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#FooFighters Trailer Foos made a rad movie. check it hot off the presses. Coming to theaters April 5th.

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I can’t wait for the 8th of april to come! Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was crap (with exception of The Pretender, of course), but their new album Wasting Light is said to become one of their hardest albums, so i’m pretty much excited. But nothing will ever top The Colour and the Shape. Everlong.

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

First and foremost, the sticker on the CD version of this album says “Please play at maximum volume”, and that’s really the only way to enjoy a Foo Fighters album. And a Foo Fighters album is really the only way to describe this album. It’s filled with huge soaring choruses and quirky, catchy guitar work.

What is both immediately asked and immediately answered is “Who made this album?” The first track, “Bridge Burning”, starts off with some quirky chord scratching and some interesting riffing between the bands three guitarists - Pat Smear has come back as a full time member - before punching into what you have come to expect from the Foo Fighters; a big roaring sound propelled by Taylor Hawkins’ manic drumming. After listening to the lead single, “Rope”, you will understand everything you need to about the album, but you will miss out on a lot if that’s the only thing you hear from Wasting Light.

This being the Foo Fighters we’re talking about, the guitar work stands out the most, but not the way you’d expect. There’s the “big guitar sound” sure, and it works perfectly as usual, but now all three guitarists - Chris Shiflett, frontman/guitarist Dave Grohl and the newly reinstated Smear - are giving new attention to melody and harmony. The interplay between them is really very interesting and they pull it off breathtakingly in places. Even rockers like “White Limo” - which is just a ridiculous song no matter how you look at it - “Back & Forth” and “A Matter of Time” have striking counter-melodies that work very well with Grohl’s vocal style. Grohl, for his part, is still singing about everything and nothing, focusing mainly on relationships, both romantic and otherwise.

There was quite a bit of speculation about the recording and line-up of this album. The album was recorded in Grohl’s garage entirely in analog. The interplay between Grohl and the rest of the band was also brought into the limelight with the return of Smear, who hasn’t played on any releases since 1997’s The Colour and The Shape. Shiflett apparently had no idea Smear was returning until he walked into the studio. You wouldn’t know it from how well they play together, but there was tension between Grohl and Shifflet before the recording of this album. The addition of Smear seems to have cleared the air, allowing every member of the band to shine. Hawkins has always been the Foo Fighters best drummer - something that’s hard to do when you’re in a band with Grohl - and bass player Nate Mendel gives some of his best work to date.

Because it was recorded in Grohl’s garage and it was produced by Butch Vig, it has a sound that’s both polished and rough. It’s smooth and everything comes out evenly, but there’s a lot of feedback and reverb that gives it so much more power. Most of the band above the age of 40 - Smear being the oldest at 51, Grohl and Mendel at 42 and Shiflett and Hawkins at 39 - so they’ve matured quite a lot since 2002’s One By One (Smear rejoined the band in 2006 as a touring musician). The maturity comes out excellently in tracks like “Walk”, “Arlandria”, and “Miss the Misery”.

Despite the maturity, the honesty, the harmony, and the beauty of this album, it is very important to remember one thing: this album is best played loud.

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365 Day Song Challenge

Day 101 - A song from a singer that your friends have met, and that makes you jealous

Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters


Not exactly met, but Foo Fighters just performed in Sao Paulo last Saturday, my friends went to the concert, but of course I couldn’t… And they played the most amazing setlist (at least for me). It is just that the concert that I would like the most to see, from the list of concerts I have not seen before and that I still can (people still alive/ the band still exists), is for sure Foo Fighters’… But anyway, I still have faith it is going to happen eventually! Ah, of course this song was included in the setlist!


This was the first single off the Foo’s second album. It deals with being used and trapped in a relationship. Dave Grohl directed the video himself. At the beginning, the elevator music is a muzak version of the song “Big Me,” from the Foo Fighters’ debut. The screamy bridge of this song is almost impossible for Dave Grohl to sing live. The bridge on the CD was yelled all in one breath. During many of Foo Fighters concerts, Grohl has the crowd scream the bridge out. If he does sing the bridge, there are usually a few breaths that can be heard in between.  Grohl told Mojo magazine January 2010 this is about the disintegration of his marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood: “It’s about living with someone and feeling like you’re living in a fu–ing cell. And then I wound up getting a divorce,” he said. (Songfacts.com)


Lyrics:   

What have we done with innocence 

It disappeared with time, it never made much sense 

Adolescent resident 

Wasting another night on planning my revenge 

One in ten, One in ten, One in ten 

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench 

One more indecent accident 

I’d rather leave than suffer this 

I’ll never be your monkey wrench 

All this time to make amends 

What do you do when all your enemies are friends 

Now and then I’ll try to bend 

Under pressure wind up snapping in the end 

One in ten, One in ten, One in ten 

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench 

One more indecent accident 

I’d rather leave than suffer this 

I’ll never be your monkey wrench 

One last thing before I quit 

I never wanted any more than I could fit 

Into my head I still remember every single word 

You said and all the shit that somehow came along with it 

Still there’s one thing that comforts me since I was 

Always caged and now I’m free 

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench 

One more indecent accident 

I’d rather leave than suffer this 

I’ll never be your monkey wrench 

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench (fall in, fall out) 

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench (fall in, fall out) 

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench (fall in, fall out) 

Don’t want to be your monkey wrench

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Jon Foo - Bangkok Revenge Fight Scene 

Vedi? Mica conviene prendere la metro eh…  :-))))

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