Friend of a Friend (Foo Fighters song)

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"Friend of a Friend"
Song by Foo Fighters
from the album In Your Honor
Released1992, 1998, 2005, 2006
GenreAcoustic rock
LabelSimple Machines (1992)
Melody Maker (1998)
RCA (2005 and 2006)
Songwriter(s)Dave Grohl
Producer(s)Barrett Jones, Geoff Turner (1990), Simon Askew (1997), Nick Raskulinecz, Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett (2005), Gil Norton (2006)

"Friend of a Friend" is an acoustic song by Foo Fighters, featured on their 2005 album In Your Honor. The song is performed solely by Foo Fighters' guitarist/lead vocalist Dave Grohl.

An earlier version of this song was recorded in 1990, after Grohl had joined the band Nirvana.

Song history[edit]

"Friend of a Friend" was the first acoustic song Dave Grohl had ever written.[1]

The song was written by Grohl in 1990 (and recorded in secret the same year), and it was about his first impressions of new Nirvana bandmates Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.[2] He first wrote it in Kurt's Olympia apartment when Grohl stumbled upon an acoustic guitar owned by Cobain (referring to the lyrics "It was his friend's guitar"). The recorded song was released in 1992 in a collection of songs (entitled Pocketwatch) under the pseudonym 'Late!'

On April 30, 1997, the song was recorded for a BBC Evening Session. In 2005, Grohl revisited the song, recording it again for the acoustic disc of the Foo Fighters' In Your Honor. The song was also included on the band's live album Skin and Bones.


Uncut praises the song, calling it an "uncharacteristically spiked critique of slackerdom that bears an eerie Cobain influence".[3]


Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
2019 The Guardian United Kingdom Dave Grohl's Landmark Songs[4] N/A

Recording and release history[edit]

Studio versions[edit]

Date recorded Studio Producer Releases Personnel
1990 WGNS Studios or Upland Studios, US Barrett Jones, Geoff Turner Pocketwatch (1992)
April 30, 1997 BBC Radio 1, UK Unknown Not released but aired on BBC Evening Session in 1997
  • Dave Grohl: vocals, guitars, drums and bass
January–March 2005 Studio 606 West, Northridge, Los Angeles Nick Raskulinecz In Your Honor (2005)
  • Dave Grohl: vocals, guitar

Live versions[edit]

Date recorded Venue Releases Personnel
August 29–31, 2006 Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles Skin and Bones (2006)
  • Dave Grohl: vocals, guitar


  1. ^ "In Your Honor : Dave Grohl's Guide To Every Song". Foo Archive. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  2. ^ [1] "Everyone Has Their Dark Side" - Dave Grohl interview with Q Magazine, 2005
  3. ^ "Foo Fighters - In Your Honour - Review". Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  4. ^ Barlow, Eve (August 16, 2019). "Dave Grohl: 'I never imagined myself to be Freddie Mercury'". The Guardian. Retrieved August 22, 2019.