Nirvana’s Nevermind might be one of the most iconic grunge albums of all time, but Dave Grohl was apparently grabbing inspiration from a different genre entirely when he was recording the drum parts.
During an interview with Pharrell Williams on Grohl and his mum’s Cradle to Stage docuseries, the rockstar confessed he ripped off those beats from disco drummers (and subsequently blew Pharrell’s mind).
“If you listen to Nevermind, the Nirvana record, I pulled so much stuff from The Gap Band and Cameo and Tony Thompson [Chic] on every one of those songs. It’s all disco, that’s all it is,” he divulged.
Super dope. Respect to artists that give their inspirations a shout. Pharrell is really big on that so it’s dope that he got the exclusive. lol pic.twitter.com/3N3POZ9Sg2
— Factions2BetaTester (@CR00K__Gaming) June 30, 2021
After a stunned Pharrell couldn’t believe he’d never put those pieces together, Grohl assured him he wasn’t alone.
“Nobody makes the connection,” he admitted.
That is, except for Thompson. “He came to my house for a barbecue with somebody,” Grohl recalled.
“I was like, ‘Man, I just want to thank you because I owe you so much I’ve been ripping you off my whole life.’ He goes, ‘I know.’”
All of a sudden Foo Fighters’ covering the Bee Gees makes way more sense….