Walk (Foo Fighters song)

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"Walk"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Wasting Light
Released June 17, 2011
Format digital download
Recorded September 6–December 21, 2010 in Dave Grohl's garage
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 4:16
Label RCA
Writer(s) Foo Fighters
Producer(s) Butch Vig
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"Rope"
(2011)
"Walk"
(2011)
"Arlandria"
(2011)
Music video
Walk on YouTube

"Walk" is a song by American rock band Foo Fighters, released as the second single from their seventh studio album Wasting Light. It was written by Dave Grohl and co-produced by Butch Vig.

Release and reception[edit]

The song was released on June 6, 2011 to rock radio. No physical CD single was released; it is only a digital downloadable single. The song reached number one on the Billboard Rock Songs chart on July 20, 2011, dethroning the album's previous single "Rope", giving the band their third number one single on the chart - the most on the chart so far. On February 12, 2012, the song won two awards at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. They also performed the song live at the Grammys. The song was a bigger hit from the album than the preceding hit, "Rope" although it charted slightly lower on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 83 where "Rope" peaked at No. 68. "Walk" also had less time at No. 1 on both the Rock Songs, Alternative Songs and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts but it stayed longer on the charts and longer on the Hot 100 and the music video had more views at nearly 30 million views compared to over 10 millions views for "Rope".

Song information[edit]

According to Dave Grohl, he came up with the verse about "having a trial" after the time he was helping his first daughter Violet Maye on "learning to walk", and eventually she was able to walk on her own. The song was supposed to be on the previous studio album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, but Dave decided to put the final version as the last track of Wasting Light because it "sort of makes sense to the album's theme of time and second chances" and to "end the record on a positive note".[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered online on June 2, 2011. It was directed by Sam Jones and is heavily influenced by the 1993 film Falling Down.[2]

In 2011, the video won Best Rock Video at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Walk"   4:15

In pop culture[edit]

  • Despite not being included on the soundtrack, "Walk" can be heard in the background of the bar scene and in the end credits to the 2011 superhero film Thor.
  • HBO aired a promo featuring the song to promote their 2011 Summer/Fall programming line up
  • The song was made as downloadable content for the videogames Rock Band 3 and Rocksmith.
  • WWE used "Walk" in a video package for Edge's induction into the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame. Edge, who is a huge fan of the band, thanked Foo Fighters in his acceptance speech for providing their music and later decided to play the song again after he said he wanted real rock n' roll to close out the ceremony because he got sick and tired of listening to the Hall of Fame music WWE plays.
  • A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers uses the song when he walks up to bat.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[4] 57
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 49
Belgian Singles Chart (FL) (Ultratop)[6] 25
Belgium (FL) (Ultratip)[6] 3
Belgium (WA) (Ultratip)[6] 34
Canadian Hot 100[7] 49
Canadian Active Rock (America's Music Charts)[8] 2
Canadian Alternative Rock (America's Music Charts)[9] 2
Dutch Top 100 Singles Chart[10] 58
Dutch Top 40[11] 31
Japan Hot 100[12] 32
New Zealand Singles Chart[13] 38
Switzerland Top 75 Singles Chart[10] 74
UK Rock Chart (The Official Charts Company)[14] 1
UK Singles Chart (The Official Charts Company) [15] 57
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 83
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[17] 1
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[18] 1
US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[19] 1

Awards[edit]

Year Award Results
2011 MTV Award for Best Rock Video Won
2012 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance Won
2012 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "【動画】フー・ファイターズが新作アルバムや自伝映画を語る! - ミュージックニュースチャンネル - RealPlayer". Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Music Video News: WATCH IT: Foo Fighters "Walk" (Sam Jones, dir.)". Video Static. Retrieved 2011-06-08. 
  3. ^ Ditzian, Eric (2011-08-28). "Foo Fighters Win, Defend Rock Music At VMAs - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Pandora Archive". Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Foo Fighters - Walk". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  6. ^ a b c "Foo Fighters - Walk". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  7. ^ "Foo Fighters". Billboard. 
  8. ^ America's Music Charts (July 19, 2011). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - July 19, 2011". Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ America's Music Charts (July 12, 2011). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - July 12, 2011". Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Foo Fighters - Walk". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  11. ^ Dutch Top 40. "Foo Fighters Dutch top 40 Archive". www.top40.nl. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  14. ^ "2011-06-25 Top 40 Rock & Metal Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  15. ^ "Official UK Singles Chart - Foo Fighters archive". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  16. ^ Foo Fighters - Hot 100 Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  17. ^ Foo Fighters - Alternative Songs Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  18. ^ Foo Fighters - (Hot) Rock Songs Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  19. ^ Foo Fighters - Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart History billboard.com. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.

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