Low (Foo Fighters song)

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Single by Foo Fighters
from the album One by One
B-side "Never Talking to You Again"
Released June 23, 2003
Format CD, vinyl (7"), DVD
Recorded May 2002
Genre Hard rock, post-grunge
Length 4:28
4:35 (Live)
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett
Producer(s) Nick Raskulinecz
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"Times Like These"
"Have It All"
Alternate covers
Artwork for the "DVD/EP" edition
Artwork for the "DVD/EP" edition

"Low" was the third single to be released from the Foo Fighters' fourth album One by One, released in 2002. It was released as a single in 2003.[1] Dave Grohl described "Low" as "the kind of song that you pray would be a single. (...) It’s the one that everybody likes, but there’s just no way ’cause it’s too weird."[2] The song begun as an instrumental demo written by Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins in Hawkins' home studio in Topanga, California, some time after the 2002 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[3]

The official music video features Grohl and Jack Black entering a motel, where they proceed to get drunk, cross-dress and wreck the motel room.[4] Originally, Grohl wanted to just film Black dancing in drag for four minutes with no edits, but director Jesse Peretz convinced him otherwise, instead creating the storyline about rednecks in lingerie at a motel room.[2] The video was banned on MTV for its content.[5]

A live version recorded on December 4, 2002 at the Oslo Spektrum was released with the Special Norwegian Edition of the One by One album.[6]

The B-Side, "Never Talking to You Again", is a Hüsker Dü cover, originally from the album Zen Arcade.

Track listing[edit]

CD (Australia)[edit]

  1. "Low" - 4:33
  2. "Enough Space" (Live in Copenhagen, Denmark, 5 December 2002)
  3. "Never Talking to You Again" (Hüsker Dü cover) (Live in Hamburg, Germany 1 Dec 2002)

"Low" video (CD-ROM)
CD-ROM bonus clip "Chris' Hair"
NOTE: The track listing on the Australian single is incorrectly labelled, with Enough Space and Never Talking to You Again in switched play order

DVD/EP (U.S./Canada)[edit]

  1. "Low" (Video)
  2. "Times Like These" (Video)
  3. "Times Like These" (UK video)
  4. "Times Like These" (Acoustic video)

CD1 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Low"
  2. "Never Talking to You Again" (Hüsker Dü cover) (Live in Hamburg, Germany, 1 Dec 2002)

CD-ROM bonus clip "Chris' Hair"

CD2 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Low"
  2. "Enough Space" (Live in Copenhagen, Denmark, 5 December 2002)

"Low" video (CD-ROM)

7-inch (UK)[edit]

  1. "Low"
  2. "Never Talking to You Again" (Hüsker Dü cover) (Live in Germany 1 Dec 2002)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 40
Canadian Singles Chart (physical) (Nielsen SoundScan)[8] 30
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 44
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 21
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[11] 6
US Billboard Hot Singles Sales[12] 10
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 15
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 23

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Foo Fighters - Low. discogs.com. Retrieved on Jan 20, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Dave Grohl Sees A Fortune In Video Directing, Not Probot mtv.com. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  3. ^ The (very nearly) unexpurgated Dave Grohl transcript from Spin's November 02 Foo Fighters cover story fooarchive.com. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Dave Grohl, Jack Black Hit New ‘Low’ Dressing As Drag Queens For Video mtv.com. Retrieved April 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Banned Music Videos - Loudwire. loudwire.com. Retrieved on Jan 20, 2013.
  6. ^ Foo Fighters - One by One - Special Norwegian Edition. discogs.com. Retrieved on January 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Foo Fighters – Low". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Foo Fighters - Awards - Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Foo Fighters". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Foo Fighters: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "Foo Fighters - Hot Singles Sales search results". billboard.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Foo Fighters Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Foo Fighters Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 14, 2016.