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When Dave Grohl played Kurt Cobain the first Foo Fighters' demos

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Dave Grohl is one of only a few people who can boast of being in two highly influential and hugely successful rock bands without so much as missing a beat. The former Nirvana drummer has always had music in his soul, but Grohl’s leap to the front of the stage was still a little unexpected for lamens. Now, as the current singer and guitarist for the Foo Fighters, it’s clear the “nicest man in rock” was always keen on writing new music after the fall of Cobain and the band, even when he was riding the generation-defining wave of grunge.

Back in 1992, Grohl took himself to the studio and recorded a set of demos assigned for an anonymous side project. Presumably pleased with some of his work, the drummer even played them to Kurt Cobain and received an unorthodox reaction. Later, those very same demos would be polished up and eventually make it on to the Foo Fighter’s first EP, signalling Grohl as a songwriter in his own right.

Dave Grohl has always been a musical guy. Starting out in his very own punk band, the singer went on to be the drummer for one of the most influential rock bands of all time in Nirvana. There’s no doubt that working alongside Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic would have influenced the young artist, and it appears Grohl even shared his first recordings with Cobain.

Recorded back in 1992 and now officially known as Nirvana: Dave’s Demotapes, the collection of recordings was conducted by Grohl with a view to start up an anonymous side-project. But the Nirvana singer caught wind of the news and was keen to hear what Grohl had begun to write. Within some more fractured outfits, the lead singer may have taken offence to this encroachment. Cobain’s reaction to the music was priceless.

“Kurt heard that, and kissed me on the face, as he was in a bath,” Grohl revealed when speaking of the candid moment. “He was so excited. He was like, ‘I heard you recorded some stuff with Barrett [Jones].’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He was like, ‘Let me hear it.’ I was too afraid to be in the same room as he listened to it.”

It was enough encouragement to keep Grohl interested in songwriting and pursuing his true calling. It even saw the grunge overlords consider making a few of them into full-blooded Nirvana songs. Sadly, Cobain’s sudden and tragic death would put an end to all things Nirvana. But when the dust settled, Grohl began writing and refining his songs.

The songs like ‘Alone + Easy Target’, ‘Big Me’, and ‘Exhausted’, all of which you can find below, would eventually end up as part of the Foo Fighter’s debut EP and begin one of the most lucrative rock and roll careers of all time.