Archive for October, 2009

October-29-2009
Filed Under (Acoustic Originals)

Speaking of Nirvana, here they are performing an acoustic version of On a Plain as part of what became one of the legendary shows in rock history, MTV Unplugged in New York. It had been a while since I listened to much Nirvana, and I must say, I had either forgotten or never quite registered just how brilliant Kurt Cobain was as a songwriter. His reinventions of other people’s tunes are pretty great too – Lake of Fire, for example, performed with its authors the Meat Puppets, is, um, better than the original. To say the least.

Check out the turtlenecked and pony-tailed 24-year old Dave Grohl drumming and singing backup. By this time he had already written some of the songs millions would come to know and love following the founding of Foo Fighters in 1995.


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October-7-2009
Filed Under (Acoustic Originals)

Back when Dave Grohl hid himself nightly behind a drum set on Kurt Cobain’s stage, he would bring his guitar on the road and write songs when he had down time. He only shared them with a select few, though, and never with the band. “I was in awe of Kurt’s songs,” he later said. “And intimidated. I felt it was best that I keep my songs to myself.” He wrote My Hero long after Nirvana’s demise, and contrary to popular belief has never given any indication that he wrote the song for Cobain. Still, a number of intriguing what-ifs are raised by the image of drummer-Grohl quietly writing music as Kurt goofs around with Courtney Love in the next room.


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