Why Dave Grohl loves Lorde
Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl says New Zealand singer Lorde has given him hope that his kids can grow up in an environment that is more than just superficial.
The 17-year-old Aucklander was picked by the legendary rockers to front the band at their induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame last month, taking the place of late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain.
The remaining band members had first considered filling the position with male singers, but when Joan Jett was the first to respond to their request they decided to only have female singers to perform the four songs, Grohl told Rolling Stone magazine.
"If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we'll have achieved our own revolution," Grohl said.
"It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn't turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future."
Things moved quickly from there.
"Dave just started rattling off names," Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic said.
"He was like, 'We should get Kim Gordon! And then someone up-and-coming . . . Annie Clark from St Vincent!' I didn't even know who she was, but now I'm her biggest fan.
"Then we asked Lorde."
Grohl also told the magazine of the moment he first heard Lorde while driving his car.
"My two daughters, Violet and Harper, who are 8 and 5 years old, started singing along," he said.
"I was so happy and relieved that my two girls were singing a popular song on the radio that had some substance and depth, which I considered to be healthy for them as kids. I know that sounds kind of parent-ish."
The Foo Fighters frontman is not a fan of most pop music on the radio.
"When I first heard Royals it was sandwiched between all of that other stripper pop," he said.
"I was so f***ing relieved. I thought, 'Hey, this might be another revolution'.
"When I met her I said, 'When I first heard your song on the radio and my kids sang along I felt like there was hope for my kids to grow up in an environment which is more than just superficial'."
So when the band pondered who to pick for their Rock n Roll Hall of Fame performance he had little doubt that Lorde was the perfect fit.
"There's something about her that represented or resembled the Nirvana aesthetic," he said.
"She has an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist."