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Friday, May 5, 2006

“Cold Day” Warms Me to Foo Fighters
The irony of the band’s latest song

Filed under: Opinion, Recent Releases

Okay, I admit I was never that big of a Foo Fighters fan to begin with. Sure, songs like "Learn to Fly" and "Best of You," have their appeal, but on the whole I could take or leave the majority of the band's catalog.

So it was with a bit of surprise that I found myself enjoying "Cold Day in the Sun" on the radio, when the announcer revealed it was the Foo Fighters. My first thought was, "that's not Dave Grohl singing," and indeed it wasn't, it was the Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins taking vocal lead, and I thought how ironic.

Dave Grohl was of course, the drummer for Nirvana. Now leader and lead singer of his own band, it's interesting that he let his drummer take the lead in a song. But the real irony is that Hawkins sounds just a bit like... Kurt Cobain.

"Cold Day" is part of the Foo Fighters latest album In Your Honor, which is a two-disc set - one hard rock, the other more acoustic - though it wouldn't be out of place on Nirvana's Unplugged CD. It is a catchy tune with just enough bitterness and sadness that makes both acoustic Nirvana and Foo Fighters a treat to listen to. The rest of the vocal duties of In Your Honor are of course handled by Grohl, with a few guest vocalists popping in here and there.

I don't know if Grohl will relinquish more singing to Hawkins, and I doubt Hawkins will spin off and form his own band, but for me Hawkins' voice is more appealing than Grohl's. I would like to see what Hawkins would do with one of the Fighter's more edgy songs. Perhaps Grohl and company worried too much that Hawkins would remind fans too much of Cobain and Nirvana, but I'd hope we hear more by Hawkins. Until then, I'll continue to enjoy "Cold Day in the Sun" and see what happens next.

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