promise to rock the fucking house—and everyone’s invited.



HARP: We're starting a blog that's going to eschew Harper's Upper West Side image in favor of the proactive Gen-X hipster ethos that made George amgazine such a big hit. But we need to find a way to dupe these internet rubes into blogging about us on their personal blogographs. Think you can help?

GROHL: Well, I am a washed up rock fossil wedded to the album centered top-down music industry, and your "blog" looks like just the place for me to launch my next publicity stunt. So count me in!

HARP: Great! Check back next week when uber-rocker Tommy Lee bares all about Pam, tattoos, and turning sixty on the razor's edge of the wild side...
posted by Pastabagel at 7:54 PM on March 20, 2008


Will I find the believer
Another one who believes
Another one to decieve
Over and over, down on my knees
posted by bwg at 7:57 PM on March 20, 2008


I'm voting for Zombie Cobain.
posted by Poolio at 8:13 PM on March 20, 2008


The flag behind him is backwards.

Judging from the picture on the magazine cover, I'm guessing that one of the pictures has been reversed.
posted by yhbc at 8:26 PM on March 20, 2008


Makes sense. With the first Foo FIghters album he was able to triangulate between serious Nirvana fans and people who liked slicker big label alt rock, and he's been moving steadily towards the center ever since.
posted by Kronoss at 8:34 PM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Metafilter : We need to get back to drinking from that hose.
posted by mannequito at 8:36 PM on March 20, 2008


Now that I look at the two pictures again, one of them has definitely been reversed - his hair is parted differently.

So, the question becomes: did the art department put the flag up the wrong way, or did Dave Grohl not know which hand to put over his heart?
posted by yhbc at 8:44 PM on March 20, 2008


I'm guessing that one of the pictures has been reversed.

That's a good point. More people know you're supposed to cover your heart with your right hand than that the flag should be hung with the stars on the left.
posted by tepidmonkey at 8:45 PM on March 20, 2008


Judging from the way his jacket is buttoned, I'd guess the cover shot is backwards.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:50 PM on March 20, 2008


no way! dave grohl is an AIDS denier. (From what I can tell, he is no longer publicly associated with "Alive and Well".... but he's never come out and said OMG I MADE THE CRAZIEST MISTAKE, so he's still guilty in my book).

Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel's response.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:58 PM on March 20, 2008


dave grohl is an AIDS denier.

Wow, what a dumbass.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:38 PM on March 20, 2008


Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel's response.

How does the saying go? Better to stay silent and be thought a fool, than open your mouth and leave no room for doubt?

FWIW, here's some information on Maggiore, the founder/leader of Alive and Well and noted baby murderer.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:04 PM on March 20, 2008


To be fair it sounds like the Alive and Well thing is more the bassist's cause, so it's not like anyone's really listening.

[NOT BASSIST]

Well, a little.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:07 PM on March 20, 2008


Come on man, you used to be in Nirvana.
posted by cazoo at 10:22 PM on March 20, 2008


Oh, Foo Fighters, you had me back in '95 when I was stuck out in rural Japan (I stayed there and loved it for ten years, though) with little or no connection to pop culture. There was no Internet then. There were no MP3s. There was no "Akiba-kei" or otaku culture - JPop barely existed. I bought a Boredoms CD, but who can listen to burping for ten minutes?

And so I saw the Foo Fighters album in the CD store, with it's Mauser/Han Solo pistol and promise of Nirvana-inspired melodies. For a year or so the album stayed in my car, along with whatever that Oasis CD was...What's the Story, Morning Glory. And so I cruised through the rice fields and concrete viaducts of Fukui Prefecture, forlornly lost in a sea of pop-culture blandness. It was a desperate time. I even contemplated buying a Black Crowes CD. I listened to the Cranberries. Oh, wasted youth!
posted by KokuRyu at 10:23 PM on March 20, 2008


No, stavrosthewonderchicken for president!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:31 PM on March 20, 2008


LOL Funny!!

Now grow the fuck up.
posted by applemeat at 10:34 PM on March 20, 2008


Now grow the fuck up.

May I inquire as to the person to whom you are directing that statement? Because if it was aimed at me, well, I find myself inclined to suggest, against my better judgment mind you, that you might just consider kissing my big hairy butt.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:56 PM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I thought it was maybe my glibness re: those despicable Alive and Well people. If so, you can still kiss stavros' big hairy butt.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:59 PM on March 20, 2008


I like comments so vague that they could be a response to any other comment or the post itself.
posted by puke & cry at 11:03 PM on March 20, 2008


Bob Odenkirk once coined something he called The Dave Grohl Conundrum. It goes something like this:

Dave Grohl is the funniest person in Rock music.
Dave Grohl is not funny.
posted by basicchannel at 11:53 PM on March 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


dave grohl is an AIDS denier

At least he's not a Scientologist. Wait, is that worse? [reads article] Uh, yeah. disappointing.

For what it's worth, for all of Grohl's hardcore pedigree, Foo Fighters are an arena rock band in the grand tradition of Humble Pie, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, and so on. But "The Colour and the Shape" is nevertheless a very good power pop album.
posted by psmealey at 4:23 AM on March 21, 2008



I met Dave Grohl once. Nirvana were playing in OKC in December of 93. I had backstage passes, and passes for the meet and greet before the show.

Kurt didn't feel well and so was only there for a few minutes, but Dave and Krist hung out for quite a while. Dave and I talked about the music biz, and how they had just recorded some MTV special and took like three days and was total pain evidently. Dave also spoke about how bands get utterly raped by venues for everything. The venue in OKC for example had a line item charge for the toilet paper in the band's room, and it was something ridiculous like 10 bucks a roll or something.

Anyway, Dave and Krist signed my ticket stub "to DJ. Nevermind. love Dave and Krist". They were both really cool and it was one of my best backstage experiences ever. They were exceedingly down to earth, and it was probably the best concert I ever attended. They also played for like 3 and half hours, it was amazing.

That ticket stub was my most prized possession until I lost it in a fire in 96.

I saw Dave play at a Kerry rally in Madison in 04. It was a decent show, but Kerry was a douche, so I left after the foo fighters finished their set. But I was struck at how much our lives - Dave's and mine had changed over the intervening 11 years. It felt really strange to see him on that stage that day, and I felt really fucking old.

Anyway, it sort of upsets me to see that he's become something of an AIDS denier, especially as my wife works in AIDS research. Also, I don't like to listen to Nirvana much, since the early 90s were a particularly bad time for me, and as much as Dave's music meant to me then, I just don't like the feelings that listening to it evokes. I don't know if that's what my parents meant when they told me that I would "outgrow" my musical tastes, but maybe they did.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 5:56 AM on March 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


What, was the guy from Nickelback not available?
posted by fungible at 6:54 AM on March 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Dave Grohl for President!

No.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 7:01 AM on March 21, 2008


Grohl is a really funny-sounding word.

Grohl. Heh.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:11 AM on March 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Foo Fighters are an arena rock band in the grand tradition of Humble Pie, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, and so on

You say that as if it's a bad thing. I agree the The Colour and the Shape is a fantastic power pop album (really one of my favorites of all-time, although its timing is a big part of that), but what they've done since then--variations on the theme, but never quite the same--is really remarkable, given the state of music. What other really big bands from the 90s are still making new, relevant records?

That said, Dave has become a phenomenal performer. I saw the Foo Fighters play a show in maybe 1996 or 1997 at which he was just miserable. Barely singing, unable to really get through the material. Lately, he powers through, his voice is better than ever, and their acoustic show was one of the most electrifying concerts I've seen. He wants to connect with the crowd; he wants you to feel like this spectacle is about him, and the band, and you, and everyone around you. That's what a rock show should be.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:33 AM on March 21, 2008 [3 favorites]


You say that as if it's a bad thing

Nope, not at all. Just the opposite. I do think Colour and the Shape and Nothing Left to Lose represent him at his creative peak, and that everything since then has been-by-the-numbers rock (particularly this last one, where every song has the quiet intro and ratchets up steadily into the screaming chorus), but we should all be so fortunate to have such a peak.
posted by psmealey at 7:57 AM on March 21, 2008


What, was the guy from Nickelback not available?
posted by fungible at 6:54 AM on March 21 [1 favorite +] [!]


Eponysterical!
posted by Jpfed at 9:23 AM on March 21, 2008


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