Posts Tagged ‘dave grohl


“In Utero” 20th Anniversary Reissue Looks Amazing

Nirvana-In-Utero-box-set-detailsAwhile back I took the brave step of admitting that, over 20 years later I’m still pretty obsessed with Kurt Cobain when I posted a series of rare pics of the man that have recently surfaced.

When you think about it, Nirvana were a pretty phenomenal band considering they were only around for about seven years (‘87 – ‘94) and only really exploded onto the scene with Nevermind in ‘91.

They released three studio albums in total, the third of which, In Utero, is about to be re-released in celebration of it’s 20th anniversary. Can you believe it’s been 20 goddamn years since it was originally released?! Christ we’re getting old.

The Super Deluxe Edition box set is a monster. According to, it…

Features more than 70 remastered, remixed, rare and unreleased recordings, including B-sides, compilation tracks, never-before-heard demos and live material featuring the final touring lineup of Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl, and Pat Smear. This box set also includes a DVD of the complete "Live and Loud" show from Seattle’s Pier 48 on December 13, 1993 plus never-before-released bonus material.

The full box set sells for $149.98 (so roughly R1 500 at today’s exchange rate) which means it’s totally out of Papa Slick’s price bracket right now and probably will be forever. Any kind souls out there reading this, my birthday is on the 3rd November and it’s the big three-oh… just sayin’…



You can hit this link for a full run down of all the material that’s in the box set.

But the real reason I wanted to write this is because NPR did a 40 minute interview with the surviving members of the band (Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic) which I read last night and really enjoyed.

You can stream the interview here, or read the transcription of it which follows below the streaming link. It’s well worth it if you’re a Nirvana fan.

My favourite part though is when Krist is talking about Kurt Cobain as a person and an artist:

Novoselic: In Utero is a testament to the artistic vision of Kurt Cobain. It’s kind of a weird record, and it’s strangely beautiful at the same time. And if you look at Kurt’s paintings and his drawings — he even did a sculpture for me — it’s a rising, tortured-spirit person. It’s kind of weird. It’s done well, but it’s like what Dave was saying about having your own sound. Kurt was a great songwriter. He knew he had a good ear for a hook [and was] a great singer, great guitar player, and In Utero is a good representation of what he liked in art and how he expressed himself.

A statement like that carries added weight if you know anything about the dynamic between Krist and Kurt. They were basically the founding members of the band and were really good friends who knew each other from highschool.



In all the interviews I’ve heard or read with Krist since ‘94, whenever the topic of Kurt comes up, I get this strong sense of how much Krist respected and loved Kurt, despite Kurt’s darker, more self-destructive side.

In one interview in particular Krist is asked what it was like after Kurt’s death and he admitted that, years later, whenever he passed a guitar shop and saw an awesome-looking left-handed guitar, he would automatically think, “I should buy that for Kurt”.

I never got the same feeling from Dave. He moved on to achieve great things in his music career whereas Krist played for a few lesser-known bands and decided to get quite heavily involved with politics through a group he formed called JAMPAC (Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee).

Nirvana was probably the highlight of his music career and life, but you can tell from the interviews he gives that it’s not that that he misses.

It’s his friend. Simple as that. I think he’d trade in all the fame, all the fortune just to have Kurt back.

But then again, I could just be reading into things.

I do that sometimes Winking smile



Eagles Of Death Metal Friday

730-x-362_eagles_of_death_metalThe fucking weekend is upon us brothers and sisters and what better way to reign that gigantic, slavering beast in than by indulging in some Eagles Of Goddamn Death Metal!

If you haven’t heard of them, do yourself a favour.

Beg, borrow, steal Peace, Love Death Metal. Put your earphones on. Let your brain make sweet love to that falsetto-heavy rock and roll, yeah!

After that, mosey on over to Death By Sexy for another ramrod-stiff dose of everything that is great about rock and roll, and then top it off with Heart-On while you lie there in a post-braingasmic stupor.

Are you picking up what I’m layin’ down?! Of course you aren’t, you have no IDEA who Eagles Of Death Metal are. Well, you better wise up party people, because these guys are coming to Oppikoppi this year to FUCK. SHIT. UP!



Why yes, that WAS Josh Homme, frontman from Queens Of The Stone Age you saw in that video playing drums like a total badass and no, it wasn’t just a cameo, HE IS THE DRUMMER OF THIS BAND.

“What?!” I hear you say, “I thought he was a guitarist, what the hell is a guitarist doing playing drums?!”

Well, I could ask you the same question for Dave Grohl – what the hell is a drummer doing playing guitar?

See, when a musician has so much goddamn raw talent, he often has to let it out through every instrument in the band, as is the case with maestros like Grohl and Homme.

Here’s more:



Ahhh yeeeaaaaahhhhh, now we’re starting to get into this motherfucking rock band, yeah!

Are we ready to take things to a whole other level of sexy? Yes? No?

Shit’s AWN!



So that’s all good and well. In studio and in videos they kick a whole lot of ass. But the important question is can they fuck shit up live?

Here’s one of my personal favourites, “Whorehoppin (Shit, Goddamn)’” to answer that question:



Huh. Funny, that didn’t look like Homme at the drum kit… I wonder if they tour with him?

I just took it for granted he’d be coming to SA with the band, but maybe I was wrong.

Anyone know if Homme will be jamming with the band in SA?

Hello? Is this thing on…?

Anyway, I hope you guys had as much fun digging that sheeit as I did posting it. Have a killer weekend party people, see ya same time, same place next week Winking smile



Tenacious D Back From The Dead!

tenac_44441198Tenacious D always walked that fine line between a being a spoof band vs actually writing some decent classic stadium rock

The problem with the band is that they don’t take themselves seriously at all, so why should anyone else? I mean who ever heard of someone actually buying a Tenacious D album?

Sure, “Tribute” is probably kicking around on your playlist from the early 2000s along with “Wonderboy” and “Fuck Her Gently” but that’s about as far as it goes which isn’t very far for a band that has two (dick-joke laden) albums out.

So I’m making it my mission to buy and review their new album Rise Of The Fenix when it lands in May to see if it’s a load of turd or something actually worth listening to. In the meantime, here’s the promo video they put out for the album, featuring Val Kilmer and Dave Grohl.



Party on Wayne.



TreeFiddy Review: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

We’re trying a new thing today folks. Because you’re all a buncha attention deficit, slack-jawed, interwebs-trawling goofballs, I’m changing the way I write music reviews.

Gone are the days of long, sprawling, descriptive paragraphs about the delicate arrangement and superior production of song x, y or z. Fuck that, nobody cares.

From now on we’re stripping away all the bullshit here at SlickTiger Industries and pumping out reviews that are 350 words or less with rad videos, pics and tracks to stream. They’re easier for me to write, they’re easier for you to read, everyone’s a winner.

Oh, and did I mention these reviews will be peppered with gangsta rap lingo? Yeah, apparently that’s what the kids these days are into – fo’ SHIZZLE!

So, with no further fucking around, I present to you my first TreeFiddy review featuring my good friend Dave Grohl’s band, Foo Fighters and their new album, Wasting Light.


The Down Lizzo:

The Foos are back for album no.7 and this time around they threw all the modern new-fandangled methods of recording out the window and literally set up a studio in Dave Grohl’s garage and did the whole thing on brown analogue tape that they then cut together by hand using fucking razorblades for god’s sake!

Check out this sick NME vid that explains everything:


Sick Tracks:

“Bridge Burning” will make you thrash around the room like an idiot savant who just hit a bong and downed a pint of rubbing alcohol. The drums and fucking cannon blasts, the four-chord riffs are fucking machine gun fire and Grohl’s voice is a flame thrower, roasting everything in its wake.

“Rope” follows with the catchiest, most badass Foos chorous riff since “Low”. The bridge is a goddamn carpet bomb of awesome riffs and awesome soloing.

“White Limo” is sheer, hedonistic rock music at it’s most awesome. Just watch this fucking video. It stars Lemmy from Motörhead for god’s sake! How fucking badasss is that?!



There are countless other anthemic, arena-ready rock masterpieces on this album, so I’m not going to go into the rest. All there is to say is that there isn’t one ballad or poefta acoustic track among the 11 on this album, THAT’S how hard it is.



Should You Give A Shit?

It’s very simple. This album is a testosterone-fuelled, rock behemoth that will fuck your shit up. It is an unapologetic, insanely addictive, intravenous shot of everything that is badass and rocks about the Foo Fighters and you’d be a fucking saddo not to buy this album.


Final Verdict: 9/10



The 200th Post Lands On Friday!

We’re getting close party people, so close I can feel it, you can feel it and hundreds of thousands of people all over the world can feel it too… they just have no idea what it is and are rubbing ointment on it in the hope that it will go away.

This week is going to see some epic posts going down as we count down the days to the 200th post, which lands, like a mothership full of fokken prawns on Friday, almost exactly 7 months after I first banged a couple of random words out and hit the ‘publish’ button.

What a journey it’s been, no shit. I mean hell, if I strung all those posts together I’d have a fucking novel. It would be pretty disjointed and probably read like something a tik addict wrote between smoking bulbs and running from the cops, but hey, PROGRESS has been made.



And so, to celebrate the 200th post, I’ve decided to invite everyone (who reads this blog and lives in Cape Town) to join me for a couple of drinks on Friday night at Knoxville on Kloof street.

Check out the “Them’s Fightin’ Words” Facebook page for all the details. The guestlist so far is looking pretty badass, here’s a sneak peak:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (HUGE fan of the Klapping Gym Boet Post)
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Hugh Hefner and The Girls Of The Playboy Mansion
  • Megan Fox
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Samuel L
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Barack Obama
  • Charlize Theron
  • The Girls Of Weapons Of Ass Destruction 5
  • Dave Grohl
  • Josh Homme
  • Wagon Axle (Nebraska Apache)

So what the fuck are you waiting for? Ditch those bullshit plans you made for Friday night and come party like a ROCKSTAR with your buddy Slick!