Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that his drumming on Nirvana‘s Nevermind album was heavily influenced by drummers from the disco and early ’80s funk era.
As part of an interview with Pharrell Williams on Grohl’s new Paramount+ series “From Cradle to Stage,” Grohl discussed his inspiration by disco drummers from The Gap Band, Cameo, Chic and more.
“I can’t read music. I couldn’t then, and I still can’t now,” Grohl told Williams. “All I wanted to do was be in a line of drummers all playing drums.”
“Stop saying that I’m a good drummer because I’m the most basic f—ing drummer,” he added when complimented by the N.E.R.D. frontman. “If you listen to ‘Nevermind,’ the Nirvana record, I pulled so much stuff from The Gap Band and Cameo and Tony Thompson [Chic] on every one of those songs. It’s all disco, that’s all it is. Nobody makes the connection.”
“From Cradle to Stage” is a six-part series based on a book published by Grohl’s mother Virginia Hanlon Grohl in 2017. The docu-series tells stories of the relationship between successful rock stars and their moms. Each episode features a famous performer and his or her mother.
The musician-and-mother guests set to appear on the series are Imagine Dragons‘ Dan Reynolds and Christine Reynolds, Pharrell and Dr. Carolyn Williams, Miranda and Bev Lambert, Brandi and Teresa Carlile, Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello and Mary Morello, plus Rush‘s Geddy Lee and Mary Weinrib.
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