Dave Grohl Recalls The Time Kurt Cobain Kissed Him
Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told Vulture in an interview that Kurt Cobain congratulated him for his first solo project by kissing him.
As you know, Dave Grohl became a prominent member of the rock scene as the drummer of Nirvana and the founder of Foo Fighters. Besides, the musician also embarked on several side projects, such as his band Late! and Probot. However, these projects were rather short-lived, and they did not bring him remarkable success.
Under the pseudonym Late!, Dave Grohl released a cassette album titled ‘Pocketwatch’ in 1992. He started working on the album in the summer of 1991, but the recording also included six songs from previous sessions. Following the release of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind,’ this album attracted attention as well. Moreover, ‘Pocketwatch’ also marked Grohl’s very first solo effort.
In an interview with Vulture, the interviewer, Craig Jenkins, asked Dave Grohl about the ‘Pocketwatch’ tape and the time he realized Cobain was aware of his side projects. As a response, the musician said that they knew he was recording the album by himself. Following that, he stated that he knew his role in Nirvana, and he didn’t share these songs with them for that reason.
Dave Grohl then revealed that he played the songs for Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. The musician also said he continued making new music and recorded the songs ‘Floaty’ and ‘Alone + Easy Target.’ According to Grohl, Cobain kissed him when he heard the song ‘Alone + Easy Target’ and highly flattered.
Dave Grohl told Vulture about his ‘Pocketwatch’ album that:
“When I first joined the band, I played them some things I had recorded in Virginia in between Scream tours. So they knew I recorded things by myself, but they were these little sonic experiments. I was just smoking weed, and I didn’t have anything else to do.
It goes back to the famous old joke: What’s the last thing the drummer said before he got kicked out of the band? ‘Guys, I have some songs I think we should play!’ Recognizing Kurt’s brilliance as a songwriter, I wasn’t going to try to squeeze in there. I was like, I know what my role in this band is, I need to pound my drums and push these songs out into an audience like a steamroller.”
He went on to say:
“I had a cassette, and I played them for Kurt and bassist Krist Novoselic in the van one day. Then I went back to Virginia at some point and recorded some more shit with my friend Barrett Jones on his 8-track. My friend Jenny Toomey had a label. She heard one of the songs and said, ‘I’m doing a compilation. Do you want to put a song on there?’ I did. And then I started trying to write songs.
Before, they were just these fucking crazy punk-rock experiments. I recorded the songs’ Floaty’ and ‘Alone + Easy Target.’ I was proud of them. I remember playing ‘Alone + Easy Target’ for Kurt. He kissed me. In no way did I think, like, Okay, this is going to be on the next Nirvana record. I was flattered and heartened. Kurt acknowledged me as someone who could write a song.”
Dave Grohl worked on this solo effort at the same time he joined Nirvana. Therefore, following the success and fame brought to them by ‘Nevermind’ and Kurt Cobain’s talented songwriting, it is no surprise that he felt honored after being acknowledged by the iconic frontman.