I consider myself a pretty well-versed Foo Fighters fan, but this was news to me.
English producer Warren Huart hosts a series of “Inside The Song” videos on his Produce Like A Pro YouTube channel. Last month, he sat down with legendary rock producer Bradley Cook to talk about the recording process that went into one of the Foo’s biggest tunes, “Everlong.”
There were some common-knowledge nuggets that came up (Dave Grohl choosing to nix drummer William Goldsmith’s original drum tracks and re-record them himself, which led to a re-do of the entire album), and some lesser-known facts about the session (Louise Post recording her harmony lines over the phone from Chicago; the studio the band was tracking in was in Los Angeles).
But the biggest–and most disturbing–takeaway was Cook finally confirming what the hell Dave is whispering during the song’s breakdown. You can find that revelation at the 20-minute mark, but definitely dig into the entire video. You’ll never listen to “Everlong” the same way again.