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The Silver Tongue Of Dave Grohl - 35 Best Quotes

Who doesn't love Dave Grohl? Here's 30 of the Foos man's most candid and provocative quotes.

  • "TV talent shows make everyone sound like fucking Christina Aguilera."

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • "It’s YOUR VOICE. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it and scream until it’s fucking gone because everyone is blessed with at least that, and who knows how long it will last."

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • "Foo Fighters is the stupidest fucking name."

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    Added: 30 Sep 2011

  • "Heavy Metal would not exist without Led Zeppelin, and if it did, it would suck."

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    Added: 14 Oct 2011

  • "How could you not want to do this? I get to sit around and talk about rock’n’roll all day, then go play music with my friends and laugh my arse off backstage, until it’s time to have a beer and get 80,000 people to sing with me. That’s not work!"

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    Added: 22 Sep 2011

  • “I'm so not macho. It's crazy. My man cave is so not a man cave.”

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    Added: 31 Aug 2012

  • "I can truly say out loud that 'Gangnam Style' is one of my favourite fucking songs of the past decade. Is it any better or worse than the latest Atoms for Peace album?"

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    Added: 04 Nov 2011

  • On Foo Fighters: "You have to understand, we're a really simple band. We think we suck and we try really hard to make good records and we practice. We don't feel like the biggest, best band in the world. We just feel like the same five dorks that were touring in a van 17 years ago, that hasn't changed."

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • "My diarrhoea once caused a riot in Japan. I had to retreat from a live performance because of 'technical difficulties'!"

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    Added: 24 Feb 2011

  • "I bought the first Metallica record the month it came out, I am a die-hard fan and you will have to pry their CDs from my cold dead hands."

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • "Barry Manilow is the coolest motherfucker in the world."

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    Added: 02 Nov 2011

  • On having fun with Nirvana: "There was this stuff that they used to clean the tape heads in the studio, and it was like pure alcohol and incredibly flammable. And so we started doing things like pouring it on someone's leg and lighting their leg on fire, or pouring it on someone's boot. I poured some on my head."

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    Added: 22 Sep 2011

  • "I quit doing drugs when I was 20. I never got into heroin, never did pills. I did a lot of acid, smoked a lot of weed, had a lot of fun."

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    Added: 13 Feb 2012

  • "There’s a band in a garage right now writing songs for an album that will do the same thing Nevermind did some 20 years ago. We don’t know who and where, but it will fucking happen again. All it takes is for that storm to break."

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    Added: 28 May 2012

  • "I don't want to say that most rock bands live these formulaic biography existences - but they kinda do. There's always a divorce. There's always an OD. There's always a bad business manager. That story has been told a thousand times."

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    Added: 06 Sep 2011

  • On family life: "What would Lenny Kravitz say if he knew I was turning up to a show like this in a rented van, with my kids?"

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    Added: 06 May 2011

  • "When I meet young musicians and they fuck themselves up because they've read too many rock'n'roll biographies, it makes me a little sad. There's other ways of doing it - you don't have to get strung out on heroin to write a good song."

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    Added: 10 Sep 2013

  • On his childhood: "I never needed much, and I never thought I'd get more than what I had. A trip to Burger King was the biggest thing in the world to me. Heaven."

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    Added: 26 Aug 2012

  • "We [Nirvana] were real and visceral, fucked-up and ugly. That was what people were craving. And that will never go away."

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    Added: 02 Sep 2011

  • On his first trip to the UK: "I didn't realise it [tea] had caffeine in it. After seven cups I thought I was going to have a heart attack."

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • His views on talent shows: "I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. That's what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad."

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    Added: 24 Feb 2011

  • "The late '80s was full of over-produced pop that kids had nothing to grab hold of. You had a bunch of formulaic pop songstress bullshit, and music was boring."

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • "I don't believe in guilty pleasures, you know. I believe you should be able to like what you like, if you like a fucking Ke$ha song, listen to fucking Ke$ha."

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    Added: 20 Jan 2012

  • "I love everything about my job, except being away from the kids. The day I was leaving, my daughter said, 'Daddy, I want you to wear this [points to ring]. And every time you miss me, look at this ring and just know that I love you so much'. She's not even five! I was blown away."

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • "I'm not allergic to fashion. I'm just one of those people who when they put on a suit look like they're going to a funeral or to court."

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • On the last thing he said to Kurt Cobain: "I called Kurt after Rome. [In March, 1994, during a European tour, Cobain overdosed on pills and alcohol in a hotel in Rome. Nirvana returned to Seattle, where Cobain died a month later.] I said, 'Hey, man, that really scared everybody. And I don't want you to die'."

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    Added: 12 Jun 2011

  • On kicking a fan out at the iTunes Festival show in 2011: "You don't fucking fight at my show you asshole. Let me see him, who's fighting right now? It's that guy in the striped shirt. Hey motherfucker look at me, get the fuck out of my show right now."

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    Added: 07 Jan 2011

  • "I once received a cape [from a fan] that was made from the little purple bags that Crown Royal Whisky comes in. I know! I used to wear it but I don't anymore."

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • “When Kurt died I was lost. I was numb. The music I had devoted my life to had now betrayed me. I had no voice. I turned off the radio. I put away my drums. I couldn’t bear to hear someone else’s voice singing about pain, or joy.”

    Photo: Hamish Brown/NME

    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • "I don't think there's anything wrong with rock at all. It's overlooked. And right now, the current musical climate is not unlike it was back in 1991, right before Nirvana got popular."

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • His idea for Justin Bieber’s next album cover: "It's Justin in a tuxedo, sitting at a McDonald's and it's just called 'Eating Out'."

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    Added: 30 Sep 2011

  • On why making a documentary about Sound City is most important to him: "People say, ‘Well wait a minute you were in Nirvana and you sold a billion records.’ Well f***king who cares how many records I sold?"

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    Added: 11 Apr 2011

  • "I mean, I never liked being told what to do. It’s one of the reasons I dropped out of school. Give me something to assemble, I won’t look at the directions, I’ll try to figure it out by myself. It’s why I love Ikea furniture."

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    Added: 10 Sep 2013

  • "Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do. It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."

    Photo: Hamish Brown/NME

    Added: 07 Jan 2011