I Love Screaming Trees
Kerrang! talks to Dave Grohl
"During my first few months of living with Kurt
[Cobain], we went up to Seattle to visit Mark Lanegan and his friend Dylan
Carson [of drone-core band Earth], who shared a house. We went out drinking
that night and we got back about 3am, and they put me on this pull-out
couch in the living room, where I passed out. I remember waking up, and
there was Mark, sitting in a chair at the end of the bed. I looked up
at him. and he said, 'Who the fuck are you?'. I said, 'I'm Dave, Kurts
new drummer'. We sat there talking for a while, and that was the genesis
of our relationship (laughs).
"I remember listening to his solo album, 'The Winding Sheet', over
and over again, when I was living in Olympia. It was winter, when the
sun wouldn't come up until 8am, and would go down by 2 or 3pm - it was
like a rainy Scandinavia, it was fucking depressing. And that album was
the perfect soundtrack for that season.
"Mark is one of the most gifted and tortured artists you'll ever
hear. I have nothing but respect for that guy. I remember Nirvana playing
Roskilde festival in Denmark with the Screaming Trees in 1992. In the
middle of their set Lanegan freaked out, picked up a monitor and threw
it into the pit and beat up three or four security guards. We had to hide
him in the dressing room, You don't wanna mess with that dude. Give him
a microphone, let him sing, then get the fuck out of his way."