Long Road to Ruin

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"Long Road to Ruin"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Released December 3, 2007
Format CD
Recorded March–June 2007
Genre Post-grunge, alternative rock
Length 3:44
Label Roswell/RCA
Producer(s) Gil Norton
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"The Pretender"
(2007)
"Long Road to Ruin"
(2007)
"Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)"
(2008)

"Long Road to Ruin" is the second single from the Foo Fighters' sixth studio album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. The music video was released on November 1, 2007, with the single released on December 3, 2007. The video features an appearance by actress Rashida Jones, and was directed by Jesse Peretz, who had previously collaborated with the band for "Big Me", "Learn to Fly", "The One", and "Low".

Commercial release[edit]

"Long Road to Ruin" topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for seven consecutive weeks and reached number two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks in late 2008. It peaked at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's number-one position on the Modern Rock chart, gave the Foo Fighters a record-setting feat by becoming the first act to reach number one on the chart in each of four consecutive years.

In the United Kingdom, "Long Road to Ruin" peaked in the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Rock Chart.

Track listings[edit]

  • 2-track CD
  1. "Long Road to Ruin"
  2. "Seda"
  • Maxi CD
  1. "Long Road to Ruin"
  2. "Keep the Car Running" (Arcade Fire cover, live from Brighton 18 August 2007)
  3. "Big Me" (Live from Wal-Mart soundcheck)
  4. "Long Road to Ruin" (video)
  • 7"
  1. "Long Road to Ruin"
  2. "Holiday in Cambodia" (Dead Kennedys cover, live from MTV Video Music Awards 2007, featuring Serj Tankian)

Music video[edit]

The music video of the song is a comedic spoof of a stereotypical 1970s-era hospital soap opera (General Hospital in particular), and is essentially a "show within a show". As seen in the opening credit sequence, the Foo Fighters portray the actors who in turn portray the show's characters. Grohl plays "Davy Grolton", who stars as the main doctor, "Hansom Davidoff". Drummer Taylor Hawkins plays "Ty Hawkstone" ("Les Groper", Davidoff's womanizing colleague). Guitarist Chris Shiflett plays "Christopher Mishomotohama" ("Little Jimmy", a severely injured child). Bassist Nate Mendel plays "Ned Bender" ("Saul Goode", the show's shady antagonist). Actress Rashida Jones guest stars as "Racinda Jules" ("Susan Belfontaine", the doctor's love interest).

In order to avoid confusion with the soap opera (also entitled "Long Road to Ruin") and the "real world", the scenes in the soap opera have brown tones to make it more vintage, while the real world retains normal color. There are various accidents and rifts on-stage (a fight between the cast, Grolton inadvertently hitting Jules in the face). Backstage, Grolton's cast mates read a magazine about him becoming a rock star, and later place his debut album on a dartboard and throw darts at it. Upset, Grolton goes outside, only to find screaming teenage girls who want his autograph. After wiping away tears, he accommodates and interacts with them.

The video then cuts to a concert in a mall where he fronts "The Davy Grolton Band" and performs the song. The band is also portrayed by the other Foo Fighter members, in attire appropriate of the era. The scene is inter-cut with flashbacks about Jules. While singing, he sees her amidst the audience filled with the ravenous girls, but she leaves after realizing he has spotted her. He ends the performance to give chase with the fans behind him, but when he finally finds her, she has driven off. Grolton becomes hysterical before continuing his pursuit.

The video is interspersed throughout with scenes of Grolton driving in a car, wistfully singing the song. The final scene has him intentionally driving off a cliff in a typical 1970s television or movie death scene, with the vehicle bursting into flames during the fall. Grolton is clearly in an open-top Jaguar E-Type, but in what was likely an intentional continuity error (or the fact that the E-Type was too valuable to destroy), the vehicle that's crashed appears to be a 1990s Porsche 911. The stock footage would later be used at the end of the video for "White Limo," a track from the following album.

An alternative version of the video, consisting of the Davy Grolton Band performance in its entirety, is available on Entertainment Weekly's website, and available to buy on iTunes.[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007/2008) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[2] 38
Canadian Hot 100[3] 42
German Singles Chart[4] 79
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[2] 21
Portugal Singles Chart[5] 41
Swedish Top 60 Singles Chart[2] 23
UK Singles Chart[6] 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 89
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[8] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "iTunes - Music Videos - Davy Grolton Band "Mall Performance" by Foo Fighters". Phobos.apple.com. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Foo Fighters - Australian Singles Chart Top 50. australiancharts.com. Retrieved on Jan 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Foo Fighters - Canadian Hot 100 Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. ^ Foo Fighters - German Singles Chart Archive charts.de. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ "The Foo Fighters - Long Road To Ruin - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  6. ^ Foo Fighters - UK Singles Chart. officialcharts.com. Retrieved on Jan 20, 2013.
  7. ^ Foo Fighters - Hot 100 Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  8. ^ Foo Fighters - Alternative Songs Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  9. ^ Foo Fighters - Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
Preceded by
"Fake It" by Seether
Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
March 1, 2008 - April 12, 2008
Succeeded by
"Psycho" by Puddle of Mudd

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