This Is a Call

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"This Is a Call"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Foo Fighters
Released June 19, 1995
Format CD
CD-R
Vinyl (7" & 12")
Cassette
Recorded October 1994 at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle
June 7, 1997 at Downing Stadium in New York City (live at Downing)
Genre Post-grunge
Length 3:52
3:45 (live at Downing)
Label Roswell/Capitol
Capitol (live at Downing)
Writer(s) Dave Grohl
Producer(s) Foo Fighters, Barrett Jones
Pat McCarthy, Sylvia Massy (live at Downing)
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"Exhausted"
(1995)
"This Is a Call"
(1995)
"I'll Stick Around"
(1995)

"This Is a Call" is the first major single released by the Foo Fighters from their self-titled debut album. It was released in 1995.[1]

Origins[edit]

"This Is a Call" is one of the few songs on the Foo Fighters' debut album that does not date from Dave Grohl's days with Nirvana. It was a new song written in the summer of 1994, months after Kurt Cobain's death. Grohl married his long-time girlfriend Jennifer Youngblood and wrote the song while on honeymoon in Ireland, "In that summer of 1994 I'd travelled a lot; I think I wrote 'This Is A Call' in Ireland. When I got back I booked five days in a recording studio, which seemed like an eternity, and I did the whole first Foo Fighters album in five days".[2]

Release and reception[edit]

The song debuted at number 12 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and quickly rose to a peak of number 2,[3] held off the top by Alanis Morissette's hit "You Oughta Know". The song also charted at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

No music video was made for the song however the band played the song live on the Late Show with David Letterman toward the end of the summer in 1995. It was the band's first national television performance. Since this performance David Letterman has become an avid fan of the band and Foo Fighters have played on the show 11 times.

In other media[edit]

"This Is a Call" was released as a downloadable content for the Rock Band series of video games on December 23, 2008.

Lyrics[edit]

Dave Grohl said about the song: "The chorus says 'This is a call to all my past resignation'. It's just sort of like a little wave to all the people I ever played music with, people I've been friends with, all my relationships, my family. It's a hello, and in a way a thank you."[5]

"'This Is A Call' just seemed like a nice way to open the album, y'know, 'This is a call to all my past resignations...' I felt like I had nothing to lose, and I didn't necessarily want to be the drummer of Nirvana for the rest of my life without Nirvana. I thought I should try something I'd never done before and I'd never stood up in front of a band and been the lead singer, which was fucking horrifying and still is!"[2]

Other versions[edit]

Personnel on record[edit]

Dave Grohl - guitars, vocals, bass, drums

Singles[edit]

12" UK vinyl promo single
  1. "This Is a Call" (Grohl) - 3:52
  2. "Podunk" (Grohl) - 3:03
7" Vinyl single Stamped Label / French CD single / Japan CD single / 7" single
  1. "This Is a Call"
  2. "Winnebago" (Grohl, Turner) - 4:11
7" One-sided vinyl single / UK promo CD
  1. "This Is a Call"
12" luminous vinyl single / UK CD single / Radio promo CD
  1. "This Is a Call"
  2. "Winnebago"
  3. "Podunk"
Cassette tape single / Australian CD single / Dutch CD single
  1. "This Is a Call"
  2. "Winnebago"
  3. "Podunk (Cement Mix)"
  • "Podunk (Cement Mix)" is seemingly exactly the same mix and version as the standard version of "Podunk". The reason for this is unknown.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[6] 9
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[7] 29
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[8] 1
Dutch Top 40[9] 38
Dutch Top 100 Singles Chart[6] 32
Irish Singles Chart[10] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 11
UK Singles Chart[4] 5
US Modern Rock Tracks[3] 2
US Mainstream Rock Tracks[11] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foo Fighters - This Is a Call discogs.com. Retrieved 20 April, 2013.
  2. ^ a b http://www.fooarchive.com/features/kerrangjune06.htm
  3. ^ a b Foo Fighters - Billboard Alternative Songs Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Foo Fighters - UK Chart Archive officialcharts.com. Retrieved 20 April, 2013.
  5. ^ Foo Archive, June 2008
  6. ^ a b c Foo Fighters - Australian Singles Chart Top 50. australiancharts.com. Retrieved on Jan 20, 2013.
  7. ^ Canadian RPM Singles Archive - Top Singles - Volume 62, No. 9, October 02 1995 collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  8. ^ Canadian RPM Singles Archive - Rock/Alternative - Volume 61, No. 25, July 24 1995 collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  9. ^ Dutch Top 40. "Foo Fighters Dutch top 40 Archive". www.top40.nl. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Irish Chart Archives - User must do an artist search for "Foo Fighters" irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 20 April, 2013.
  11. ^ Foo Fighters - Mainstream Rock Tracks History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.