Dave Grohl has admitted that "Gangnam Style" by Psy is one of his favorite songs from the past decade.
He made the concession during a 50-minute keynote speech at SXSW in Texas yesterday, where he discussed his musical career and inspirations.
"I can truthfully say out loud that 'Gangnam Style' is one of my favoutite songs of the past decade," he told a packed-out audience.
Grohl also told the crowd that "Foo Fighters is the stupidest f--king name
" and that Kurt Cobain
once told industry figures that Nirvana
wanted to be the biggest band in the world. "I laughed, I thought he was f--king kidding,
" said Grohl. "How Kurt even thought we could make a ripple in this mainstream world of polished pop music was beyond me.
Discussing the Sound City studio where many renown acts including Nirvana recorded classic albums, Grohl said their recording session there was "the sound of three people playing like their life depended on it." The label initially pressed only 35,000 copies of "Nevermind", but soon they were selling more than 300,000 per week, which Grohl described as a ripple becoming a tidal wave.
There was an emotional moment when he recalled his reaction to Kurt Cobain's suicide: "When Kurt died I was lost, I was numb. The music I had devoted my life to had now betrayed me. I turned off the radio, I put away my drums."
What do you make of "Gangnam Style", Psy's global YouTube hit? Let us know in the comments if it's as good as Grohl says.