Dave On The Acoustic Side Of 'In Your Honour'
WHAT IF I DO
Dave Grohl reminisces about home
"It's an ode to North Carolina. I lived there from 1991- 2002, on the coast where there were these beautiful sand dunes. It's to do with finding yourself by disappearing."
Guest spot number one from Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones
"I'm a huge Zeppelin fan. John Paul Jones is more than just a bass player. He's an arranger, a composer. He came in, listened to the song, put it on piano, played it a few times and it was done."
Zep legend Jones sets his mandolin out
"Sitting in my control room in a studio that I built with my friends, looking at John Paul Jones, remembering the times I dropped acid listening to 'Going to California', was amazing."
FRIEND OF A FRIEND
Dave's first ever song, written In Kurt Cobain's house In '91
"I'd just moved up to Seattle and joined Nirvana. I'd moved in with Kurt in this dirty little apartment. That was the first song I'd ever written on an acoustic guitar with vocal. It gives a nod to the past, where the rest of the record is about looking ahead."
OVER 'N OUT
The Foos at their most natural-sounding
"I wrote it five years ago and demoed it in my basement. It was an experiment doing something more mellow. One of the things I love about the acoustic record is that there's mics in front of instruments and not a lot between that and the tape. I love it."
ON THE MEND
The track that was born In Britain
"It's a simple, easy-feeling song. It was written in London. I wrote it sitting in a hotel room. It's another example of how we'd start with an acoustic guitar, do that first, and then start adding to it."
Foos get away with going bossa nova by getting Norah Jones in
"It needed a female vocal. I had this Norah Jones record and thought, 'It's her vibe.' When I first told everybody I got the same reaction: 'Norah Jones? That doesn't make any sense.' But I could hear it in my head. After we did it, I thought, 'This is weird, shall we put it on?' and they said, 'That's exactly why we should put it on."
COLD DAY IN THE SUN
Taylor fronts the Foos; Dave gets back behind the kit
"Taylor is a secret weapon. He'd written a song years ago and we tried to record it as a rock track. But it made more sense as an acoustic thing. I love it because it's a feelgood hit."
Josh Homme cotlaborates on this Nick Drake-inspired ballad
"Before I recorded it I played at a tsunami benefit in LA. I sat up all night trying to write this song, and it didn't work. I woke up early and started writing lyrics and got it right as the car was coming to pick me up. I was up in the dressing room practising it and Josh (Homme) and I were sharing a room. I said, 'There's a second guitar harmony in this song, try it out.' We played it and I said 'When I record it, you should come down and do it with me.'"