Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana member Dave Grohl has compared tastemaking blog Pitchfork to reality television talent quest The Voice during his keynote speech at SXSW.
Largely covering his history from recording in his garage, through Nirvana and the early stages of the Foo Fighters, Grohl urged the audience to “cherish your voice” while ridiculing the site and TV show.
“I can truthfully say out loud that Gangnam Style is one of my favourite fucking songs of the past decade,” he said. “It is! Is it any better or worse than the latest Atoms For Peace album? Hmmm, if only we had a panel of celebrity judges to determine that for us. What would J-Lo do? Paging Pitchfork! Come in, come in we need you to help us determine the value of a song! Who fucking cares?”
After much applause he continued, “Who is to say what’s a good voice? The Voice? Imagine Bob Dylan standing there singing Blowin’ In The Wind in front of Christina Aguilera.”
As Grohl traced his history, he highlighted one moment as a key turning point in his punk agenda. Attending a Rock Against Regan concert in Washington with Dead Kennedys headlining, he said his life changed when he claims police brutally attacked the audience.
“I wanted to incite a riot,” he said.
Reporting by Nick Lynagh and Andrew Mast