Dave Grohl: 'Gangnam Style Is One Of My Favorite Songs'

The Foo Fighters frontman revealed many other surprising facts during his 50-minute keynote talk at SXSW yesterday.

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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.

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    Braykah
    Meanwhile, Dave Grohl is sitting at his computer, smiling like an evil genius and waiting for the immense shitstorm to be unleashed among his UG fans. Oh you, Dave, oh you.
    LightxGrenade
    Dave and Maynard from Tool, two guys who know exactly how to mess with your head Maynard: Hey Dave should I tell them the Tool album is coming out next week but then put it on hold and pretend I got hurt riding a unicycle? Dave: That'll be hilarious! I'm going to tell them I like Gangnam Style.
    paulohd2
    Tomorrow Dave will say that Nickelback is one his favourite bands and then, everyone here will suddenly begin to like Nickelback.
    TombOfHorror
    Being trolled by Dave Grohl...
    SleepFan
    More like Dave Troll
    noisewall11
    *Dave Trohl
    Vendettagainst
    I'm glad he's finally talking about NIRVANA. For a long time he wouldn't. Maybe playing with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, performing at the white house, etc, made him realize that he's a goddamned badass and he can say whatever the fuk he wants.
    xstatic44
    I hear ya. I think he finally just found an appropriate platform on which he could communicate the story. With Sound City closing it presented a good opportunity to really dive into the band's beginnings along with all of their influences. Being asked about Kurdt and the band in every interview he's ever done since 1994 probably hasn't catalyzed the process.
    wspeed6
    I don't think i agree. I like it but its not that good. At least he didn't say it was one of the best songs just one of his favorites.
    tvdinnerguy7
    It depends how you define good. Good can mean excellently produced and features incredibly talented musicians, or it can mean a fun song that people enjoy listening to. I personally like the song and think it is a good song. Judging something as good or not is all a matter of perspective.
    iammclovin
    I personally still enjoy it, but I have to agree. It's not even Psy's best song.
    Djonny
    I am a total Gangnam fan but never checked out any other Psy stuff. You genuinely saying there's better stuff?
    iammclovin
    I personally enjoy the song Right Now more and there's one called Shake. He also did the Korean Olympic anthem which was pretty wicked.
    dial-a-death
    Grohl also told the crowd that "Foo Fighters is the stupidest f--king name"
    Oh, at long last he admits it. I mean, the actual meaning is kinda cool, but the name itself is just bloody stupid. When I first heard someone tell me about them, I thought they said "Food Fighters".
    lithium_boy
    pretty sure he has said it before... like in the foo's documentry atleast.
    alexsouthey
    Agreed. He has said it multiple times throughout the history of the band
    Vendettagainst
    Then why would he pick something he thinks is stupid? Complete opposite of what Kurdt did.
    anguyen92
    Well, I think Grohl said in an interview with Conan that he wanted to name his project something random so that the public would not see that the former Nirvana drummer is going to be doing a project. Foo Fighters was probably the most random name Grohl thought about so that was that.
    takkky
    Because it started as a side project that he wanted to be separate.
    OBPVinny18
    Dude, he's been saying the name of the band is the stupidest name ever since they began
    dial-a-death
    To be honest, I don't really keep up with what Dave Grohl says. I read the news articles on here, and occasionally Dave has something interesting to say, because he's a decent guy and a good musician. Personally, I don't like the Foo Fighters, but I do like Dave Grohl. So yeah, I had no idea that he's said it before. And as Vendetta... pointed out, why would he pick something he thinks is stupid?
    eds1275
    I watched this speech live yesterday and I like how of all the things they could have taken out of context, Gangnam Style was what they came away with... I mean, come on.. that was barely even a passing remark. Shoddy writing in my opinion.
    xstatic44
    I was thinkin the same thing. Really too bad, it was a great narrative of his passion for music.
    BassFishin
    Honestly, I'm pissed off at whoever wrote this article. That speech was one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen as musician, Grohl or otherwise, and THIS is what they ****ing report on. Yeah, they kind of touched on a couple other parts of the speech, but still. Have some pride, UG.
    LeperDog
    Why does everything Dave Grohl say and do have to be so damn cool and hip? I mean seriously I respect the guy and his legacy but fanboys really need to stop sucking him off so much.
    Dimarzio45
    Yup. I respect the dude and all. But he really is the current most overrated musician of all time. He'll play a few Lars-style beats and fills, and strum some chords on his guitar and, "OH MY GOD! That was the most amazing f*cking thing I've ever heard!" statements appear. The dude is a solid player but, he's no super-musician.
    scarabs
    it's kind of lame that that was the quote you deemed most important from his whole speech which was awesome
    Lapidus
    Sigh...the usual UG crap, listen to DG'speech (and to Gangnam Style if you like it: "**** guilty pleasure")
    BassFishin
    I'm not the first to say it, but: are you ****ing serious? THIS is what they choose to headline with? Not the fact of how inspiring this speech was for musicians (practically all of my musician friends, even people who don't like Grohl, loved it), but rather a stupid joke he made that could shape the way people think of his opinions. damn it.
    Darth Wader
    I guess I was wrong when I said, "Gangnam Style is one of my favorite songs said no one ever." Well played, Dave Grohl, well played.
    EqualOfHeaven
    I've never really listened to this Gangnam style, but when I heard about it I was actually kind of pleased to hear about it. I mean it's kids music, let's face it, what adults say about it is irrelevant, it's not for us. What I was excited about was that fact that kids were going nuts for foreign music, that children were dancing to Korean pop music, I think it's amazing, an absolutely excellent show of cultural diversity. Also I quite like the name Foo Fighters I'm quite fascinated with the phenomenon they're named after, I think it's a cool name...
    iommi600
    inb4: "OMFG HE WENT FULL RETARD, I'LL NEVER LISTEN TO FOO AGAIN" "WHY DAVE WHY" "YES, I DO GET TO SAY WHAT MY IDOLS SHOULD LIKE OR NOT, THEY'RE NOT PEOPLE"
    iommi600
    Also... "He made the concession" "'Gangnam Style' is one of my favoutite songs" Proofreading is a bitch...
    Kueller917
    I loved Gangnam Style since the beginning. I can't help it. I just find it ridiculously fun and I like how it doesn't take itself seriously.
    CharlieManson
    This Fucker is so ****ing overrated, he can play drums quit well but he is an ordinary songwriter!!!!All his Foo Fighters stuff is so mean compared to Nirvana or Courtneys records!
    noisewall11
    haha, Foo Fighters being "mean" compared to Nirvana?? Is it March fools day?? !!!
    Kain Highwind
    Gangnam Style isn't relevant anymore Way to be behind the times Grohl
    beto-510
    If that's what tickles Grohl's pickle than good for him. I however don't really care for "Gangnam Style" by Psy. I'm not saying that it's bad music (because I'm not important enough in this world to make such decisions) but the music that I care for is music that is being created out of thin air with actual musical instruments that required time and dedication to master and perform live in front of an audience, and not something that you create once in a music studio and just push play for every performance after that. That's just me though, to each his own.
    QuantumInfinity
    That's because Gangnam Style is not a bad song at all and the lyrics do make a lot of sense if you look at Gangnam. And he's not your chizzled handsome guy, he's normal. And his dance is funny
    DexterF
    Couple years back when I still lived with my parents I was watching a Nirvana special, and my dad looked up from his newspaper and said "that guy's dead already, too, isn't he?" If my dad (who saw Queen live, so not exactly an alien on planet rock, but still) knows that, then Nirvana has to be the biggest band of all time. Gangnam style is catchy and clever, and the music mafia can try to copy it as much as they want, they will fail.
    crazyjay14
    really dave!! lucky kurts gone , if he wasn't he'd probably be b%!$tch slapping him for that remark
    GlyphGuy
    "...from the past decade"...thats what he thinks of the music in the past 10 years
    N7Crazy
    Meh, though I don't agree with him on that, he is still an awesome guy! Also, neither changes that he rocks like hell!
    guitarist5477
    It is a guilty pleasure which you can take it or leave it. I liked it for awhile, thought it was amusing. After the millionth time I just wanted to slam my head against the wall...for bad reasons.
    Guns N' Chains
    Maybe he is joking and messing with everyone. Kind of "tongue-in-cheek". But if he truly does enjoy it, to each his own.
    Ryan Domengeaux
    I don't think that, that should be the main point of the article. Maybe how he didn't think Nirvana would make it would be more appropriate. Because he could say his favorite artist is Katy Perry, King Diamond, Marina and the Diamonds (love her) or Frank Zappa. It doesn't really matter in the slightest. His opinions are his own and I don't think anyone should really care about his.
    themarvinbrown
    hahaha i always thought the song was cool. i was kinda hopin for a foo fighters rock cover of the song lol