Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins spoke to Apple Music Essentials and shed light on how the band's 1997 tune "Everlong" came to become its signature song. Grohl and Hawkins were promoting the group's latest album, Medicine At Midnight, when they were asked about the iconic track that originally appeared on the Foo's 1997 The Colour And The Shape album.
Ultimate-Guitar.com transcribed their chat in which Taylor Hawkins explained, "The initial release of ('Everlong') wasn't an insanely huge hit, it wasn't really until Dave did the acoustic thing on (Howard) Stern. It wasn't as big of a hit at the time as the way people see it now. I remember because I remember us thinking like it's not performing as well as we wanted it to. We wanted to be the biggest band in the world by that point."
Dave Grohl, who wrote the song, shed light on the original recording of "Everlong": "It was just a riff that we were messing around with in between takes of other songs, and then we took a break from recording for Christmas, and then I was in Washington, D.C. and had sort of worked the whole thing out. And there was a friend of mine, Geoff Turner, who's this sort of legendary D.C. punk rock dude who had a studio, and I'm like: 'Hey, can I book a day to come in and record a new idea?' So I went in and spent the afternoon and recorded a demo of it, just by myself."
Grohl went on to admit, "But at that time, nobody really imagined us having this massive commercial success, we were still playing theaters and stuff like that. We didn't think we were going to be like Aerosmith or something. It was just like, 'Oh, cool, we got a good song.'"
Dave Grohl told us a while back that he was nervous about becoming the lead singer in his own band: ["When the Foo Fighters started playing, it was scary, because singing upfront with a guitar in your hand and having everyone stare at you as the lead vocalist is a lot different than just chiming in backup vocals when you're behind the drums. So I was nervous, and actually when recording the first Foo Fighters record, I had never belted it out in the studio before, so I didn't know what my voice sounded like."] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: … voice sounded like.)
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