Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana members revisit 'oldies'
Dave Grohl has spoken of the time he, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and live second guitarist Pat Smear played ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ for the first time in 17 years.
“Krist is on bass, Pat‘s on guitar. I’m on drums,” Grohl explains. “Krist says, ‘You wanna run through some oldies?’ Me and Pat look at each other. I mean, that’s something I’ve never considered before. I was like ‘OK.’
“Krist says, ‘Fuck it, let’s do ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. And Pat starts playing and we kick into it. I haven’t played that drumbeat in 17 years.”
He concluded, “It was like… a ghost. It was heavy.”
The studio manager was the only other person to hear the rendition, on which nobody sang.
The seminal album was originally released on September 24, 1991.