I never would have guessed Rick’s catchy songs (that I’ve been singing along with since I was 9!!!) run through the Dave/Foo Fighters machine of Magnificent Loudness would work so f’ing well – but damned if it does!:
I’ve been listening to a lot of Foo Fighters recently and their lyric, “a whisper to a riot” from Walk hit me as a concept that perfectly captures what FF songs are like: they start out nice and melodic then explode into snarling anthems of catharsis. No one builds a song quite like they do it is almost like a firework with a spark, a slow burn then a massive freaking explosion. Basically their music is fucking awesome.
Here’s my Top 5 Foo Fighters Songs:
I only had to hear the first few notes of this to love it. It sounds like a pop tune that builds and builds into something fierce. I love that a song that starts out with Dave musing, “I think I lost my way” rips into him screaming “I NEVER WANNA DIE”! Hell YEAH!
I listened to this a lot when I first separated from my ex-husband! It’s great to scream along to when you’re dealing with someone toxic and this video is pretty incredible. I want to go to a FF show like this 😉
This one goes to 11 when I’m driving! Another song that has a blistering riff that slides into a catchy melody and then erupts. I should add it to my boxing work-out playlist because it has always made me want to hit things when I listen to it and now I can!
2. Good Grief
When this comes on I start hollering “OHMYGOD I FUCKING LOVE THIS SONG!!!” I was a huge fan from this first album and this song is one that I never get tired of blasting, plus when I’m a bad mood the “Hate it! Hate it! Hate it!” refrain is incredibly liberating. Try it, you’ll feel so much better after screaming it a few times.
This song is SO kick ass yet it has the most beautiful melody and sentiment to it – it makes me want to pump my fist and cry at the same time. Take a listen with this more acoustic version:
Compared to the Foo Fighters, everyone else just looks like a pussy.
I’m really excited there’s a new Foo Fighters album coming out. They are a band I love, then I forget how much I love them until I hear a song and pull them up on my iPod and yell at myself “HOW can you forget how fucking AWESOME the Foo Fighters are?!?!????”
And I have a fondness for Dave Grohl in all his hilarious, straight-talking, wacky glory. Two of my fave Dave moments:
- On a VH1 Countdown type show discussing Pat Benatar: “because when you’re 14 love IS a battlefield!”
- “I love being a drummer. Everyone thinks you’re dumb. What they don’t realize is that if it weren’t for you, their band would suck.” (source)
My very favorite moment is when I got to meet him in 1996. I went to see FF in LA where I lived at the time. I went with three friends – two of whom worked on my favorite show The X-Files. Dave was a well-known fan of the show having been an extra in one episode, and contributing a FF song to a soundtrack CD.
The two XF employees thought this was totally our way in, so we stood by the stage door and when he walked by they screamed, “DAVE!!! WE WORK FOR CHRIS CARTER!!!!” My other friend and I rolled our eyes in mortification muttering, “yeah, that’ll work.” And you know what? It did! Dave fucking Grohl waved us through and we went backstage!!
It was exciting and hilarious even though there were no rock n’ roll shenanigans happening. There was a dreary little table of food, Drew Barrymore was wandering around, and Dave sat fiddling with a guitar as he talked to an awestruck little boy. We said our hellos and fangirled about the show and he was friendly and gracious and that was it.
They are, as my mom would say “good noise.”