“All My Life” ranks amongst Foo Fighters’ hottest songs. Nonetheless, many years after its launch, some followers could not find out about its soiled inspiration.
The one arrived on Sept. 24, 2002 at a novel time within the band’s historical past. Whereas on tour within the U.Ok. to carry out at a 2001 competition, drummer Taylor Hawkins suffered a drug overdose that left him in a coma. With the Foo Fighters on maintain, frontman Dave Grohl accepted an invite to drum for Queens of the Stone Age on their album Songs for the Deaf. Foo Fighters ultimately reassembled in October 2001 to work on their subsequent album, however the classes went poorly.
A part of the issue got here all the way down to their very own recognition. Foo Fighters’ earlier album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, was an enormous success behind such un-abrasive tunes as “Be taught to Fly” and “Subsequent Yr.” Grohl’s private musical tastes, nevertheless, remained extra loud and aggressive. In these preliminary classes, Foo Fighters discovered themselves caught between what they wished to document and what they felt followers wished to listen to.
“I don’t suppose we have been actually prepared but,” Grohl advised Spin in 2016. “We mainly made what Taylor known as ‘the million-dollar demos.’”
Whereas Foo Fighters have been experiencing rising pains, Grohl was additionally within the midst of a tumultuous private life. his first marriage had led to a 1997 divorce. Over the following few years, Grohl was romantically linked to many notable girls, together with Veruca Salt’s Louise Submit, actress Winona Ryder, snowboarder Tina Basich, actress Kari Wuhrer and Gap’s Melissa Auf der Maur.
Grohl was additionally identified to benefit from the firm of the occasional groupie. In a 2002 interview, he described such situations as “a mutual settlement. [Groupies] come to the again. They know what they need; they know what the band needs. It simply occurs. It is that simple. It occurs once in a while.”
These various components of Grohl’s character – the rocker trying to make noise, the romantic in search of love, the only movie star in search of intercourse – would mix on “All My Life.”
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“At first, it was actually dissonant and noisy,” Grohl advised Kerrang. “The center part gave the impression of ‘Wipeout.’ It was simply nuts! We recorded the instrumental and I had no thought how I used to be gonna sing it.”
The observe began with a easy guitar line earlier than exploding right into a blitzkrieg of sound. In the meantime, the vocals diverse from loud singing to all-out screaming, creating arguably the heaviest track within the Foo Fighters’ arsenal. For Grohl, “All My Life” mirrored a few of his earliest influences.
“I’ve mountains of riffs which might be paying homage to all the pieces I grew up listening to from Black Sabbath to Mercyful Destiny or no matter,” he defined. “I grew up listening to that, however the remainder of the blokes did not and loads of the time I might take a riff and I might suppose, ‘That is fucking unhealthy ass!’ and attempt to flip it right into a Foo Fighters track and it would not essentially work.”
Lyrically, Grohl stored the verses accessible, but imprecise, describing an countless pursuit of one thing that is likely to be unattainable. Nonetheless, the refrain was far much less obtuse. “Hey, do not let it go to waste. I find it irresistible however I hate the style,” Grohl proclaimed, alluding to cunnilingus. Later strains resembling “Time and again, down on my knees” and “If I get any nearer / And in the event you open up vast / And in the event you let me inside” additional drove the purpose residence.
“That track is just a little soiled,” Grohl confessed to Q Magazine in 2003. “I am very keen on giving oral intercourse to girls. It is a pleasure-giving expertise – giving somebody one thing that they will bear in mind for the remainder of their lives, and in the event you do it proper they are going to.”
Regardless of its grownup subject material, “All My Life” discovered a large viewers. The track spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Various Airplay chart and scored a Grammy award for Finest Laborious Rock Efficiency. It has since grow to be one of many band’s most performed songs in live performance, with Foo Fighters performing it greater than 750 instances in keeping with Setlist.fm.
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