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Tag Archives: Dave Grohl

Gem of the Week: Foo Fighters “Big Me”

16 Apr

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Reflecting on the Foo Fighters clever music video for Big Me from their 1995 debut self titled album.

Their debut album was awesome and you can listen to it  from their official website www.foofighters.com.

I always liked Big Me not only because it’s a great song but the music video parodies Mentos candy mint ads. The video is funny and creatively done. For those that do not remember back in the 90s Mentos aired silly commercials that would depict someone in a bind who would then come up with an extraordinary solution after eating a mint.

Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl formed the Foo Fighters after the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994.

I remember the first song released was This is a Call. I heard  it on the radio and I loved it. Then I saw the first debut video for I’ll Stick Around which resembled the surreal style seen in videos from 80s pop band Devo.

After all these years Grohl has proved he is a talented rock icon transitioning from a drummer to guitarist and frontman.

The Foo Fighters have made some great videos over the years like (1997) Everlong and (1999) Learn to Fly. A couple great albums that are my favorites include: (1997) The Color and the Shape and (2005) In Your Honor.

I hope Grohl has continued success with the Foo Fighters. Below is the link for Big Me shared from Foo Fighters VEVO You Tube channel.

 

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Pop Culture Reflection: Remembering Nirvana

9 Apr

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Michael Stipe of R.E.M will induct grunge icons Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th.

Surviving Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic tweeted that he has been practicing and he tagged Nirvana in his tweet. This has raised curiosity with fans if Novoselic and drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will perform Nirvana songs together.

An article by Troy L Smith from Clevland.com even held a poll of who should sing with Nirvana with likely choices as Stipe, Grohl or even Paul McCartney.

Personally, I would love to see Stipe perform since R.E.M is my favorite band and Cobain and Stipe were friends.

Nirvana has left their mark in music history, releasing the epic Nevermind album in 1991 and introducing the birth of grunge with Smells Like Teen Spirit.

My love for Nirvana’s grunge sound crept up on me slowly with Lithium being the first song I liked. But it wasn’t until the In Utero album came out in 1993 that I truly got into them. The unforgettable music video for Heart-Shaped Box came out on MTV and I loved the song.

Heart-Shaped Box was so over played that I heard it at least four times a day between the radio and MTV but I still couldn’t get enough of it.

My brother who already was a Nirvana fan before me had the albums Incesticide and Nevermind.

I borrowed and would listen to those two albums for hours on my headphones. I thought Nevermind was a masterpiece and songs like Drain You, Come As You Are and Lithium were gold. Incesticide has inspiring gems too with catchy tracks like Molly’s Lips, Son of a Gun and Sliver.

I loved when Nirvana went on MTV Unplugged. It feels like yesterday that I watched what was then a highly anticipated performance as it generated so much buzz on MTV.

The MTV Unplugged performance was awesome from the songs Cobain covered to special guests The Meat Puppets. It was a memorable with Pennyroyal Tea, Dumb and Lake of Fire being my favorite songs from the set.

At the time Nirvana was becoming one of my favorite bands when Cobain shockingly committed suicide in 1994.

I was in Canada on a spring break trip with my family on April 8, 1994. I kept seeing clips of Nirvana’s music videos on a news channel at the hotel but it was in french so I didn’t realize what happened until the next evening when I was back home.

For that whole week I watched the news coverage on T.V. stunned and saddened as I watched Cobain’s  memorial.

I hope tomorrow’s induction ceremony will have surprises with performances and with Stipe on board i’m sure everything will be tasteful.

To pay tribute I linked a clip from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance from TheNirvanaConcerts You Tube channel.