Shame Shame

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"Shame Shame"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Medicine at Midnight
ReleasedNovember 7, 2020 (2020-11-07)
Recorded2019–2020
StudioUnnamed house in Encino, Los Angeles
Length4:17
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"The Line"
(2018)
"Shame Shame"
(2020)
"No Son of Mine"
(2021)
Music video
"Shame Shame" on YouTube

"Shame Shame" is a song by American rock band Foo Fighters. The song is from the band's tenth studio album, Medicine at Midnight. It was released as the album's first single on November 7, 2020.[1]

Background[edit]

Foo Fighters' singer and guitarist Dave Grohl has stated that "Shame Shame" is unlike anything Foo Fighters have ever done before and that the song allowed them to "move into another territory" with their sound on their new album, Medicine at Midnight.[2]

According to the band's bassist Nate Mendel, "Shame Shame" started off as a "just a bunch of clicks from Dave" and originally didn't involve any bass line until he ended up recording extra parts for the song that were ultimately included.[3]

Live performances[edit]

Foo Fighters performed "Shame Shame" live for the first time on Saturday Night Live on November 7, 2020.[4][1] On September 12, 2021 the band performed the song in a medley at 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, when they won the award for Global Icon.[5][6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Paola Kudacki and features Sofia Boutella. Grohl has stated that it was inspired by an unsettling dream he had as a teenager that he had remembered all his life and said that the video was darker than anything they had done before.[7]

Reception[edit]

With 9.3 million audience impressions for "Shame Shame", Foo Fighters took back the record of most number 1's on the Billboard Rock Airplay chart, which also marked the fastest rise to the top of the chart in four years.[8]

Charts[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Results
2021 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video Nominated
2021 MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography Nominated
2021 MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Dowd, Rachael (November 9, 2020). "Here's How Foo Fighters' New Single is Unlike Anything They've Done Before". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Chris Shiflett and Nate Mendel tells us how Foo Fighters' unexpectedly funky new single 'Shame Shame' happened. Alexander Pan, Tone Deaf, 08 November 2020. Retrieved 08 November 2020.
  4. ^ Chan, Anna (November 8, 2020). "Foo Fighters Debut New Song 'Shame Shame' on 'Saturday Night Live,' Announce Upcoming Album | Billboard". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Savage, Mark (September 13, 2021). "MTV Awards 2021: More sparks fly on red carpet than on stage". BBC News Online. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  6. ^ Legaspi, Althea (September 12, 2021). "Foo Fighters Bring Us Back to the '90s With 'Everlong', 'Learn To Fly' at the 2021 VMAs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  7. ^ Reilly, Nick (November 10, 2020). "Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters' 'Shame Shame' video: "It's darker than anything we've ever done"". NME. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  8. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (November 17, 2020). "Foo Fighters Take Back Record for Most Rock Airplay No. 1s With 'Shame Shame'". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2020.
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