In a recent interview with the BBC, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl prescribed three albums for any aspiring musician to listen to and one of the choices has heavily hinted at a love for disco.
His third album of choice was one that truly brought the party to music class. “I mean, come on, let’s just go with Saturday Night Fever. Look, if you put Saturday Night Fever on it’s going to feel like Saturday night, but it could be a Monday morning,” he said championing the classic Bee Gee’s disco soundtrack. Adding, “I like myself a little party now and then. I do like to dance.”
It was later announced that for record store day on July 17th of this year, the Foo Fighters will be donning the alter ego the Dee Gees for a ten-track album Hail Satin, covering four Bee Gees tracks – ‘You Should Be Dancing’, ‘Night Fever’, ‘Tragedy’ and ‘More Than A Woman’ – plus Andy Gibb’s ‘Shadow Dancing’. They’ll also be reworking five Medicine at Midnight tracks with fresh disco stylings: ‘Making A Fire’, ‘Shame Shame’, ‘Waiting On A War’, ‘No Son Of Mine’ and ‘Cloudspotter’.
Speaking to Jo Whiley about their forthcoming disco debut, Grohl announced, “While we were having this conversation [in the studio] somebody said, ‘Hey, have you seen that Bee Gees documentary?’ And I was like the last person on earth – the only person that hadn’t seen it! So I was like, ‘Why don’t we just do a Bee Gees song?’ And someone was just like, ‘Okay… how do you wanna do it?!’ And I said, ‘Well, let’s do it like the Bee Gees.’
He then added, “We started recording the instrumental track, and then I thought, ‘Okay, well I’m gonna go out and sing it…’ and let me tell you: I have never, ever in my life sung like that, but it was the easiest song I have ever sung in my entire life! I sang the song, and it was like six minutes and I was done. I should have been singing like this for the last 25 years!”
With Old Grey Whistle Test style disco lights and Grohl’s falsetto in full swing, the video is a total send-up to a bygone era.