All My Life
‘All My Life’ is one of the highlights of the One by One album. At the time it was released, the song was considered an odd release considering the tidal wave of nu-metal/post-grunge rock songs flooding the radio back then – but it’s Foo Fighters we’re talking about. The tune can be considered as the Foos’ standard curtain raiser to start the show.
Next to ‘Everlong’, ‘My Hero’ is one of the best tracks to come out of their most critically-acclaimed release ever, The Color and the Shape. In the MTV era of idolising record label-built idols, Dave Grohl wrote ‘My Hero’ in honor of everyday people, who should also be looked up to for their daily contributions to the society.
‘The Pretender’ is possibly the grittiest rock anthem on Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. It has become the third most successful Foo Fighters song to date, just behind ‘Learn To Fly’ and ‘Best of You’. In an interview, Dave Grohl admitted that the song had something to do with the political unrest in America at the time: ‘That’s the thing with lyrics, you never want to give away specifics, because it’s nice for people to have their own idea or interpretation of the song. But, you know, everyone’s been f**ked over before and I think a lot of people feel f**ked over right now and they’re not getting what they were promised, and so something to do with that.’
‘These Days’ brought the mood down in the middle of the punchy, action-packed tracklist of Wasting Light. Its repetitive nature is excusable due to the profound lyrics that Dave Grohl wrote in his effort to relate to the broken-hearted. It’s also clear that ‘These Days’ was a message to the elite who may not face the same struggles as normal people. Dave is the people’s singer huh?
If you’ve ever heard of that incident where Foo Fighters were hailed with Mentos, it’s because of this song. The music video for the song features a 90s parody of a typical Mentos advertisement where Foo Fighters rebranded it to ‘Footos’. ‘Big Me’ is the softer side of the Foos’ debut album, but can be as energetic as the other songs when it needs to be.
‘Walk’ was the song that helped stir rumors that the post-grunge outfit had a beef with Coldplay, after jokingly featuring the band’s name at the start of the music video. Structure-wise, ‘Walk’ is a classic underdog-empowering rock song to start your day, but looking at their past setlists, you might expect the Foos to perform this somewhere in the middle of their Asian leg setlist.
So far, ‘Run’ is the only single from the upcoming Gold & Concrete album to be properly released by the band. Yes, ‘La De Da’ and ‘Sky is a Neighborhood’ were performed in various shows prior to the Asian leg, but I guess ‘Run’ was the most ideal one to be released first. After the Saint Cecelia EP, the Foos returned to the studio with Adele’s producer, Greg Kurstin, to produce a song that stays true to their loyal fans, and was also commercial enough to gain new ones. Despite making fun of Coachella, ‘Run’ hit millennial tastebuds like no other rock band could.
Learn To Fly
After ‘Walk’ and ‘Run’, what else to do other than learning to fly? ‘Learn to Fly’ is an iconic Foos song that once set a benchmark for other alternative rock bands to reach. Upbeat, ‘Learn to Fly’ sets a motivational tone in its melody and lyrics, where Dave Grohl invites listeners and fans to reach higher to pursuing their personal goals. The song is a classic, not to mention Tenacious D’s hilarious cameo in the music video.