Sure, we all know the Foo Fighters hits – “Monkey Wrench”, “Everlong”, “Learn To Fly”, “All My Life” and the list goes on! But did you know the Foos have an entire catalogue of awesome b-sides and non-album tracks for you to discover? Here are 15 awesome Foo Fighters songs you never knew existed!
This track isn’t even a Foo Fighters song, it was first recorded as a demo under the “Late” moniker before recorded and released as a Nirvana b-side on the “Heart Shaped Box” single in 1993. Still one of the coolest and haunting melodies in the Grohl arsenal.
2. Damn You Damn Everyone
This song was never properly recorded, only played live by the band during the 1997/1998 tours in support of “The Colour and The Shape”. For some reason the song was shelved during the recording of “There’s Nothing Left To Lose” but it’s one of the catchiest unreleased songs in the Foo archive!
3. The Colour and The Shape
The title track to the album of the same name wasn’t actually on the album until the 2007 re-issue. Either way, this is pure in your face, heavy, screaming Foo Fighters.
This is a cover of a Killing Joke song released on the “Everlong” single in 1997. Who cares if the Foos didn’t write it, it has a seriously badass riff!
5. Drive Me Wild
This is a cover of a song by American girl group Vanity 6, also released as a b-side to “Everlong”. Who knew the Foo Fighters could be so sexy?!
The movie “Godzilla” from 1998 was crap, but the soundtrack was awesome! Wallflowers, Fuel, Rage Against The Machine and more made up the track list, and the contribution from the Foos was among their best. This is the opposite of “Learn To Fly”, with Dave singing of his fear of airplanes.
7. Gimme Stitches
“There’s Nothing Left To Lose” is solid from front to back, and “Gimme Stitches” is one of its champions. Dave takes the riff from “Slow Ride” and takes it in a much bloodier direction.
“Fraternity” is a b-side from the “Generator” single in 2000, and is one of the best Foo b-sides. It’s one of those “Should have been on the album” kinda songs.
9. Win Or Lose
This song was recorded by the band a few times, first under the title “Make A Bet” and then fleshed out a little more as “Win or Lose”. Either way, this song is awesome!
This track comes from the “Times Like These” single in 2003, and is one of the band’s best unsung rock ballads.
11. The Sign
This could be the ultimate Foo-side. Released only as a bonus track on the “In Your Honor” double album in 2005, this song was meant to be played on a million radios around the world. A lost hit!
12. Kiss The Bottle
Guitarist Chris Shiflett takes over vocals on this Jawbreaker cover from the “Best Of You” single. It’s pure punk rock awesomeness, perfect for a sunny day.
This song was only ever recorded as a demo and released on the “Resolve” single in 2005. While not as flashy as some other Foo songs, it’s got a great melody and builds to an awesome conclusion.
14. Cheer Up Boys (Your Makeup Is Running)
A straight up Foos rocker from “Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace” that is often overlooked but sounds great when cranked up.
A relatively new favourite from the “Saint Cecilia” EP in 2015, this song is pure fun and just a great, energetic Foos song to rock out to!