When Dave Grohl Directed The Music Video Of Soundgarden’s No. 1 Hit
As you know, the ’90s marked the birth of one of the most influential genres in rock history, grunge. Grunge emerged from Seattle and it changed the rock scene and contributed immensely to the development of rock music. While many have been arguing over the best grunge band, fans know that this wasn’t the case between the bands and their members.
Throughout the years, members of Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam have said that although the media tried to portray the relationship between the bands fueled with rivalry, that this wasn’t actually the case. The fact that former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl directed one of Soundgarden’s music videos shows that there was a long-lasting friendship between the musicians.
Were Dave Grohl And Chris Cornell Friends?
As you know, the whole rock world mourned the passing of the legendary vocalist and songwriter Chris Cornell on May 18, 2017. The 52 years old musician had been battling depression for a long time and decided to take away his life following a successful performance at Fox Theatre. They were close friends with Dave Grohl and had the chance to work and hang out together on multiple occasions.
Some months after his passing, Dave Grohl had revealed that he was devastated upon hearing the news and that they were supposed to get on stage together on October 7, 2017, at the festival Cal Jam 17. During the interview, Grohl had said ‘that one hurt‘ and had described his friend as a ‘really sweet guy’ who was ‘full of life and he had so much to offer.’
Dave Grohl paid tribute to his friend and fellow musician during an interview with the Rolling Stone using the following words:
“He was a really sweet guy. Full of life and he had so much to offer. That one hurt. Over the years you sort of count your blessings that you survived, and when you see another one go down…
I felt for his family and I felt for his band, you know? Because that’s a long road, man… Every time it happens, the same feeling comes up. It’s shocking and confusing and I just don’t get it. You get into this with a love of music and sharing it with people, and you hope everybody feels the same way. I know it’s more complicated than that… but, fuck. It just sucks.”
Did Dave Grohl Direct One Of Soundgarden’s Music Videos?
Approximately five years before Chris Cornell’s passing, they collaborated with Dave Grohl in the making of Soundgarden’s ‘By Crooked Steps‘ music video. Aside from his career as a musician, Grohl is also known for his filmmaking skills. He started with directing some of the Foo Fighters music videos, such as ‘Monkey Wrench,’ ‘All My Life,’ ‘Rope,’ and many more.
In 2013, Grohl made his feature-length directorial debut and produced and directed the documentary ‘Sound City.’ Following that, he directed an eight-part documentary series that chronicled the making of the Foo Fighters’ eight studio album ‘Sonic Highways.’ It seems like his work was appreciated by Soundgarden as they hired him to create a music video for ‘By Crooked Steps.’
Dave Grohl came up with the idea of portraying Soundgarden members as a motorcycle gang that rides Segways, which takes over the stage after shutting off an electronic music DJ’s laptop. After the police busts the band, they flee and get back on their motorcycles and the video ends with them getting arrested. The video was highly praised by both the band members and their fans and it premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 27, 2012, and ranked No. 1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.
You can watch ‘By Crooked Steps‘ below.