Dave Grohl has described the moment he first heard Lorde’s ‘Royals’, saying she is different to all the other “stripper pop” he hears on the radio.
Earlier this month, the former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman invited the singer to join him and the other surviving members of Nirvana onstage to perform ‘All Apologies’ at their Rock And Roll Hall Of fame induction ceremony. St Vincent, Joan Jett and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon also performed.
Recalling the moment he first heard Lorde, Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone: “I was driving. My two daughters, Violet and Harper, who are eight and five years old, started singing along. I was so happy and relieved that my two girls were singing a popular song on the radio that had some substance and depth, which I considered to be healthy for them as kids. I know that sounds kind of parent-ish.”
He added: “When I first heard ‘Royals’ it was sandwiched between all of that other stripper pop,” he says. “I was so fucking relieved. I thought, ‘Hey, this might be another revolution.’ When I met her I said, ‘When I first heard your song on the radio and my kids sang along I felt like there was hope for my kids to grow up in an environment which is more than just superficial.'”
Speaking about bringing the singer onstage to perform with Nirvana, he added: “There’s something about her that represented or resembled the Nirvana aesthetic. She has an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist.”