Almost a year and a half ago I wrote that the Foo Fighters had challenged me to reconsider my praise for them after listening to Concrete and Gold. Sure they are great and their longevity has made them rock icons, but the persistent attack of blistering guitars on the album at the time had really numbed my senses. The back-end of the album was really enjoyable, a nice change to the seriously loud, front-end of shredding guitars and Taylor Hawkins’ heavy hitting drum work.

So, you would think from my whinge here, I am going to choose one of the albums ditty acoustic numbers as one of the songs on my stereo this week. But you know what? I’m not. I’m going to choose The Sky Is A Neighbourhood because it is as good as anything the Foo Fighters have ever recorded before.

In short, it is a guitar chugging rock anthem inspired by a Dave Grohl hobby. Back in 2017, Grohl explained, “One night I was lying out looking up at stars. Just imagining all of these stars as places that have life on them as well, and I decided that the sky is a neighborhood, that we need to keep our s— together in order to survive in this universe full of life. But I had no music yet. I just had the title. So every day I would walk around, kind of humming this thing in my head.”

So there you go, a great little story that eventually inspired a whole lot of racket. Enjoy!

Photo credit: The night sky of the Milky Way was photographed by astronomer Håkon Dahle. It is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

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  1. I have the Foos down as a great singles band who grew into a great albums band. The last trilogy of Back To Tape albums has really proven their LP skills. They made a classic in Color & The Shape and then lost their focus for quite a time. Next week is Foo Fighters week on SFTD

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  2. The Burning Blogger Of Bedlam March 2, 2019 at 5:44 am

    This particular single was my favourite Foos single in a while. But in general I never like the Foos’ poppy, radio-targeted stuff at all: always prefer all the heavier stuff, like White Limo and Feast and the Famine, while I really struggle with stuff like The Best of You and Learn to Fly.

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