Monday, November 24, 2014
To Foo, Or Not To Foo
It's not often that a cover version improves upon the original.
On my return flight, the trusty ol' iPod shuffled into a tune by Australian pop rocker Michael Carpenter, a man who has released a good share of meaty power pop records, as well as at least 5 albums of covers. I obviously have these covers, because one of them, the Foo Fighters' "Everlong," began to play. I did not recognize the song or the artist, but I was mesmerized.
As my love for Dave Grohl grows deeper with each passing episode of "Sonic Highways," I decided to revisit some of the earlier Foo Fighters material that I recall liking, but have rarely returned to since its release. I listened to "Everlong," which I recall being a hit.
Grohl said this about "Everlong":
“That song’s about a girl that I’d fallen in love with and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonise perfectly.”
I love the lyrics, but I am not in love with the Foos arrangement. I'm getting more out of Michael Carpenter's version of "Everlong."
Carpenter's is up top and the Foos is below.
See what you think.