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"Best of You" performed on Lollapalooza April 7th 2012, feature crowd flashmob =)

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Best of You on Wikipedia
"Best of You"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album In Your Honor
ReleasedMay 30, 2005
FormatCD
RecordedJanuary–March 2005
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length4:16
LabelRCA
ProducerNick Raskulinecz, Foo Fighters
CertificationPlatinum
Foo Fighters singles chronology

"Best of You" is a song by American alternative rock band Foo Fighters, and the first single released from the band's fifth studio album, In Your Honor. Dave Grohl notes that the song was written following appearances at 2004 American presidential candidate John Kerry's campaign trail and is "about breaking away from the things that confine you."[1] To date, it is the band's only single to reach Platinum status in the US.[2] The song holds the band's highest chart peaks in the US (#18), the UK (#4), and Australia (#5), and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The song won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. It also topped Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for seven weeks. Following the band's performance at Live Earth, the song again entered the UK charts at #38.

Background

In an interview discussing the band's successful singles, Dave Grohl notes that: "Best of You is funny because we demoted so many songs for In Your Honor, I'd kind of forgotten about it. Our manager came in and said, "What happened to that Best of You song?" So we pulled it out and worked on it a little more."

Music video

The music video was directed by Mark Pellington, best known for his work on the video for "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam. He was inspired by the death of his wife a few months prior to the shoot, and was drawn to the song's notion of dealing with pain in life.[3]

The video features the band playing on top of abandoned hospital, Linda Vista Community Hospital. Along with the band's scenes are clips that show pain, depression, or anger:

  • Clips with children playing alone or with each other, one scene shows one girl hugging another.
  • A car crash
  • A lion pouncing on its prey, which is a vulture
  • A snake attacks a rodent
  • A zebra kicks another zebra behind itself
  • A snarling wolf
  • Crash test dummies being crushed by a car crash test
  • Men and women showing affection for each other.
  • A nuclear explosion
  • A baby crying
  • A wall covered in writing, including the phrases "Help me," and, "They all died in a fire I started."

Personnel

  • Dave Grohl - Lead vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Chris Shiflett - Lead Guitar
  • Nate Mendel - Bass Guitar
  • Taylor Hawkins - Drums

Covers

Prince covered the song during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLI in Miami, Florida, on February 4, 2007. Drummer Taylor Hawkins expressed surprise by the performance, due to Prince's prior criticism of the band's desire to release a cover version of his song, "Darling Nikki", in 2003.[12]

Anastacia version

"Best of You"
Single by Anastacia
from the album It's a Man's World
Released2 November 2012
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011-12
GenreRock
Length4:20
LabelBMG, Rough Trade
Writer(s)Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett
ProducerGlen Ballard
Anastacia chronology

Anastacia covered the song for her fifth studio album It's a Man's World. The song was released as album's second single, only in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Music video

The music video was filmed in Barcelona, Spain in October 2012.

References

  1. ^ Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters pg. 114
  2. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Foo Fighters singles. RIAA.com.
  3. ^ James Montgomery (2005). "Foo Fighters Get Serious With Director Of Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy'" MTV News (May 12, 2005)
  4. ^ a b c d australian-charts.com. "Australian Chart Archive". http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Foo+Fighters&titel=Best+Of+You&cat=s. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Foo Fighters Music News & Info". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/artist/foo-fighters/121501#/artist/foo-fighters/chart-history/121501?f=343&g=Singles. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  6. ^ irishcharts.ie. "Irish Chart Archive". http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Classifica Mix & Singoli" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 1 September 2005. http://web.archive.org/web/20050901063032/http://www.fimi.it/classifiche.asp?idtipo_classifica=3. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  8. ^ Foo Fighters Chart archive on official Norweigian Charts (IFPI). ifpi.no. (The user has to type in the search field "Foo Fighters"). Retrieved on September 21, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c http://www.everyhit.co.uk/searchsec.php
  10. ^ a b c billboard.com. "Billboard Chart Archive". http://www.billboard.com/artist/foo-fighters/121501#/song/foo-fighters/best-of-you/6383705. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  11. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/artist/_/foo%20fighters/
  12. ^ "Foo Fighters 'Have No Idea' Why Prince Covered Their Song At Super Bowl". MTV. 2007-02-08. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1551990/20070208/prince.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-12-04.

External links

  • "Best of You" Official music video on YouTube
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
   

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