Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl appears on Sunday’s episode of The Alligator Hour on Apple Music’s Beats 1 with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, and he compared legendary The Smiths icon Morrissey to Billie Eilish, a comparison that could anger the very opinionated Moz! Grohl has been in the news recently, as a photo was recently uploaded of him looking great shirtless!
Dave Grohl: It’s funny. I tried turning my kids onto tons of stuff and it worked. Violet has already kind of been through her Bowie phase. She’s kind of already done it all. But now I find that they turn me onto stuff. So like most of the stuff that I’m going to play today are songs that I love because I hear them coming out of my daughter’s room.
Joshua Homme: You actually turned me onto Billie Eilish but because Violet was listening.
Dave Grohl: Yeah, we did this benefit thing. That one was an Autism Speaks benefit. And anyway, so when I get to get asked to do those things, I ask if I could do a couple songs with my daughter as well. She’ll come up and sing and I’ll play guitar.
Joshua Homme: When she did the Adele one, I got to say that was a tearjerker.
Dave Grohl: The Adele one was a big one. Well, that’s kind of our go to because I know we both know it really well, that song.
Joshua Homme: Yeah, but she just I mean… Forget what you did. She killed it.
Dave Grohl: Well, that’s the thing is when she gets up on stage and sits down people are like, “Oh, that’s so nice. It’s a kid and she’s going to sing.” And then when the sounds starts coming out of her mouth you’re just like, “Oh, my God.” She could really, really, really sing.
Joshua Homme: She was belting, yeah.
Dave Grohl: And not only does she have great pitch and great tone but when she sings she really sings like from her gut. It’s great. Anyway, so we were doing this benefit and I said, “Do you want to do the Adele song?” She said, “Yeah, but I want you to learn this song.” She gave me a copy of this Billie Eilish song called I Don’t Want to Be You anymore. And I listened to it and the song is so beautiful. It’s heavy. The lyrics are dark and it’s super heavy. Beautiful. And I said, “Who is this?” And she said, “Billie Eilish.” I said, “What’s her deal?” This is maybe like a year ago maybe.
I think she had released a bunch of songs or maybe EPs before but her LP, her album just came out not too long ago. But anyway, so then we went to go see her play and then we got to meet her and her family. And her family’s awesome. And they took Violet in because they understood her connection with Billie’s music. And that was the thing when we went to go see Billie Eilish at The Wiltern it honestly it was you felt like you were a part of something that was just about to just explode. It’s the connection she has with her audience. She’s like Morrissey. It’s like the kids who are there at the show, and not just kids, the people that are there are just like they are so into the scene like that world.
Joshua Homme: Yeah, something is starting.
They later discussed Rihanna.
Dave Grohl: So Violet will turn me onto… or all of a sudden I’ll hear Johnny Mathis coming out of the bedroom.
Joshua Homme: Ooh, actually I love Johnny Mathis.
Dave Grohl: Oh, yeah, so does Violet. She listens to Johnny Mathis all the time. Or then she’ll play me a Rihanna song I’ve never heard before, and then it gets stuck in my head and I can’t get it out. She’s basically curating my entire music collection now. So, yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Let’s play the Rihanna song because this song, I love the production, I love the beat, I love her voice. SZA’s on it, too. It’s called Consideration. And it’s a really simple song, it’s just got this beautiful melody that just kind of winds around the beat and the loop, whatever it is. I mean, there’s that drummer part of me-
Joshua Homme: Yeah, that small part of you.
Dave Grohl: … one of the things, especially in modern music… The one thing
I bum out with a lot of music is once a beat becomes popular-
Joshua Homme: Everyone’s got to dry hump it into the ground.
Dave Grohl: Yeah. So now most popular music is all this one beat, and it’s driving me nuts. I try to find things that don’t have that same beat, and this doesn’t.