Medium Rare (Foo Fighters album)

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Medium Rare
Foo Fighters - Medium Rare.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedApril 16, 2011 (2011-04-16)
GenreRock, hard rock
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.TitleWriter(s)Original appearanceLength
1."Band on the Run" (Paul McCartney & Wings cover)Paul McCartney, Linda McCartneyRadio 1 Established 1967, 2007 (Recorded in 2004)5:08
2."I Feel Free" (Cream cover)Jack Bruce, Pete Brown"DOA" single, 20052:56
3."A Life of Illusion" (Joe Walsh cover)Joe Walsh, Kenny Passarelli"Times Like These" single, 20033:40
4."Young Man Blues" (Mose Allison / The Who cover; Live at Austin City Limits, Austin, Texas, September 28, 2008)Mose AllisonVH1 Rock Honors 2008*5:28
5."Bad Reputation" (Thin Lizzy cover)Brian Downey, Scott Gorham, Phil LynottNot previously recorded, 20112:33
6."Darling Nikki" (Prince and The Revolution cover)Prince"Have It All" single, 20033:24
7."Down in the Park" (Tubeway Army cover)Gary NumanSongs in the Key of X & "Monkey Wrench" single CD2, 19974:07
8."Baker Street" (Gerry Rafferty cover; Live at the BBC Radio 1 evening session, April 30, 1997)Gerry Rafferty"My Hero" single, 19985:39
9."Danny Says" (The Ramones cover; featuring Gregg Bissonette on drums)Joey Ramone"All My Life" single, 20022:59
10."Have a Cigar" (Pink Floyd cover; featuring Brian May)Roger WatersMission: Impossible II soundtrack, 20004:15
11."Never Talking to You Again" (Hüsker Dü cover; Live at Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany, December 1, 2002)Grant Hart"Low" single, 20031:45
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, 1996/20040:57
13."This Will Be Our Year" (The Zombies cover)Chris WhiteNot previously recorded2:44
Total length:45:33

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 (Album Top 100)[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 7-8 & 12), lead guitar (track 5)
  • 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 (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Foo Fighters Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 29, 2016.