Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl lashed out against talent shows like American Idol and The X Factor in a recent interview with Britain’s rock paper NME. Grohl, ever outspoken, and usually right, claims that contestants are judged too harshly, by people who aren’t really qualified to do so in the first place, and that they are homogenizing popular music.
“I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves.” the “Everlong” singer said. “That’s what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by f**king musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own f**king albums. It makes me really mad.”
He went on to say that the resulting winners of these shows are all the same: “Everyone sounds like f**king Christina Aguilera.”
Of course, if Grohl (or I, for that matter) tried out for any of those talent shows, he wouldn’t make it through the front door. I’m not sure when the yard stick by which modern music is measured became all about soulful yodelling and emoting in tune, but some of music’s biggest talents would not have survived to make the music they have, if American Idol judges had anything to do with it. Or as Dave says:
“The next time someone says you’re not a good singer say: ‘F**k You’. I interviewed Neil Young and he said in his band someone said to him: ‘The band’s really great, but honestly you shouldn’t be the singer.’ If Neil Young had listened to that person then we wouldn’t have had any Neil Young.”