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Dave Grohl Reveals The Surprising Inspiration Behind Nirvana's Iconic Drum Beats
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Dave Grohl Reveals The Surprising Inspiration Behind Nirvana's Iconic Drum Beats


Rock fans should reconsider the phrase "Disco sucks."

In a clip from the Paramount+ series "From Cradle to Stage," Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl talks with beatmaster Pharrell Williams about the truly mind-blowing inspiration behind some of rock history's most iconic drum beats.

In the video, the former Nirvana member tells Williams that he wanted to be in a drumline in school but couldn't read music — and admits that he still can't. Williams recalls being a decent drummer, "but not at your level," he tells Grohl.

"I'm the most basic fucking drummer," Grohl insists.

He then casually drops some juicy information about the beats he used on Nirvana's seminal 1991 album "Nevermind."

“If you listen to Nevermind... I drew so much from the Gap Band, Cameo, and Tony Thompson [of the band Chic] on every one of those songs,” Grohl says.

"All that... that's old disco!" he continues.

“Wow!” exclaims Pharrell, clearly surprised.

The clip contrasts Nirvana's grunge anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with the Gap Band's classic 1982 hit "You Dropped a Bomb on Me."

“That’s all there is to it!” Grohl assures a stunned Williams, “nobody makes the connection.”

According to the BBC, the Foo Fighters' next album will be a cover of BeeGees songs, as the band will release an LP of 1970s disco classics "Night Fever," "Tragedy," "You Should Be Dancing," and "More Than a Woman" under the name "Dee Gees," a nod to Grohl's initials.

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