|Single by Foo Fighters|
|from the album The Colour and the Shape|
|Released||August 18, 1997|
|Recorded||1997 at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, CA|
|Genre||Alternative rock, post-grunge|
|Length||4:10 (Music video: 4:50)|
|Foo Fighters singles chronology|
"Everlong" was written against the background of the break-up of Dave Grohl's first marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood. Having returned home to Virginia for Christmas 1996, Grohl turned the initial riff into a complete song and wrote the lyrics after falling for a new woman, "That song's about a girl that I'd fallen in love with and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly.".
The surreal, satirical video for the song was directed by Michel Gondry. The running time of the video exceeds that of the original version of the song; this version is used only for the video. Although Taylor Hawkins appears in the video as the drummer, Dave Grohl actually plays the drum track on the original album recording, as Hawkins had not yet joined the band. The music video is, in part, a parody of the film The Evil Dead.
The video starts with a black and white shot of Smear and Mendel outside of a house where Grohl and Hawkins (playing his wife) supposedly live. The video then transitions to Grohl's dream, in which he is a punk rocker at a party in which Hawkins' character is getting harassed by Mendel and Smear. The video transitions to Hawkins' dream, in which his character is reading a book, when, all of a sudden, a supposedly undead being creeps up from the floorboard (parodying Evil Dead.) The video transitions back to Grohl's dream, when his hand enlarges and begins to attack Smear and Mendel, after which they vaporise, and wake up in Hawkins' dream. Grohl wakes up after he hears his phone ring. Meanwhile, in Hawkins' dream, Hawkins' character tries to fend of the zombies, while Grohl gets firewood. Hawkins' then attempts to call Grohl, to which point he wakes up. Grohl realizes Hawkins' plight, and tries to wake his character up, to no avail. Grohl goes back to sleep, only to reappear in Hawkins' dream. Grohl then proceeds to save Hawkins and throw the zombies in the lake. The video transitions back to real life to show that Mendel and Smear are in the house. The video takes a surreal twist as real-life Mendel and Smear pop out of the characters' heads. Grohl and Hawkins wake up, and the band finishes the video by playing out the rest of the song.
A live version appears on the Live at Wembley Stadium DVD which was released in 2008.
Although the song is normally performed with electric guitars, vocalist/guitarist Dave Grohl's solo acoustic variation gained popularity after an impromptu rendition on Howard Stern's radio show in 1997. The band has performed it acoustically since then and an acoustic performance concludes their 2006 live CD and DVD Skin and Bones. Additionally, an acoustic version of Everlong was released on Foo Fighters' 2009 Greatest Hits album.
The song is American comedian and talk show host David Letterman's favorite song, and so is regularly played by the house band, Paul Shaffer, and the CBS Orchestra on his Late Show. On his first night back on air after heart surgery, Letterman had Foo Fighters on his show, introducing them by saying, "Here they are, ladies and gentlemen—my favorite band playing my favorite song—Foo Fighters!" Dave Grohl, in the middle of performing the song, welcomed Letterman back to television.
A more upbeat, uptempo version of the song can be heard at the beginning of the music video for the Foo Fighters song "Learn To Fly" when Jack Black puts the drug in the coffee maker. This version of the song is much like the version of Big Me that can be heard in the beginning of their Monkey Wrench video.
Usage in media
"Everlong" has been featured in the music-themed video games Rock Band 2, Rock Band Unplugged, Guitar Hero World Tour (which is exportable to other games) and Rocksmith 2014. It is also included in Rock Band for the iOS.
In popular culture, an arrangement of the song for string quartet was used in the Friends episode "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding", when the characters Chandler and Monica get married, and also in the Daria episode "Lane Miserables", while Daria watches from a window as Trent and Monique are walking away. "Everlong" was also used in Martin Scorsese's 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street. The song was also used briefly in the movie Little Nicky while Nicky is ascending his girlfriend's apartment building.
- UK CD1 (blue cover)
- UK CD2 (grey cover)
- Australian CD single, Australian limited edition maxi-single digipack with bonus poster and Netherlands slimbox CD single
- Netherlands card sleeve CD single
- "Down in the Park
- Promo (black cover)
- UK Limited Blue Vinyl Edition (blue cover)
- "Drive Me Wild" (Vanity 6 cover)
Charts and certifications
- Ranked #45 in Kerrang! magazine's "100 Greatest Rock Tracks Ever" (1999)
- Ranked #39 in Kerrang! magazine's "100 Greatest Singles of All Time" (2002)
- Ranked #22 in Stylus magazine's "100 Music Videos of All Time" (2006)
- Ranked #28 in VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs"
- Ranked #9 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time (2009)
- Ranked #48 in NME's "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years" (2011)
- Ranked #1 in Triple M's Modern Rock 500 (2014), which charted listeners' most popular rock songs since the 1980s. Everlong scored twice as many votes as the #2 song, Black by Pearl Jam.
- Ranked #6 in "Triple J"'s Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years (2013)
- Dave Grohl - vocals, lead guitar, drums
- Pat Smear - rhythm guitar
- Nate Mendel - bass guitar
- William Goldsmith - drums on the b-side "Down in the Park"
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