Whether or not you care for his music, you’d be remiss in criticizing Dave Grohl. The former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman is the type of straight shooter who makes rock and roll seem decent even in 2021; whether he’s chilling with Lemmy in his underwear or lending his throne to a metal bassist who got shot while stopping a shooting at a venue, Grohl is always putting his money where his mouth is and lending a certain level of common-sense insight to the world of rock. Now, Dave has finally commented on the current lawsuit against Nirvana’s remaining members and Kurt Cobain’s estate by the man whose baby picture is on the cover of 1991’s Nevermind — and his take is succinct and priceless.
Speaking to Vulture, Grohl was asked about the lawsuit against Nirvana, which claims that by including the picture of a nude baby on the cover of their album, the band were in fact distributing child pornography. Dave began by offering a pretty standard no-drama response of, “I don’t know that I can speak on it because I haven’t spent too much time thinking about it. I feel the same way most people do in that I have to disagree. That’s all I’ll say.”
When interviewer Craig Jenkins mentioned that Spencer Elden, the album’s infant model who is now suing the band, had recreated the infamous shot countless times in the past, Dave responded, “Listen, he’s got a Nevermind tattoo. I don’t.”
Look, on the one hand, if this guy doesn’t want his baby dick all over the world, then that’s his prerogative. On the other hand, reading this quote from Dave Grohl, all we can think is, BOOM SHAKALAKA! Sorry, Spencer, we get that Nirvana weren’t down to help you with your photography show or whatever the fuck, but let’s not act like you were the victim of some kind of child porn ring. You loved being a part of music history until you got old enough to feel you were owed something.
If you want to revel further in Grohl’s awesomeness, check out our list of the most metal Foo Fighters songs of all time. Meanwhile, here’s “White Limo.”
Words by Chris Krovatin