Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins spoke to Apple Music Essentials and shed light on how the band’s 1997 tune “Everlong” came to become its signature song. Grohl and Hawkins were promoting the group’s latest album, Medicine At Midnight, when they were asked about the iconic track that originally appeared on the Foo’s 1997 The Colour And The Shape album.

Ultimate-Guitar.com transcribed their chat in which Taylor Hawkins explained, “The initial release of (‘Everlong’) wasn’t an insanely huge hit, it wasn’t really until Dave did the acoustic thing on (Howard) Stern. It wasn’t as big of a hit at the time as the way people see it now. I remember because I remember us thinking like it’s not performing as well as we wanted it to. We wanted to be the biggest band in the world by that point.”

Dave Grohl, who wrote the song, shed light on the original recording of “Everlong”: “It was just a riff that we were messing around with in between takes of other songs, and then we took a break from recording for Christmas, and then I was in Washington, D.C. and had sort of worked the whole thing out. And there was a friend of mine, Geoff Turner, who’s this sort of legendary D.C. punk rock dude who had a studio, and I’m like: ‘Hey, can I book a day to come in and record a new idea?’ So I went in and spent the afternoon and recorded a demo of it, just by myself.”

Grohl went on to admit, “But at that time, nobody really imagined us having this massive commercial success, we were still playing theaters and stuff like that. We didn’t think we were going to be like Aerosmith or something. It was just like, ‘Oh, cool, we got a good song.'”

FAST FACTS

  • Foo Fighters‘ “Everlong” was released on May 20th 1997 on the band’s second studio set, The Colour And The Shape.
  • Written by Dave Grohl, the song featured Grohl on rhythm guitar, drums, and vocals; Pat Smear on lead guitar; and Nate Mendel on bass.
  • “Everlong” peaked at Number Three on Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and took on a life of its own when Dave Grohl performed a solo acoustic version on The Howard Stern Show.
  • In 2013 “Everlong” was ranked Number One Rolling Stone’s “Best Foo Fighters Songs Readers Poll” as well as Triple M’s 2014 list of “Modern Rock 500” tracks.

SIDE NOTES

  • The latest Foo Fighters album, Medicine At Midnight, entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at Number Three. The band was able to hit the top spot on the magazine’s Top Album Sales list.
  • So far, Medicine At Midnight has topped the charts on the Australian, Belgian, Dutch, German, Irish, New Zealand, Scottish, Swiss, and UK album charts.

CHECK IT OUT: Dave Grohl in 1998 performing “Everlong” live on The Howard Stern Show: