As some of you may already know, I am a fan of the TV show Glee. It has been a favorite of mine since it first aired in 2009. However, in a recently publicized article by MTV, I learned that one of my favorite musicians denied his band’s music to the hit TV show.
Dave Grohl has been the in the band the Foo Fighters since July of 1996. Before that, he was the drummer for my favorite band of all time, Nirvana. I have always enjoyed Dave Grohl’s musical endeavors. He is extremely successful, and deservingly so.
For those of you with the inability to hear or see anything, Glee is one of Fox’s number one shows right now. It follows a group of teenagers, some outcasts and some jocks, while they prepare for singing competitions. The show also follows the personal lives of the Glee Instructor, as well as the Cheerleading Coach and other faculty. I’m sure that is all you want to read about Glee.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy reportedly got angry after Dave Grohl denied the use of Foo Fighters songs on the show. At that point, Grohl came to the defense of his band as well as fellow rockers Slash and Kings of Leon. Murphy called Slash a “washed up old rock star” when he made it clear he didn’t want the teens of Glee doing Guns N Roses music, claiming he “hates musicals”.
Murphy, talking to The Hollywood Reporter also said of Kings of Leon:
“F**k you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument.”
Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill fired back via Twitter:
“Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say f**k.”
To which Murphy responded:
“Just read Nathan Followill’s Tweet…in which he implied I should ‘get a manicure and buy a bra.’ Wow. That’s a homophobe badly in need of some education. I’m all for manicures, don’t wear a bra. Would guess most gay dudes don’t. But it’s telling that Nathan can reduce a group of people to a mean-spirited cliché, in a time where young gay men are killing themselves all over the country because of hatred like this.”
I can understand these artists’ frustration with the situation when the show’s creator is making rude comments about them, but it does seem a bit dramatic for men who are out of high school. Furthermore, because of Murphy’s reaction to the band’s decision to keep their hit “Use Somebody” off of Glee, and all that transpired after, an open statement from the entire band was released. It stated that they have a new album coming out and that they did not want to promote Use Somebody right then.
Grohl was also quoted by Hollywood Reporter saying that it is every band’s right to choose whether or not to let a show use their music:
“And then the guy who created Glee is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his fuc***g show. F**k that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee.”
Recently, former SNL star Victoria Jackson made wildly homophobic comments about a long anticipated kiss between two gay teenaged boys on the show. I have decided not to go into this, since she hasn’t done anything important since 1992 when she left SNL and began her career as a tea party activist BLAH BLAH BLAH NO ONE TAKES HER SERIOUSLY!
Dave Grohl has been the only artist so far to take the aggressive stand, and say PISS OFF RYAN MURPHY for your holier than thou attitude. I applaud that, but as a fan of Glee I am disappointed that I will not hear their songs sung by my favorite teen gays.
[Ed – Michelle can like Glee all she wants, I’m still convinced there are only 3 reasons for straight dudes to watch Glee…
and finally, the number 1 reason…
11 thoughts on “Glee VS. Grohl”
Glee is the worst piece of shit ever. I’m happy as hell that musicians wont let their music on there. Hopefully the whole industry disagrees and the show closes down production with no music.
I totally think the artists should let them use their music. They allow it on the crappy radio.. And Glee is better than 89X.
BOOOO no way in hell is it better then 89x
It depends on who is DJing. FIXD
@theasswhole: First of all, the writers for Glee just recently wrote original songs for the show. Even if every band in the universe said no to Glee, they wouldn’t stop airing it. Ever. It is more geared towards ladies, so no one expects you men to be fans. Also, many women are like me, and were cheerleaders AND were prominent members of the school choir, so this show is particularly interesting to us.
@Jessica: You are correct. If Dave Grohl lets a radio station play his music… the same radio stations that have “Tenth person to call in and make a fart noise wins Pistons tickets” contests and play Bullet for my Valentine TEN TIMES MORE than anything else, then he shouldn’t care if his music is used by a TV show. Good point!
I’m with theasswhole,…in every way. I also agree with Ed, them bitches is fine!!
Ed. is short for Editor. Was that not clear? I am Ed.
I want to par-take in a glee poll of who you would bang. I would like the poll to be called Glee Bang! Come on B-Bombers where’s the love. *the extra “B” is for Bear.
Brittany Brittany Bang Bang!
I like musicals but I’m not too interested in Glee. It’s all the crap between the songs. And it is entirely up to the people who own the rights to the songs who gets to use them. Less bitching about it on both sides would be nice though.
Shut up Ed!