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Fraser McAlpine | 10:43 UK time, Thursday, 15 October 2009

Foo Fighters

Just quickly, before we get to the Foofs, it's important to say that the renowned rock monster Michael Bublé also has a single out, and as you'd expect, it's pretty brutal. He's shredding like a demon, there's a lot of swearing and shouting, and the only bits where he's not banging on about Satan are the bits where he's cussing out everyone who ever did him wrong, using the worst language the human mind can conjure up.

Oh sure, to the untrained ear it sounds like a fully grown man singing the 'What I've Been Looking For' song from High School Musical, but trust me, us music experts know pure filth when we hear it. It's all in the subtext.

Hell, his surname alone is two sexual references stuck together, the man's a wrong 'un.*

(Here's the Foo Fighters video. They're pretending to play live in a barn.)

Of course, if he had a direct opposite, if there was someone in the musical world who embodied gruff and snarly on the outside, nice and smiley on the inside, it'd be Dave Grohl (or possibly one of the lesser Slipknots. The one who has a snuggly pink lining in his mask).

For all that the Foofs can ROCK like MUTHAS, it's their winning way with a proper tune which is the chief reason why their upcoming greatest hits CD isn't just wishful thinking on their part. And this is a very good example.

It's a sweet tune, sung with a lot of heart, accompanied by a tasty riff, full of folksy twiddle, and set in a creamy classic rock surround. And if that sounds more like the sort of description you'd find in a box of quality chocolates, well, isn't that the way people treat rockular music these days? It's less about the giddy thrill of listening and more about the craftsmanship of the people who make it.

So yes, as a song, it's a bit Nickelbacky - which is ironic, given Nickelback's Nirvana fetish - it's just four chords churning around and around, and yes, it's got Top Gear written all over it, but who could refuse Diamond Dave's cutie-pie hamster chops? WHO, I ASK YOU?

Apart from Bad Man Bublé, obv...

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(Fraser McAlpine)

*NOTE: Some or all of the preceding text may be a total lie.


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