Now, Taylor Hawkins has finally revealed which song from Foo Fighters’ decades-spanning career is his favorite and it may surprise you.
We are just two months away from finally hearing Foo Fighters’ highly-anticipated new album Medicine At Midnight. So far, the band have given listeners a taste of what they can expect from the new LP.
Back in November, Foo Fighters debuted their new song “Shame Shame.” After sharing a few cryptic social media posts, they unveiled a haunting video for the single based on a nightmare Dave Grohl has had since childhood.
Taylor Hawkins recently revealed on The Matt Wilkinson Show why Foo Fighters picked “Shame Shame” as the first single.
“Well, first of all, it’s super hooky, it’s the closest thing we’ve ever come to Another One Bites the Dust,” he says. “…But I think that the intent, if there was an intent with putting ‘Shame’ out first, it was definitely to say, ‘Hey, this is record is different than any record we’ve ever made. Trust us, this one’s going to… You’ll definitely be like, ‘Huh?’ I’m sure people are scratching their heads when they hear it for the first time, like, ‘Wait a second, that’s a drum loop.'”
Foo Fighters released their debut studio album back in 1995. Since then, they have gone to put out eight more studio albums over the past 25 years. With their 10th album Medicine At Midnight arriving in February, Foo Fighters obviously have quite the music catalog.
However, Hawkins tells The Matt Wilkinson Show that Foo Fighters released his favorite song all the way back in 1999.
“I would say without a doubt, it would be ‘Aurora,'” he says. “[I] just think it’s really, I love that side of Dave. I love it when Dave gets in his almost yacht rock softness in his voice and he double tracks his voice really nice.”
“Aurora” appears on the 1999 album There Is Nothing Left To Lose. Hawkins further details that “Aurora” was actually the first drum track he ever did for the Foo Fighters that he was proud of.
“And that was the first drum track that I ever did for the Foo Fighters that I was really, really proud of, because I only played half the drums on the Nothing Left to Lose record, because it was my first time in the studio,” he continues. “And I was just… I didn’t know how to record. Recording drums and playing live are just super different and the mistakes are polarized heavily, once you’re under the scrutiny of the microphones. You had to do it right.”
Even though he didn’t perform on the song, Hawkins says that “This Is A Call” is also one of his favorite Foo Fighters songs. The track appears on their 1995 self-titled album.
“But I could also say the first time I heard ‘This Is a Call’ was the first time I heard the Foo Fighters and I wasn’t in the band yet,” Hawkins says. “I was playing with Alanis and we were all in the van, traversing the Foo Fighters, playing all the same clubs as they were. And it was just funny, and we just wore that album out. And ‘This Is a Call’ might be my favorite Foo Fighters song of all time too.”
Medicine At Midnight arrives on Feb. 5, 2021 and pre-orders are available here.
A clip of Taylor Hawkins talking about “Shame Shame” on The Matt Wilkinson Show and “Aurora” are available to stream below.
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