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Music video by Foo Fighters performing This Is A Call (Live on Letterman). © CBS Interactive Music Group, a division of CBS Radio, Inc.

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"This Is a Call"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Foo Fighters
ReleasedJune 19, 1995
Vinyl (7" & 12")
RecordedOctober 1994 at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle
June 7, 1997 at Downing Stadium in New York City
Writer(s)Dave Grohl
ProducerFoo Fighters, Barrett Jones
Pat McCarthy, Sylvia Massy
Foo Fighters singles chronology

"This Is a Call" is the first major single released by the Foo Fighters from their self-titled debut album. It was released in 1995. No video was made for the song.

The song debuted at number 12 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and quickly rose to a peak of number 2, held off the top by Alanis Morissette's hit "You Oughta Know". The song also charted at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart, their highest peaking single in this chart along with "All My Life", with both holding this record until "Best of You" reached number 4 in 2005.

The band played the song live on the Late Show with David Letterman toward the end of the summer in 1995. It was the band's first national television performance. Since this performance David Letterman has become an avid fan of the band and Foo Fighters have played on the show 11 times.

"This Is a Call" was released as a downloadable content for the Rock Band series of video games on December 23, 2008.


"This Is a Call" is one of the few songs on the debut album that does not date from Dave Grohl's days with Nirvana. It was a new song written in the summer of 1994, months after Kurt Cobain's death. Grohl married his long-time girlfriend Jennifer Youngblood and wrote the song while on honeymoon in Ireland, "In that summer of 1994 I'd travelled a lot; I think I wrote 'This Is A Call' in Ireland. When I got back I booked five days in a recording studio, which seemed like an eternity, and I did the whole first Foo Fighters album in five days".[1]


The track begins with the sound of the guitar lead being plugged in. The song is in the key of E major, and begins with the strumming of a first-position E major chord with clean tone to accompany the lyrics. The band enters on a G chord, on which the guitar switches to a distorted tone. The chorus is a three chord progression in the key of F#, running from F#-A-E.

A guitar interlude consisting of a succession of power chords in the key of E7 then follows, beginning with just one guitar and drums.


Dave Grohl said about the song: "The chorus says 'This is a call to all my past resignation'. It's just sort of like a little wave to all the people I ever played music with, people I've been friends with, all my relationships, my family. It's a hello, and in a way a thank you."[2]

"'This Is A Call' just seemed like a nice way to open the album, y'know, 'This is a call to all my past resignations...' I felt like I had nothing to lose, and I didn't necessarily want to be the drummer of Nirvana for the rest of my life without Nirvana. I thought I should try something I'd never done before and I'd never stood up in front of a band and been the lead singer, which was fucking horrifying and still is!"[1]

Other versions

  • A live version recorded on June 15, 1996 at the Golden Gate Park as part of the Tibetan Freedom Concert was released on the "Free Tibet" DVD.
  • Another version recorded at the following year's version of the festival on June 7, 1997 at the Downing Stadium was released on the "Tibetan Freedom Concert" live album.

Personnel on record

Dave Grohl - guitars, vocals, bass, drums

Personnel on Tibetan Freedom Concert 1996

  • Dave Grohl - guitar, vocals
  • Nate Mendel - bass
  • Pat Smear - guitar
  • William Goldsmith - drums

Personnel on Tibetan Freedom Concert 1997

  • Dave Grohl - guitar, vocals
  • Nate Mendel - bass
  • Pat Smear - guitar
  • Taylor Hawkins - drums


12" UK vinyl promo single
  1. "This Is a Call" (Grohl) - 3:52
  2. "Podunk" (Grohl) - 3:03
7" Vinyl single Stamped Label / French CD single / Japan CD single / 7" single
  1. "This Is a Call"
  2. "Winnebago" (Grohl, Turner) - 4:11
7" One-sided vinyl single / UK promo CD
  1. "This Is a Call"
12" luminous vinyl single / UK CD single / Radio promo CD
  1. "This Is a Call"
  2. "Winnebago"
  3. "Podunk"
Cassette tape single / Australian CD single / Dutch CD single
  1. "This Is a Call"
  2. "Winnebago"
  3. "Podunk (Cement Mix)"
  • "Podunk (Cement Mix)" is seemingly exactly the same mix and version as the standard version of "Podunk". The reason for this is unknown.


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Foo Archive, June 2008
  3. ^ Dutch Top 40. "Foo Fighters Dutch top 40 Archive". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 


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