Stacked Actors

Album: There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999)
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  • Shortly after the Foo Fighters moved out to Hollywood, Dave Grohl wrote this song about his negative opinions of the area. Grohl on the song, "I wrote 'Stacked Actors' about everything that is fake and everything that is plastic and glamorous and unreal, so if that pertains to anyone that comes to mind then there you go. It's about having nothing better to do than trying to be other people, it really grossed me out. Actors, just in general make me f--king sick." (quote courtesy:
  • Many believe this song, as well as "I'll Stick Around" and several other Foo songs, are inspired by Courtney Love, widow of Grohl's friend and former bandmate Kurt Cobain, since the lyrics appear that they could be about how bad Courtney was for Kurt, and how she may be responsible for his death. >>
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    Bert - Pueblo, NM, for above 2

Comments: 14

  • Daniel from Indianapolis, InPreach, Dave!!!
  • Vernita from Melbourne, AustraliaInteresting quote on this song:

    'Cornered alone in the SNL studio, Taylor ponders how Courtney-specific 'Stacked Actors' actually is.
    "Hmmm," he drawls. "it's probably more of a movement in Hollywood and rock'n'roll but I'm sure there's a little bit of her in there," he grins, winks and all but nudges the tape recorder.
    "She needn't be too vain, it's not all about her," he says before abandoning all diplomacy pretty unequivocally. "She's f--ked. For millions of reasons. And I don't even know her. Oh, I've met her a couple of times and she was rude. She wants to be a star and she is one. At least she got what she wanted. I hope it filled the hole for her. No pun intended." he smiles. "Oh, there's a sentence or two probably dedicated to her. Dave would never fully admit it to you, but I know."'

    Source:Friend or Foo?
    NME 1999
  • Michael from Morris County, Nji love how this song is about hating hollywood and wanting to see all those self-righteous actors dead. its got a cool riff too.
  • Tracy from Tulsa, OkBullsh*t Hollywood song.
    Fake doesn't have to mean Courtney, even if it DOES apply.
    By the way, you don't DYE bleach.
  • Cari from Knebworth, EnglandGive it up with the Kurt/Courtney stuff, every single song he writes is not about them. Dave dedicated this song to Primal Scream at the Isle of Wight Festival because he said they had an attitude problem. It's about fake people and his experiences of living in LA.
  • Valerie from Las Cruces, NmI am pretty tired of the fact that everyone thinks all of Dave Grohl's songs have to be about Kurt Cobain. I honestly think he has other things to write about. And the comment about "a plea from Dave for somebody to stand up and admit they killed his hero." C'mon! Dave himself has said that he wrote this for Ozzy and Ozzy didnt want it. And that it's about the fakness of L.A. and the things that the industry does to people. It's "cry when they all dye blonde".
  • Leia from New York, NyDave wrote this song for Ozzy Osbourne after Ozzy asked him to write a song for his album (Ozzy doesn't write songs anymore, he's too fried). Ozzy rejected it, Dave Grohl thought it was a good song, and added it to the Foos next album. It's definitely not about Courtney... basically only a couple Foo songs are... and I highly doubt Dave Grohl would write a song about his hatrid of Courtney Love and give it to Ozzy Osbourne to sing.
  • Mckee from Huntsville, AlI don't think that this is about Courtney at seems like it's just a song about Hollywood sucking hardcore.
  • Pat from SydneyI always thought the song was about the fakeness of hollywood and actors and show biz in general. I can understand the Kurt/Courtney point of view but i really dont think it's what dave meant. I think it's also meant to be "and we cry when they all DYE blonde" no DIE blonde, in referance to how so much fuss is made over celebrities and how when they dye their hair everyone makes a big commotion
  • Abz from Austin, Txthe song, according to dave, is about his experiances living in los angeles and how "aspiring" actors/actresses come there and all seem to change into the same thing. It's about how Hollywood and show business can take a very unique and original personality and butcher it into nothing but blonde hair and fake breasts. He explained this at a concert that i was at a few days ago before they played the song!
  • Erin from Cowra, AustraliaIt is inevitably about how courtney pushed kurt to his ever saddening suicide. If you read the lyrics closly it is all there..."a wonderful liar..." she definatly fooled most of the's annoying that people won't admit to something they may have done and what's worse is she's probably not feeling any pain for it.
  • Danny from Melbourne, AustraliaIts about how Courtney may have killed Kurt but she will not admit it. Cry when there all die blond is about Kurt dying. Line up the bastards all I want is the truth is saying just come clean
  • Matt from Millbrae, CaListening to this song definitely evoked memories of Kurt. This song can't be about anyone else.
  • Jess from Springfeild, IlI've never looked at this song like that before but now that I think about it, it's probably about that evil woman they call Courtney.
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