9 of Dave Grohl's biggest and weirdest collaborations

by Tyler Munro

February 19, 2014

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In case you missed the news, a bunch of your uncle’s favourite singers have united to form Teenage Time Killer, a hardcore and metal crossover supergroup that seems to consist of (mostly) eccentric frontmen. Spearheading the project is Corrosion of Conformity’s Reed Mullin and Mike Dean, but the line-up is also set to include Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Keith Morris, Jello Biafra, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, and, of course, the pièce de resistance: Dave Grohl.

Troubled former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri is also involved, but at this point we’re not sure how he fits into the mix—on vocals or bass.

What’s weird, though, is that this story is picking up steam now, months after it was originally reported by Blabbermouth. The project was recorded at Grohl’s Studio 606, though we’re not sure when. Still, that the story’s picking up steam now means a release can’t be too far on the horizon.

Musically, fans can apparently expect an old school, hardcore and metal sound, which fits the line-up, but fans shouldn’t get their hopes up: this is more of a special project than a special band, akin more to Probot than Them Crooked Vultures. Worst case scenario? Ayreon for punks.

For Dave Grohl, this is nothing new. Even before his time in Nirvana the former Scream drummer was prolific, but in the past 15 years or so has really ramped the collaborations. Of couuuuurse we have examples!

 

Foo Fighters

While Dave Grohl played every instrument on the first Foo’s album, the band was billed a supergroup by their second when former collaborator Pat Smear joined him alongside Sunny Day Real Estate’s Nate Mendel.

 

Puff Daddy

For whatever reason, Dave Grohl played drums on two separate rock remixes of “It’s All About the Benjamins,” both of which also featured Tommy Stinson and Rob Zombie.

 

MxPx

Remember Magnified Plaid? Dave Grohl does. He was featured on their crossover album The Ever Passing Moment not as a singer, guitarist or drummer, but for counting off the start of “The Next Big Thing.” That’s it. Seriously.

 

Tenacious D

The first Tenacious D album is basically perfect, and you’re wrong if you think otherwise. Dave Grohl’s actually a big part of that: not only did he play drums on the album, but he also rocked the guitar on a handful of tracks and starred as the devil in the video for “Tribute.”

 

Probot

Looking back on it, the scope of Probot was huge. Dave Grohl’s thrashy supergroup featured contributions from legends like King Diamond, Wino, Lemmy and members of Cronos, Voivod, Celtic Frost and… Mike Dean, the Corrosion of Conformity guitarist behind Teenage Time Killer. There was a great charitable aspect to the band, too; after Death’s Chuck Schuldiner proved too ill to contribute, Grohl used the band to help spearhead fundraising to help pay for his cancer treatments.

 

Queens of the Stone Age

Dave Grohl only really got to let loose on one Nirvana album, and Taylor Hawkins quickly took the seat for the Foos, so for me, I wasn’t really captivated by his kit-work until Songs for the Deaf. And man, it’s something to behold: on songs like “No One Knows” Grohl is basically Animal from the Muppets, bashing away with incredible ferocity and an energy that threatens to go nuclear at any moment.

 

Them Crooked Vultures

Dave Grohl on drums and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on bass? Plus Josh Homme on guitars and vocals? Them Crooked Vultures were your mall’s rock ‘n’ roll store’s wet dream, presumably sending t-shirt manufacturers into a printing frenzy. Oh, and their songs were decent too.

 

Ghost B.C.

Grohl contributed drums, guitars and production work on Ghost’s covers EP, helping out on ABBA and Roky Erickson covers while, we’re assuming, being privy to the band’s secret identities. Dave Grohl’s a lucky dude.

Tags: Music, News, Circle Jerks, Corrosion of Conformity, Dave Grohl, Dead Kennedys, Foo Fighters, jello biafra, Nirvana, off!, Queens of the Stone Age, Sepultura, Slipknot

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