I seem to be having a bit of a creative dry patch at the moment, and so that this blog doesn’t just die, I have decided to start writing about other music. I have recently subscribed to Spotify, and have decided to listen to whatever the number one album is each week, and one other, and write something about them. So I asked Siri to pick a random number between one and one hundred (somewhat predictably she chose one, so I had to ask again) and she gave me fifty five. The number fifty five album this week in the Official Album Chart is Foo Fighters Greatest Hits. I have to confess that I could not name a single song of theirs before I started listening, and indeed was not aware that this was a post Kurt Cobain project by one of the members of Nirvana. As I listened to read up on the band, and on the individual songs. All My Life, a song about cunnilingus, is a delightful way to start the experience. I have to say that this is not my genre, but I have very odd tastes, and often well written lyrics or something that gives you something to think about can sway me. Or even a delicious and unexpected chord change (Texas, I’m looking at you!) And apart from a seeming obsession with ropes and hanging it was not until the fourth track, The Pretender that I started to get it. The lyrics here are infectiously repetitive and awesome, especially the chorus, although I did spend quite a lot of it fantasising about that it would be like as a soft dance track. Learn To Fly has a lot going for it as well, as has Wheels (which all their hardcore fans hate apparently!).
As I said this is not my genre (it’s a little shouty for my taste!) however there are some great tunes and lyrics in there, and I do get appeal thankfully, I have to be honest after the first two tracks I thought I was going to hate every minute of it. I don’t think I will listen to another album by Foo Fighters any time soon, but I do have some genuine respect for Dave Grohl for picking up the pieces after the death of Kurt Cobain and creating something new. It seems like he initially assumed that he did not have the talent to carry on after that tragic event, well twenty three years and several massively successful albums have clearly proved him wrong.
Out of interest I looked up a couple of cover versions of The Pretender but they were both presented in a similar way – Cherri Bomb and Infected Mushroom, both fast tracks with screams vocals. I would love to hear a slower, pop version. Sacrilege I know!
I’m not going to get into the habit of rating these albums, because in this case the fact that I don’t like the genre would clearly reduce the score of what is obviously a great talent with a huge fan base, I will just say that it’s not really for me with a couple of notable exceptions.
I have created a Spotify playlist that contains the full album and the cover versions that I listened to: