first, dave grohl takes it upon himself to self-absorbedly direct the foo fighters music videos. these music videos often have a tone of parody or comical context. evidenced in productions like "learn to fly," "bigme," and "monkey wrench," grohl is persistent in wanting to be percieved as very funny or likable. unfortunately, he often casts himself as the protagonist in these videos 1, and lacks the humility and/or confidence that often attracts people to main characters. i say this because the typical protagonist has an implied struggle (man vs. beast, man vs. man, man vs. technology, etc.), and in all of the foo fighters videos starring dave grohl, dave grohl is always the saving grace with all the answers, and that's just a little bit pompous. protagonists are often pompous2, but dave grohl is a real life person and real life pompous people are annoying.
second, dave grohl is supposed to be a serious, introspective, prolific song writer with lots of "tats" and big leather wristbands. this classification of performing artist is usually found with evidence of depression, substance abuse, or general personal struggle3 that attributes to their artistic development. this is somewhat negated by the fact that the large majority of foo fighter songs are written in a major key. a simple yet logical understanding of major keys vs. minor keys is that major keys sound happy, and minor keys sound sad. one could conclude, then, that dave grohl lacks the depth or spectrum of emotion that produces music or any other artform that can be considered introspective or prolific.
a final point in my argument is that since the well-publicized suicide of his former band's lead singer (a band in which grohl was much better suited as the mysterious, talented drummer), grohl has become unabashed as a celebrity opportunist, consistently one-upping the celebrity and public persona alike. for example, did you, the reader, listen to led zepplin in your younger years? well, grohl not only listened to them, but he was obsessed with them and has been since he was a teenager. or perhaps you were one of the millions who enjoyed molly ringwald and her movies when you were younger? well, dave grohl would have given his left nut to be with her. did YOU proclaim that? no. no you didn't. but dave grohl did. further, grohl is known to pull public stunts to keep himself in the media. case in point: he recently announced his run for president. whether or not the article is serious, it is interesting that a rock star would choose to publish an article during a highly-anticipated presidential nomination, wherein election campaign results are often at the top of media headlines.
in conclusion, i reinforce my evidence that dave grohl is pompous, lacks artistic depth, and is an opportunist. while i do actually enjoy one foo fighters song4, the unattractive personality of their very intentional frontman renders him, and therefore the band, decidedly uncool and/or unfunny.
1. While it is not uncommon for lead singers to play the protagonist in music videos, it is also very, very common for them to not play the lead in the music videos.
2. Richard III, Lisa in Weird Science, Captain from 300
3. As noted in this conversation between Elizabeth and Janie in the film Drop Dead Fred:
4. Everlong - one of their few songs in a minor key
- Janie: I did this self actualising course this week and basically they taught us that pain is your friend, it's your humanity, pain makes you interesting. Look at Elvis.
- Elizabeth: Yeah, but didn't Elvis kill himself?
- Janie: Yes, but before that he was very, very interesting.