10 Great Dave Grohl Musical Collaborations

Dave Grohl has proven himself to be one of the most prolific and accomplished musicians in rock. Grohl has been in two of the biggest rock band ever: Nirvana and Foo Fighters. He has also maintained side projects such as Them Crooked Vultures, stints with Queens of the Stone Age, and done extensive session work. In addition, Grohl directed the documentary film Sound City and the HBO series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. Over the years Grohl has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians. Here is a list of some of Grohl's best collaborations. 

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Scream - "Gods Look Down"

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Dave-Grohl 1998. Photo: Martyn Goodacre-Hulton Archive-Getty Images

Before Dave Grohl became the drummer for Nirvana he played drums for the Washington D.C. post-hardcore band Scream. Grohl began singing and writing songs on guitar in his teens using two tape recorders as a multi-track recorder. His vocal debut came on Scream's final studio album Fumble which was recorded in December 1989 but was not released until July 1993. The album features the song "Gods Look Down" (listen) — Grohl's first professionally recorded song that he wrote and sang lead vocals on.

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Nirvana - "Marigold"

In August 1993 Dave Grohl's only Nirvana song that he composed and sang lead on "Marigold" (listen) was released as a B-side to "Heart-Shaped Box". The song, originally titled "Color Pictures of a Marigold", came from a Grohl's cassette-only 1992 demo album Pocketwatch released under the pseudonym Late! Grohl quietly recorded the Nirvana version of "Marigold" while Kurt Cobain was reportedly sleeping in an adjacent room during the In Utero sessions. Dave sang, played guitar and drums on the track while Krist Novoselic played bass. "Marigold" was Dave's first solo effort to receive significant radio airplay. Foo Fighters recorded "Marigold" for their 2006 Skin and Bones live acoustic album. 

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Mike Watt - "Against the 70's"

In 1995 bassist, songwriter, vocalist Mike Watt (The Minutemen, Firehose) put together a who's who of alternative rock for his solo album Ball-Hog or Tugboat? Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder sang lead and Dave Grohl played drums on the track "Against the 70's" (listen). That year Grohl's fledgling band Foo Fighters and Vedder's short-lived side project Hovercraft opened for Watt on tour and also served as Watt's backing band. 

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Dave Grohl (duet with Louise Post) - "Touch"

In 1997 Dave Grohl composed all 13 songs for the original motion picture soundtrack for the movie Touch including the title track "Touch" (listen) — a duet with Grohl's then girlfriend Louise Post of the band Veruca Salt. Grohl played all the instruments on the mostly instumental soundtrack including two other vocal songs: "How Do You Do" (featuring Grohl on vocals) (listen) and "This Loving Thing" (featuring John Doe of the seminal Los Angeles punk band X on vocals) (listen). 

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Killing Joke - "Asteroid"

Grohl played drums of Killing Joke's entire 2003 self-titled album for free. Grohl was a long time admirer of the British punk band — as was Kurt Cobain who may have lifted the main guitar riff from Nirvana's "Come As You Are" from Killing Joke's song "Eighties". Grohl really cuts loose on the album especially on the heavy industrial track "Asteroid" (listen). Watch a NSFW video of Grohl learning the song in the studio here.

In 2000 Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi released his solo album titled Iommi with long list of guest vocalists including  Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan and others. Grohl wrote the lyrics, sang lead and played drums on the album's only single "Goodbye Lament" (listen) which reached #10 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. The song also features Queen guitarist Brian May. More »

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Nine Inch Nails - "Every Day Is Exactly the Same"

Trent Reznor brought in Dave Grohl to play live drums and percussion on seven songs for Nine Inch Nails' 2005 fourth studio album With Teeth. Grohl played on the band's third single "Every Day Is Exactly the Same" (listen) which reached #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. Some of Grohl's more muscular drum tracks on the album include: "You Know What You Are?" and "Getting Smaller".

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The Prodigy - "Run with the Wolves"

Grohl recorded live drums tracks for electronic rock band The Prodigy's song "Run with the Wolves" (listen) off their fifth album 2009's Invaders Must Die. Grohl was emailed the song, recorded live drums in his studio, then emailed his tracks back to the band who editing together Grohl's best parts.

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Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme and Trent Reznor - "Mantra"

Dave Grohl's 2013 Sound City: Real to Reel official movie soundtrack album teamed up some of his favorite musicians to create an original collaborative album. One of the standout tracks is the song "Mantra" (listen) which features vocals and instrumental tracks from Queen's of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Trent Reznor and Grohl. Watch Homme, Reznor and Grohl record basic instrumental tracks for "Mantra" here

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Kristeen Young - "Pearl of a Girl"

In 2014 Dave Grohl played drums on the entire album for alternative pop singer/songwriter Kristeen Young's seventh album The Knife Shift. Grohl also contributed some piano, bass, and guitar to the album. Grohl and Nirvana/Foo Fighters' guitarist Pat Smear appeared with Kristeen Young for a live performance of her song "Pearl of a Girl" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (watch).