Originally Posted by The Operator
He was always as good as he is now, but Kurt Cobain pretty much commanded him to play his parts as simply as possible.
If you check out some of his stuff prior to Nirvana (ie. Scream, Dain Bramage) or even directly after Nirvana (the first two Foo Fighters albums featured Dave doing the drumming in addition to singing/guitarist duties) the difference is pretty significant.
With Dave there is always a "solid" feel to his parts, but his performances in Nirvana were much simpler.
Commanded sounds pretty rough. I don't think Dave would be known were it not for Nirvana.
All said, love Dave and Foo and QOTSA is alright. It's cool to see Dave continue to make music in so many different ways with a variety of people.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98