I'll Stick Around

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"I'll Stick Around"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Foo Fighters
Released September 4, 1995
Format CD
Vinyl (7" & 12")
Recorded October 1994 at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle
May 25, 1997 at Manchester Apollo in Manchester (live)
Genre Post-grunge, Grunge
Length 3:52
4:10 (live)
Label Roswell/Capitol
Writer(s) Dave Grohl
Producer(s) Foo Fighters, Barrett Jones
Miti Adhikari (live)
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"This Is a Call"
"I'll Stick Around"
"For All the Cows"
Music sample

"I'll Stick Around" is the second single released by the Foo Fighters from their 1995 self titled debut album Foo Fighters.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video for this song was the first Foo Fighters music video and was directed by Jerry Casale, who was a member of and directed videos for Devo. Casale said he was chosen due to Devo's well-known surreal music videos, which would fit Grohl's request for a "non-video video", done for just $60,000. The video shows the band performing the song in a room with a paper background while lights strobe and a giant spore floats around them (the spore, described by Casale as "Foo Ball", was inspired by the foo fighter phenomenon that named the band, and its original conception was a "bloated, charred, inflated girl representing Courtney", but as Grohl's management vetoed the idea, it was replaced by an "3D HIV virus based on medical models from Scientific America (sic) magazine"). This is interspersed with footage of Dave Grohl eating chess pieces (an idea by the singer itself, done with "frame by frame stop-action animation") and brushing his teeth with what appears to be a butter knife (although there is no blood).[2] During the choruses, Dave Grohl jumps up and down which became famous when fans would jump around like Grohl during live performances. The video was featured in an episode of Beavis and Butt-head.

Other versions[edit]

Personnel on record[edit]

Dave Grohl - guitars, vocals, bass, drums

Personnel in video[edit]


UK promo CD/ US promo CD

  1. "I'll Stick Around"

7" Red Vinyl single / Cardsleeve CD Single

  1. "I'll Stick Around"
  2. "How I Miss You"

UK CD single/12" vinyl single

  1. "I'll Stick Around"
  2. "How I Miss You"
  3. "Ozone" (Ace Frehley cover)

Japanese CD Maxi-Single

  1. "I'll Stick Around"
  2. "How I Miss You"
  3. "Ozone" (Ace Frehley cover)
  4. "For All the Cows" (live at the Reading Festival, August 26, 1995)"
  5. "Wattershed" (live at the Reading Festival, August 26, 1995)"


Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 61
Canada RPM Alternative 30[4] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 18
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 8
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[7] 12


  1. ^ Foo Fighters - I'll Stick Around discogs.com. Retrieved 20 April, 2013.
  2. ^ Apter, Jeff (2006). The Dave Grohl Story. Music Sales Group. pp. 291–2. ISBN 978-0-85712-021-2. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  4. ^ Canadian RPM Singles Archive - Rock/Alternative - Volume 62, No. 13, October 30 1995 collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 26 May, 2014.
  5. ^ "Foo Fighters: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Foo Fighters.
  7. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Foo Fighters.

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