Happy 15th Birthday to Probot!

Today is the 15th birthday of Probot’s lone album, released way back in 2004 on Southern Lord. A fantastic album made by (mostly) Dave Grohl with an even more fantastic line up of guests ranging from Max Cavalera of Sepultura / Soulfly, Lemmy of Motörhead, King Diamond and so many more.

My three favorite songs are (of course) ‘Shake Your Blood,’ which features the mighty Lemmy on vocals and bass, and my goodness the video with those sexy… WHITE BOOTS.

Grohl tells the story of Lemmy coming to the studio to record the song:

“Lemmy walked in, said hello. He said, who wants a drink? And we went upstairs, and mixed a few Jack and Cokes. It was noon, 12:30pm. By 3 o’clock I was fucking shit-faced, and he was ready to record.”

Dave Grohl talking about recording the song with Lemmy (YouTube).

Next I’d have to say “My Tortured Soul,” featuring Eric Wagner of Trouble on vocals. This was the first song to ever be performed live on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, which seems so crazy given all the artists that stopped by the studio over all those years.

Dave Grohl said he was asked to write some music for Ozzy, and this was one of the two songs he sent over. He never heard back, so it ended up here on the album. Turns out Zakk Wylde (Ozzy’s guitarist at the time) wasn’t too pleased.

“If I ever run into Dave Grohl, I’m gonna kick his fuckin’ ass, because I think he sucks, and he wrote this cheese-dick song for OZZY that I have to fuckin’ play on, and I’ll never forgive him for that.”

Zakk Wylde to Guitar World in 2001 (Blabbermouth)

Finally, my favorite track is the hidden track, featuring Jack Black on vocals. Maybe the least-metal vocalist on this album, but he did win a Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” back in 2015 with Tenacious D, and their cover of Dio’s ‘The Last in Line.’

Either way, I love it this album, even as it turns 15 years old – practically old enough to drive!