To celebrate him being crowned as the Shockwaves NME Awards’ Godlike Genius 2011, we’re looking back at Dave Grohl’s best quotes. Here he is on the afterlife: “I’d like to imagine I won’t end up in hell, but I think I’ve done too much acid and listened to too much death metal to sit on a cloud next to God with angels floating above my head.” (Maxim, 2007) Pic: Sebastian Artz
On his TV habits: “I’m in love with the Bravo channel. I dig a lot of the metrosexual shows: ‘Top Chef’, ‘Project Runway’. I do a little ‘America’s Next Top Model’ every now and then, but that’s just the womanizer in me. I like to see those girls strut.” (Maxim, December 2007). Pic: PA Photos
On women: “Women don’t look at me like I’m Fabio; they look at me like I’m Duckie from ‘Pretty In Pink’.” (Maxim, December 2007) Pic: PA Photos
On death: “My fantasy is that I’ll die under a massive concrete slab with razor blades sticking out of it. It would kill me instantly and rip me to pieces. A lot of cleanup, but only a little pain.” (Maxim, December 2007). Pic: PA Photos
On LSD: “I took a couple of hits of acid on a boat from England to Belgium once, and I wound up running in circles for three hours, hallucinating that tiny dinosaurs were chewing everybody’s ankles. That was fucked up. I didn’t come down for 12 hours.” (Maxim, December 2007) Pic: Guy Eppel
On drummers: “What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band? ‘Hey guys, why don’t we try one of my songs?’” (Q, 1995). Pic: PA Photos
On drummers (again): ‘“How can you tell a drummer’s at the door? He doesn’t know when to come in.” (Q, 1995). Pic: Tom Oxley
On his short attention span: “I’m like a hyperactive child. I’m a big fucking spaz. It’s tough to go to sleep at night, and I wake up after five hours because I feel like I’m wasting time. I just sit up at night and think about what I can do next. Next!” (SPIN, June 2005).
On tattoos: “Tattoos all represent their own moment in time, and the sentiment and the phase you’re going through when you get them are more significant than the design. I recently got a little black heart tattooed on my middle finger.” (Select, 1997). Pic: Guy Eppel
On his festival survival kit: “Two or three film canisters filled with high-quality cannabis, two bottles of water, a tape recorder to make bootlegs, an anti-diuretic, a little bit of money to get some chips, and sun-tan lotion – I wouldn’t bother with that if I was in England. Toilet paper maybe. It’s a little like entering a disaster area.” (Select, 1997). Pic: Sebastian Artz
On which lyric he wishes he had written: “ ‘Do do do/ Do do do do,’ Third Eye Blind, ‘Semi-Charmed Life’.” (SPIN, 1997). Pic: PA Photos
On being boring: “I’m kind of an old fuddy-dud. I quit smoking pot eight years ago. I’ve never done coke, I’ve never done heroin or speed. I drink every three-and-a-half weeks. I’ve never been to the Ministry Of Sound, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it is.” (NME, 1997). Pic: Tom Oxley
On London: “You know how I swing when I come to London? Bangers and beans goddammit! I swear to God, on my life, that is my favourite meal in the world. I could eat it seven times a day for the rest of my life. I’m not joking – everything else is shit.” (NME, 1997).
On tour riders: “I have friends who work at clubs, and they keep the riders that bands send and tack them on the fuckin’ wall so I see the most ridiculous riders – fifteen boxes of Kleenex, a box of rubbers, some clean white socks, some underwear. Buy your own fucking socks, man!” (Metal Hammer, 1998). Pic: Danny North
On divorcing his first wife, Jennifer Youngblood: “I was 25, my wife was even younger. We weren’t ready to get married. I miss her a tonne, she’s the funniest goddamn weirdo you ever met in your life. Absolutely adorable. It would have been better had we not got married. But you live and you learn.” (Melody Maker, 1999). Pic: PA Photos
On bad habits: “Gee I don’t know. Burping onstage? That’s a good thing! Burping onstage usually generates more applause than our fucking music.” (Melody Maker, 1999). Pic: PA Photos
On his nicknames: “My parents were going to call me Hans, so at school everybody called me Hans Grohlo. These days everyone calls me Disco.” (Select, 1999). Pic: PA Photos
On his first tattoo: “I did it myself. It was supposed to be a band logo (Black Flag) but I never finished it. I wanted to remove it after a month because it was ugly and I looked like a convict.” (FHM, 2000) Pic: PA Photos
On his appearance: “I think I have bland features which don’t really stand out at all. I don’t think I’m ugly, I just look normal. I don’t think about it that often.” (Melody Maker, 2000). Pic: PA Photos
On Americans: “I think Americans tend to beat the shit out of each other and rape people and stuff, where everywhere else people dance and have fun.” (Melody Maker, 2000). Pic: PA Photos
On weird fans: “Just the other day someone threw a bra duct-taped to a tennis ball. I just stood there, playing guitar, thinking how this was totally premeditated. Some girl sat around inventing a way to get her bra onstage from 40 rows back.” (Melody Maker, 2000).
On his personality: “Nervous. I’m kind of a weirdo socially. I’m kind of a loner too, but I do enjoy people’s company. I may be sociable but not social.” (Kerrang!, 2000). Pic: PA Photos
On plastic surgery: “I’d get my nostrils tightened, because they are a little large. I’ve had a complex about them since I was 12, and Bobby St Francis, my sister’s friend, said he could see my brain through my nostrils.” (Music365.com, 2000). Pic: PA Photos
On his party-trick: “I can speak with a whistle. It’s hard to explain, but I can speak without using my voice. I can speak while whistling. I’ve never seen anyone else do it.” (Q, 2003). Pic: PA Photos
On drugs and music: “Musicians are all about escapism. The best musicians are dreamers. When I was a teenager I was really into weed, and I fucking loved acid. It gave me license to go insane for eight hours.” (Playboy, 2003).
On his stalker: “Six months ago there was some lunatic who wanted to fly out to LA with a knife. She had a map of my house and said she was going to kill me, then herself. The FBI locked her up. I was like, ‘What? I didn’t fuck her, did I?’” (FHM, 2005). Pic: PA Photos
On happiness: “A decent breakfast, a nice swim, a cold beer and good company. These are the things that make me happy.” (The Observer, 2007). Pic: PA Photos
On his pet peeve: “I hate audible chewing. Not so much jaws clicking but the sound of food being processed by your teeth and tongue. That makes me want to punch a wall. I can’t stand it.” (The Observer, 2007). Pic: PA Photos
On porn: “Japanese hotel porn is creepy because it doesn’t look like anyone is enjoying what they’re doing. They make it seem like crime, and I’m not into that.” (The Observer, 2007). Pic: PA Photos
On heavy metal: “Are the Foo Fighters heavy metal? No, we’re a fucking rock band, just like Nirvana were a rock band. When I think of heavy metal, I think of Poison, Dokken and Motley Crue – really shit bands.” (Kerrang!, December 1997). Pic: Danny North