The wisdom of Dave Grohl


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

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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

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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


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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

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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 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 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 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

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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

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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

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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.” (, 2000). Pic: PA Photos

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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