In a Red Bull interview, Dave Grohl was asked about having women sing for Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years ago, and he said that Cobain being a ‘feminist’ influenced the idea of women being the right choice to front Nirvana. Below are excerpts from the interview.
Why did you have only female singers for your performance at the ceremony?
Because Kurt [Cobain] was a feminist. And someone suggested Joan Jett. I mean, Joan Jett, she’s the first lady of rock ’n’ roll. She’s the one. Then it was like: “What about Kim Gordon?” She and Kurt were great friends, they loved each other and Sonic Youth were our heroes. “Yeah, let’s get Kim.”
And you had Lorde from New Zealand.
She was my idea. Her song “Royals” is its own little revolution in the sea of bullshit.
Is making music the analog way becoming a lost art?
I hope I don’t sound like a boring old fart here, but let’s be honest: It never hurt nobody to practice your instrument, to develop an ear for rhythm and melody.
So what do you think of EDM?
What the heck are you talking about? Don’t speak in riddles, man!
Electronic dance music. Skrillex, Deadmau5, etc.
That’s what that is called? It’s simply not my kind of music. What’s more, it’s nothing new. Artists like Suicide or Atari Teenage Riot have been doing it for decades and are still doing it way better.