Dave Grohl Tells Story Behind His Teen Letter to Ian MacKaye
Last week, we reported on a fan letter a then 14-year-old David Grohl wrote to Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, Fugazi and Dischord Records fame. Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmates Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett sat down with NME recently to talk more about the letter. We've embedded that video above and the note below for you to enjoy.
Grohl explained more, “Ian sent me an e-mail that said, ‘Look what I found cleaning out my attic’ and it was this little letter that I sent him. It didn’t have a whole letter, I don’t know what the rest of the letter was. I think I was maybe 14 and I wrote Dischord Records a letter because I wanted someone to release my band’s demo tape, we were called Mission Impossible, and I really wanted to be on Dischord because they were the label.”
The musician seemed to get a kick out of seeing the old note. “I took the picture and I sent it to someone that we work with like, ‘Look -- my handwriting is still the same,’ (laughs) and it’s my old phone number from when I was a kid. And I said ‘Call in between 3 and 10’ because I was in f---ing seventh grade or whatever it was and then I didn’t want to wake up my mom.”
Shiflett then asked Grohl why he thinks MacKaye still had the letter after all these years. Grohl answered, “Ian MacKaye is a meticulous collector…I think you know, he keeps everything. He sure as sh-t didn’t keep it because he thought something was going to happen… I don’t know why he still had it. It’s weird…plus it has stains on it. Did you see the stains? It’s gross.”
One thing hasn’t changed in the many years since Grohl sent that letter, he would still love to release a song through Dischord Records. The clip ends with him saying, “I’m telling you if the Foos could do a Dischord single, then we could break up. I’m telling you.”
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