It would be a lie if you were to say that all rock and roll ever gave us was wholesome, enjoyable entertainment. This whole genre was built off the slogan of sex drugs and rock and roll, so naturally some things were going to get a little dark sooner or later. On some occasions, however, groups will come to the table with a particular artist in mind.
Going through each of these songs, the anger behind the track is most often aimed at a real person, either a fellow musician or someone else in the music business. They don’t even try to hide it half the time either, framing the whole narrative as a diss track towards their fellow artists or taking the sneaky route of putting subtle jabs into the mix that you have to dig deeper to really understand.
It doesn’t exclude the band members either, with some of these songs taking a beating from the band members and disguising them as something lighthearted. It’s one of the few times when it’s really worth doing your homework on the subject of the song. Because if you don’t, you end up singing a song about someone else’s horrible person.
When it comes to the biggest bands in the world, Nirvana’s time in the spotlight seemed to end with a pretty abrupt snap. After Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in 1994, the rest of the band had to take time for him before they even thought about taking their instruments back. When Dave Grohl decided it was time to move on, he still had some choice words for one who kept his old friend’s legacy alive.
Although many musicians have thrown their hats into the ring dissing Courtney Love in one form or another, hearing Grohl seething in anger on I’ll Stick Around may be the most nuanced way to go about it. Seeing the kind of connection she had with her husband firsthand, the line of owing him nothing was a much more scathing statement considering the part she had in Kurt remaining in the tabloids every few weeks when Nirvana was big.
Although Dave claimed not to pay attention to the lyrics of most of his early Foo Fighters songs, he certainly implied that some of those lines were about Courtney, including a few that poke fun at her playing the more. walls elements of her personality to keep her in the headlines, which became increasingly uncomfortable following albums like Live Through This becoming one of the popular albums at the time. We may have seen a grieving widow looking to move on after the death of her husband, but Dave saw through all that repeated craziness.