Update: In semi-related Grohl news, Dave Grohl has officially been announced as a presenter AND performer at this year’s Academy Awards. We give this news three Grohl thumbs-ups.
David Bowie once shot down a collaboration request from Dave Grohl in no uncertain terms: Grohl says Bowie, perhaps jokingly, told him to “F**k off.”
In a clip recorded for Playboy (via Pitchfork), Grohl remembers being approached to create a song for a movie “about two years ago.” He emailed Bowie, asking if the older star would be interested in recording the vocals.
“‘David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it’s not my thing,'” Grohl quotes Bowie’s response. “He said, ‘I’m not made for these times. So thanks, but I think I’m gonna sit this one out.'”
“I immediately email back and said, ‘No worries, I totally understand,'” Grohl continues. “I hit send, and within a minute and a half, I get an email back from him. It says, ‘Alright, well that’s settled then. Now, f**k off.'”
Grohl evidently carries no hard feelings, teaming up with Beck and surviving members of Nirvana to perform “The Man Who Sold the World” in tribute to Bowie earlier this week. The Foo Fighters frontman is hardly the only big name to be snubbed by the Starman: Last month, Coldplay’s Chris Martin told NME that when he approached Bowie with a potential collaboration, Bowie responded, “It’s not a very good song, is it?”
The rest of the Playboy video features Grohl and Foo Fighters bandmate Pat Smear cruising L.A. in a Ford Bronco with an Aladdin Sane lightning bolt on the hood. Grohl describes his email exchange with Bowie beginning at 7:00: