Dave Grohl (pictured on tour, right) was on Radio 4's Today Programme this morning talking about Nirvana — as one does — and the next Foo Fighters album. Talk turned to the album being recorded on tape rather than using digital technology.
"Unfortunately," Dave said of digital recording, "the options are unlimited."
"UNFORTUNATELY, THE OPTIONS ARE UNLIMITED."
We would have choked on our cornflakes were it not for the fact that a) we were not eating cornflakes and b) we learned at an early age, like most human beings, to process alarming news in such a way as to not prompt an involuntary throat spasm. But what a ridiculous thing to say. We can understand people going back to analogue for lots of reasons like authenticity or a fetishised idea of times gone by etc etc, but
the fact that it opens too many doors, allows for too many possibilities or removes too many limits is a bit odd.
"I didn't want to do anything I hadn't done before."
"I deliberately eliminated any possiblity that I might innovate."
"I wanted absolute certainty that our fans would not hear something new."
Come on Dave. Get a grip. And when you've got a grip, get a drum machine. CHEERS.