In a recent interview, Dave Grohl admitted that he copied the drum beats of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ from other bands like The Gap Band, Cameo, and Tony Thompson, and Dee Snider gave his opinions on the ex Nirvana drummer’s confessions.
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is Nirvana’s most known and love song. The song didn’t only increase the band’s success, but it also contributed to the rock and roll industry and became a source of inspiration for other rock bands. It is ranked No. 9 on the list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time of Rolling Stone, and it is one of The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s list. Given these facts, Grohl’s confession of copying the disco drum beats from other bands left his fans speechless.
In a recent interview, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider commented on how the ’80s fun metal is not appreciated and how the wholesale of records has ruined many things in the industry by labeling bands in a certain way, without the bands’ consent.
He was also asked about his take on Grohl’s rip-off, and Snider shared his thoughts on the changes rock and metal music have gone through. Dee said that Grohl has always been ‘incredibly respectful of all music’ and that some musicians might have inspired him, but the critics were the ones who labeled who and what it was.
Here is what he said after being told that Dave Grohl ripped the drum beats off from the ’70s disco era:
“And again, Grohl was incredibly respectful of all music and whatever, so it wasn’t the bands that rejected wholesale things, it was first the critics who label things, ‘Oh, that was then, this is now – hair metal, grunge…’
The grunge bands, early grunge bands hated being called ‘grunge,’ as did heavy metal bands, hair metal bands, jazz; these were all derogatory terms assigned by critics to try to diminish what was happening, to make it seem less than just great music.“
Struggling with the forced decisions of the metal and rock industry, Snider didn’t seem to be angry about the rip-off. It is clear that it bothered him more to witness the unnecessary labeling of the ’70s disco era or heavy metal as hair metal and ‘grunge.’