Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The battle of "Everlong."
If you're not a Foo Fighters fan, this might not appeal to you. If you do enjoy rock music, Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters and their music, then maybe this is a debate you can appreciate.
A conversation I like to have with people is... Which version of "Everlong" do you think is the best?
Ever since it was released in 1997, new versions have come out that alter the song. But which, in your opinion, is the best way to play/sing the song?
We have these versions:
-Obviously the original. Harder, screaming, lots of energy.
-Acoustic version as played initially on the Howard Stern show.
-Acoustic with string band accompaniment on the live record Skin and Bones.
-I saw a live version where Dave plays slow for the beginning, and then the band joins in to play the next half a bit harder.
Interesting "Everlong" facts, courtesy of Wikipedia:
"During the instrumental break, three indecipherable tracks whispered by Grohl can be heard. The exact wordings are unknown, but according to the official Foo Fighters newsgroup FAQ, the source materials are a love letter, a technical manual, and a story about a studio technician's father. Grohl himself has only confirmed the use of the technical manual."
"Everlong" is David Letterman's favorite song.
Bob Dylan once asked Dave Grohl to teach him "Everlong" so he could cover it. Good choice.
It played during Monica and Chandler's wedding on Friends.
It was included in an episode of Daria. YES!
Watch the music video here. Like all other Foo Fighters videos, it is worth watching. I love their creativity. And he's so young too!!
Watch an acoustic version here.
Personally, I might have to say that my favorite is the newer version with the string band for Sticks and Stones. It's kind of a good mixture between the two since I'm so divided. I've went back and forth with my decision--at first I stuck to the original, but then the acoustic grew on me--but now the newest edition tops it all, in my opinion.
But what's your opinion? What's the best version of "Everlong?" And why?