Medium Rare (Foo Fighters album)

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Medium Rare
Foo Fighters - Medium Rare.jpg
Compilation album by Foo Fighters
Released April 16, 2011 (2011-04-16)
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 45:33
Foo Fighters chronology
Wasting Light
Medium Rare
Sonic Highways

Medium Rare is a covers album by Foo Fighters. The album was released on April 16, 2011 as a limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day, an event that celebrates independent record stores.[1] Apart from the new recordings of "Bad Reputation" and "This Will Be Our Year" and the live version of "Young Man Blues", all tracks have been previously released as B-sides or in other compilation albums.[2]

A CD edition of the album was also given free to new subscribers of Q magazine for a limited time, with the song "Darling Nikki" omitted.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Original appearance Length
1. "Band on the Run" (Wings Cover) Radio 1 Established 1967 5:08
2. "I Feel Free" (Cream Cover) "DOA" [Single] 2:56
3. "Life of Illusion" (Joe Walsh Cover) Times Like These Japanese EP 3:40
4. "Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison Cover; live at Austin City Limits) VH1 Rock Honors 2008* 5:28
5. "Bad Reputation" (Thin Lizzy Cover) Not previously recorded 2:33
6. "Darling Nikki" (Prince and The Revolution Cover) "Have It All" [Single] 3:24
7. "Down in the Park" (Tubeway Army Cover) Songs in the Key of X & "Monkey Wrench" [Single CD2] 4:07
8. "Baker Street" (Gerry Rafferty Cover; live at BBC Radio 1 Evening Session April 30, 1997) "My Hero" [Single] 5:39
9. "Danny Says" (Ramones Cover; featuring Gregg Bissonette on drums) "All My Life" [single] 2:59
10. "Have a Cigar" (Pink Floyd Cover; featuring Brian May) Mission: Impossible II Soundtrack 4:15
11. "Never Talking to You Again" (Hüsker Dü Cover; live, Hamburg, Germany, 1st December 2002) "Low" [Single] 1:45
12. "Gas Chamber" (Angry Samoans Cover; live at BBC Radio 1 Evening Session November 23, 1995) "Big Me" [Single] & Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 0:57
13. "This Will Be Our Year" (The Zombies Cover) Not previously recorded 2:44
Total length:

Note: "Darling Nikki" does not appear on the Q Magazine CD and Humo release. Although the official description says only 2 are previously unreleased, "Young Man Blues" was previously recorded but doesn't appear on any releases.


Foo Fighters
  • Dave Grohl – lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar (tracks 7, 8)
  • Pat Smear – rhythm guitar (tracks 5,7,8,12)
  • Nate Mendel – bass guitar
  • Taylor Hawkins – drums (except tracks 7,9,12), backing vocals on tracks, lead vocals (tracks 2,3, 10)
  • Chris Shiflett – lead guitar (except tracks 7,8,12), lead vocals on "Danny Says"
  • William Goldsmith - drums (tracks 7, 12)
Additional personnel


  1. ^ "Foo Fighters To Release Covers Album". 2011-03-14. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Roffman, Michael (2011-03-14). "Foo Fighters dish out details on Medium Rare". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 15 March 2011.