Takin’ 5: The Nicest Guy In Rock

Another week, another five. This week, we’re going to be taking five with one of the most prolific performers in modern rock history – Dave Grohl. Yes, he of Scream, Nirvana, Late!, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Garbage, The Prodigy and Them Crooked Vultures fame. He’s been everywhere, man; and he’s got some awesome videos to prove it. Let’s take a look.

5. Queens of the Stone Age – No-one Knows

Arguably the rock song of 2002, Josh and Nick enlisted Grohl for the drums and Mark Lanegan for the second guitar on their third album, Songs for the Deaf, making it quite possibly the fucking coolest lineup of QOTSA ever. When he’s not going apeshit behind the kit and sporting a dashing goatee, he can also be seen in this video getting freaky with the other Queens and a particularly psycopathic deer. For those who’ve never seen, you have been warned.

4. Foo Fighters – Big Me

A nice laid-back tune from the 1995 debut, this was Grohl’s first post-Nirvana clip and it’s remained one of the most memorable moments in the Fooey’s extensive videography. The video is an extended satirical ad for Footos, an obvious pisstake of Mentos, and the band are obviously having a blast as they ham it up and flash their big, goofy grins. There’s not much more to this video than that, but it’s a treat to watch – not to mention gasp quietly at how freakin’ YOUNG Dave looks! Nice song, nice video – the nicest guy in rock begins his reign of non-terror!

3. Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to Nirvana vids, but I think this one is the one that’s stuck the most with me over the years. Cobain’s demented vision is brought to life by a Dutch director/photographer, Anton Corbijn. The thing I love most about this video is Corbijn’s attention to detail, and how well he worked with Cobain’s ideas and treatment for the video. It’s easily Nirvana’s darkest video, high on conceptuality and remarkable imagery – the kind of 90s video that stuck with its viewers long after the TV was turned off.  Grohl isn’t the centre of attention here, but him bashing the shit out of the drums reminds you just what a beast he is behind those skins.

2. Foo Fighters – Everlong

The defining Foo Fighers song and the defining Foo Fighters video. Double characters, multiple storylines, brilliant direction and the perfect mix of humour and action. I’ve spent so many late nights and early Saturday mornings watching this video everytime it came on and I’m still finding new things about it to enjoy everytime I do.

1. Foo Fighters – Low

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. It’s a mind full of questions, yours – what the hell is this song? How did it beat Everlong? And is that Jack Black?
The answers you seek: This is a track from One By One, the album that featured bigger hits such as All My Life and Times Like These. This was a promo single, to my knowledge. It beat Everlong because this is the most ridiculously hilarious video Grohl has ever starred in. Yes, even better than his turn as Satan, the gay pilot, the Foo Fighters fangirl and Davy Grolton. It’s not a popular choice by any stretch, but I can’t help it – Low is the lowest budget, but the highest level of enjoyment. Oh, and you bet your balls that’s Jack Black.

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