Saturday, August 15, 2009

Foo Fighters Greatest Hits in November

Foo Fighters have announced that they will be releasing a collection this November and it will include two new songs recorded with Butch Vig. One of the two songs is "Wheels", which they debuted at the Independence Day celebration on 4th July. The Foos have an extensive catalogue of six studio albums and plenty of hits, so it won't be a problem filling out a 1CD compilation. The problem is, which hits do they put in?

Before we get there, the more interesting point for me is that they're enlisting Butch Vig as their producer. Butch produced Nirvana's "Nevermind" album in 1991 and Dave contributed his drumming services to the song "Bad Boyfriend" for Garbage's "Bleed Like Me" album in 2005. But besides that, they haven't worked together for 18 years.

Butch recently twiddled the knobs for Green Day's magnum opus "21st Century Breakdown" and did a good job there. Hope his collaboration on the 2 new Foos songs will be as good and maybe even spark off a full production role for their next album.

So, back to the tracklist. Assuming we can fit 16 songs in the album, including the 2 new songs, we'll have to pick 14 of Foos' biggest hits. This is probably how the tracklist will look like:

1. Wheels (new song)
2. New song
3. This Is A Call
4. I'll Stick Around
5. Big Me
6. Monkey Wrench
7. Everlong
8. My Hero
9. Walking After You
10. Learn To Fly
11. All My Life
12. Times Like These
13. Best Of You
14. The Pretender
15. Long Road To Ruin
16. Let It Die

Ok, "Let it Die" might not make it in, but it's a personal favourite of mine. If it's not in, it will probably be replaced by "Breakout", which I don't really like but it seems to get a good response when played live every time.

I'm looking forward to the new songs and I also hope that there will be an accompanying DVD release. But the DVD should include not just the videos for these 16 songs but ALL their videos.

The album title is not out yet but I hope it's something poetic like "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" and not just the boring "Greatest Hits" or "Collection".

One of my favourite hits compilation album title is Janet's "Design Of A Decade". Classy and sums it up perfectly - how these songs from the past 10 years of her career have shaped the music industry and her career, while also implying that it is not a "greatest hits" collection and there are more hits to come.

Let's wait and see what they can come up with come November.



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