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
Label Roswell/RCA
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 Writer(s) Original appearance Length
1. "Band on the Run" (Paul McCartney & Wings cover) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney Radio 1 Established 1967, 2007 (Recorded in 2004) 5:08
2. "I Feel Free" (Cream cover) Jack Bruce, Pete Brown "DOA" single, 2005 2:56
3. "A Life of Illusion" (Joe Walsh cover) Joe Walsh, Kenny Passarelli "Times Like These" single, 2003 3:40
4. "Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison/The Who cover; Live at Austin City Limits, Austin, Texas, 2008) Mose Allison VH1 Rock Honors 2008* 5:28
5. "Bad Reputation" (Thin Lizzy cover) Thin Lizzy Not previously recorded, 2011 2:33
6. "Darling Nikki" (Prince and The Revolution cover) Prince "Have It All" single, 2003 3:24
7. "Down in the Park" (Tubeway Army cover) Gary Numan Songs in the Key of X & "Monkey Wrench" single CD2, 1997 4:07
8. "Baker Street" (Gerry Rafferty cover; Live at the BBC Radio 1 evening session, April 30, 1997) Gerry Rafferty "My Hero" single, 1998 5:39
9. "Danny Says" (The Ramones cover; featuring Gregg Bissonette on drums) Joey Ramone "All My Life" single, 2002 2:59
10. "Have a Cigar" (Pink Floyd cover; featuring Brian May) Roger Waters Mission: Impossible II soundtrack, 2000 4:15
11. "Never Talking to You Again" (Hüsker Dü cover; Live at Hamburg, Germany, December 1, 2002) Grant Hart "Low" single, 2003 1:45
12. "Gas Chamber" (Angry Samoans cover; Live at the BBC Radio 1 evening session, November 23, 1995) "Metal Mike" Saunders, Gregg Turner "Big Me" single & Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2, 1996/2004 0:57
13. "This Will Be Our Year" (The Zombies cover) Chris White 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.


Chart (2011) Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[3] 51
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[4] 24
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[5] 17


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. 
  3. ^ " – Foo Fighters – Medium Rare" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums for Foo Fighters. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for Foo Fighters. Retrieved April 29, 2016.