Foo Fighters leader and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is usually of exquisite taste. That said, even a great man like the nicest guy in rock ‘n’ roll has some proverbial skeletons in his record collection that he’d rather people not know that he secretly jams out to in his spare time.
Grohl has spoken on two occasions about his love for one song, a number which is a true so-called ‘guilty pleasure’. Undoubtedly, many fans of Nirvana or Foo Fighters reading this article will be ready to throw their copies of Nevermind and The Colour In The Shape straight into the bin in disgust after reading what the kind of music that Dave would rather be making, if only he had the musical capabilities or found the bandmates willing to help him form the Spice Grohls.
Yes, that’s right, Dave Grohl is a massive fan of 1990s British girl band the Spice Girls and there is one song in particular that the Foo’s frontman can’t get enough of. When asked by Kerrang at some point in the mid-2000s, the rock God didn’t hesitate before offering his guilty pleasure, “‘Two Become One’ by The Spice Girls. I couldn’t get this song out of my head. It’s not even a dance song—it’s this slow-jam pop-ballad shit. Lord, I just love it and I don’t know what to do. Do you think I need a shrink?” he then jokingly asked.
Around the same time, Grohl must have had this song on repeat because during a quick-fire Q&A with Stuff Magazine they asked the former Nirvana man to “name a cheesy song you’d love to cover, but it would just be too embarrassing?” which is a roundabout way of getting him to disclose his guilty pleasure and they secured the very same answer as Kerrang did.
“’2 Become 1′ by the Spice Girls. I just pulled that off the top of my head. That’s amazing! I can’t believe that came out of my mouth,” he said, before breaking into song: “’When two become one…’ I might have to do an acoustic version,” Grohl half-jokingly responded.
In 2015 however, Grohl seemed to have changed his tune on the topic of guilty pleasures and no longer feels ashamed of liking music that a man of his age in one of the biggest rock band’s in the world is expected to like. “I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it,” Grohl emphatically stated.
“That’s what’s wrong with our generation: that residual punk rock guilt, like, ‘You’re not supposed to like that. That’s not fucking cool’. Don’t fucking think it’s not cool to like Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’. It is cool to like Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’! Why the fuck not? Fuck you! That’s who I am, goddamn it! That whole guilty pleasure thing is full of fucking shit.”
“Fuck guilty pleasure!'” he said in his 2013 keynote speech at SXSW. “What about just pleasure? I can honestly say that ‘Gangnam Style’ is one of my favourite songs of the last 10 years,” he proudly added.
Grohl also plucked up the courage to deliver an impromptu 17-second cover of the Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’ which surfaced on YouTube in 2008 and if you’ve ever wondered what a mash-up of Foo Fighters and Britain’s biggest girl group of all time would sound like, then you’re in luck.