Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Music: Everlong

Having a killer music video isn't a requirement for having a memorable song, but it sure helps, like the Foo Fighters video for "Everlong." It was directed by Michel Gondry, best known for "The Science of Sleep" and "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." It's similarly trippy, but the thing most people remember from it is the giant hand that Dave Grohl's character uses to slap the evildoers.

The song itself is pretty good, though I suspect it suffers from too much radio airplay. As an aspiring drummer, the most notable parts of the song for me are the rapid, cascading fills (recorded in the album version by Dave Grohl himself after the Foo Fighters' first drummer left the band). Grohl sometimes does the song solo, strumming by himself on acoustic guitar, but I like the full band experience the best. Here's one the best live versions of the song I've ever seen (performed for Australian television):


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