Dave Grohl knows all about angst and emotion. After all, he was a key part of the most angst ridden band to arguably ever don a flannel shirt. So, you would think he can relate to all the young guys like My Chemical Romance and Panic! At The Disco who wear their emotions on their sleeve while carrying the "emo" rock torch forward. And, he does. But, he also knows that sometimes you need to lighten up and just rock out.
On the new Foo Fighters record, Grohl takes a friendly jab at the genre with "Cheer Up Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)." The drummer turned guitar-playing frontman is quoted as saying: ""The title has nothing to do with the song - it's placed right in the middle of the record, where there's a lot of dark stuff. It's a pretty heavy record. We have a couple bummer tunes. I felt the album needed something to sit in the centre and balance it. So we had this lighthearted song, and I called it Cheer Up Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running) because it seemed like a little ray of hope in the middle of all this despair."
It's always been interesting to me to think about this evolution of music. I grew up on the music of the 70s and 80s that was full of booze, women and other excesses. Rock was rock and "emotional" tunes were left for "light fm" radio. And, even though I have my down moments, I'm a generally optimistic person so I always wondered what the grunge kids from the 90s were so upset about. Life is good. Enjoy the ride. And, if you're angry about something, get involved and do something to impact change. It's quite therapeutic - maybe even more so than a late night dashboard confessional.