Learn to Fly

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"Learn to Fly"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Released September 18, 1999
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 3:55
Label Roswell/RCA
Certification Gold (RIAA)[1]
Gold(CAN)[2]
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"Walking After You"
(1998)
"Learn to Fly"
(1999)
"Stacked Actors"
(2000)
Alternative cover
(CD2)

"Learn to Fly" is the first single from the Foo Fighters' third album There Is Nothing Left to Lose, released in 1999.

Release and reception[edit]

The "Learn to Fly" single was released as a two disc CD set in the UK and Australia, as well as in Europe and promotional singles were also released in other countries such as the US for radio play.[3] In the US it was the band's first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 charting at number 19,[4] and was the band's first #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[5] It is also their highest charting on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart along with the 1996 hit "Big Me", reaching #13.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Jesse Peretz and won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.[7]

The music video for the song takes place on an commercial airliner, parodying the movie Airplane!, and by extension, the films Airport 1975 and its sequel Airport '77. Two airline mechanics (played by Jack Black and Kyle Gass from Tenacious D) smuggle and hide their narcotic known as "World Domination brand 'Erotic' Sleeping Powder"[8] in the coffee-maker. This ends up incapacitating everyone who drinks the coffee. The take off sequence, in addition to the crew members hiding ulterior criminal motives, are a near shot-by-shot homage to the film Airport '77. The band, having avoided the coffee (choosing liquor instead), mirroring Karen Black's role in Airport 1975, find themselves forced to land the plane. For the video, each band member (Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, and Taylor Hawkins) portrays himself as well as several other roles, including an FBI agent who arrests the two mechanics. The premise of smuggling drugs in airplane coffee is nearly identical to an actual smuggling operation that was uncovered in 1997.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Learn to Fly"
  2. "Iron and Stone" (The Obsessed cover)
  3. "Have a Cigar" (Pink Floyd cover)
Disc 2
  1. "Learn to Fly"
  2. "Make a Bet"
  3. "Have a Cigar" (Pink Floyd cover)
Promo
  1. "Learn to Fly"

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"The Chemicals Between Us" by Bush
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 6, 1999
Succeeded by
"The Chemicals Between Us" by Bush
Preceded by
Enemy by Days of the New
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
November 15, 1999 – December 20, 1999
January 17, 2000
Succeeded by
"Take a Picture" by Filter
"Take a Picture" by Filter

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Foo Fighters singles. RIAA.com.
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – January 2010". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  3. ^ Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly discogs.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Foo Fighters - Billboard Hot 100 Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Foo Fighters - Billboard Alternative Songs Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  6. ^ Foo Fighters - Billboard Radio Songs History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  7. ^ http://www.grammy.com/nominees/search?artist=Foo+Fighters&field_nominee_work_value=Learn+to+fly&year=All&genre=All
  8. ^ http://www.foofighters.com/faq.php?id=06.04#goto Foo Fighters FAQ. Accessed December 27, 2006
  9. ^ "Smuggling sting nabs 55 from airline, contractor". CNN. 
  10. ^ a b c d Learn To Fly positions. australian-charts.com. Retrieved on December 01, 2012.
  11. ^ Canadian RPM Singles Chart Archive - Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 11, January 17 2000 collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  12. ^ Canadian RPM Alternative Chart Archive - Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 11, January 17 2000 collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  13. ^ Dutch Top 40. "Foo Fighters Dutch top 40 Archive". www.top40.nl. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Foo Fighters - UK Singles Chart archive officialcharts.com. Retrieved 06 March, 2013.
  15. ^ Foo Fighters - Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs Chart billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  16. ^ Foo Fighters - Billboard Adult Pop Songs History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  17. ^ Foo Fighters - Billboard Pop Songs History blloard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 08 April 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly". Music Canada. Retrieved 08 April 2013. 

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