Sunday, August 31, 2008

"Come Back"

This post is in support of the Foo Fighter's song "Come Back" which I believe is underrecognized and underutilized.

One problem that I have with the band, even though I love the music that they make, the performances that they put on, and their overall personality as a whole, is that when they perform, they normally perform the same fifteen songs. Now, those songs are all played really well, but they're predictable. They're crowd pleasers. They're hits. Rarely do they draw from their other material (when they have lots of it!) and not play songs that didn't get much attention by the media.

Other bands, especially older bands that have multiple albums like the Foo Fighters, don't necessarily ALWAYS play the same songs the crowd wants to hear. They WILL play some singles, but not all. They mix up their set lists from concert to concert. With the Foo Fighters, unfortunately, they stick to many of the same songs.

So, where I am I going with this? Back to "Come Back." Normally, the Foo Fighters start off with a hard rock set, bridge to a softer acoustic set, and then Dave starts with a slow song that turns harder and the band rejoins him. This song that bridges this slow to hard feel is always "Everlong," perhaps their best song. I love this song, but I don't want them to kill it. Crowds want to hear it and he always plays it. Can it be played too much...? I wonder sometimes.

Instead of always playing "Everlong," why not play "Come Back?" It starts off very slow and eventually turns into a harder rock song. "Everlong" can then be played at any time, maybe an opener or closer, or even not at all. They can play it fast like the original version too.

"Come Back" is so underrated. Even though the song comprises over seven minutes, it's a beautiful seven minutes. I remember when I first heard the song, I was immediately hooked. I couldn't believe that one song could have so many emotions and take so many directions. I thought that it must be two songs. How could one change so drastically by the end? But that's why it's so genius. You change with its mood as you hear it; it takes you up and down on this rollercoaster of emotions. And it's never recognized or played by the band.

The Foo Fighters have such a giant list of non-single songs to generate from. Why not play some of those songs? The people at their concerts are fans. We listen to the songs. Our favorites aren't necessarily radio tunes. We like songs like "Generator," "Aurora," "February Stars," "Disenchanted Lullaby," "Halo," "Gimme Stitches," "Next Year," "On the Mend," "Razor," "See You," "The One," and "Come Back."

So, this is my plea to recognize and play "Come Back." It's on the album One by One, it's the last track, and it is for a reason. It's a great song to end on. The last song of an album is clutch, and this one really finishes well. It could even be an excellent closer to a show. Just something to think about...

So what do you think of the Foo Fighters' song "Come Back?" Or their shows?


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