Like with Nirvana, I am a late-comer to the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl is the constant there, I know. I think, back in the late 80s and 90s, I was a bit of a goody-two-shoes when it came to music. It’s like I didn’t want to listen to anything that may have been considered too offensive, or maybe that my parents wouldn’t approve of. I played it safe. This meant I overlooked a whole heaps of great bands.
I read a Kurt Cobain biography in 2001. 10 years after Nevermind was released. It was then I decided to listen to some Nirvana. Well, more than just About a Girl. I grew a fascination with all things Kurt and now have all the albums, singles and about five biographies.
I am not sure when I started to like the Foo Fighters. Maybe when The Best of You was released? I regret not being aware of their music at the time Learn to Fly, Next Year, Everlong and Walking After You were released. These are all great songs and I love listening to them now.
I downloaded a heap of Foo Fighters songs about four years ago. This song was one of them.
Dave Grohl covering Elton John’ Tiny Dancer. That very specific song is the music I’ve been missing.
I thought of this song today when I saw a movie trailer to some 3D dance movie. A crummy remix of Tiny Dancer was playing. I like the the Tori Amos and Ben Folds covers of Tiny Dancer, but the Dave Grohl version is by far my favourite. (I actually love a heap of song covers more than the original, and might just tell you about them someday.)
I first heard Tiny Dancer about 30 years too late, when I watched Almost Famous in 2000. I am so glad I heard it, because the lyrics are beautiful.
I love, love, LOVE the movie Almost Famous, and often dreamed of being a music journalist like William Miller. I think it’s a movie that every wannabe rockstar or music journalist or ‘band-aid’ can relate to.
This scene with Stillwater, William Miller and Penny Lane on the bus is amazing.
I love Penny Lane’s line ‘you are home’. William was in his element singing on that bus with the band he admired and the girl he loved.
Dave Grohl’s version takes me back to this wonderful movie. I enjoy the way he recounts the scenes in Almost Famous. He definitely ‘recreates that magic’ that he speaks of.
I think Dave Grohl’s Tiny Dancer is amazing. Sigh.
What song covers do you enjoy, even more than the original?