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“Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters

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    “Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters (official video) is an alternative rock song.

    Song Title: Monkey Wrench (official video)
    Artist: Foo Fighters
    Album: The Colour and the Shape
    Genre: modern rock alternative rock post-grunge hard rock
    Composer: Copyright © 1997 Dave Grohl
    Lead Vocals: Dave Grohl
    Lead Guitar: Dave Grohl
    Rhythm Guitar: Pat Smear
    Bass Guitar: Nate Mendel
    Drums: Dave Grohl
    Producer: Gil Norton
    Recorded: 1997 at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, California
    Released: April 28, 1997 (Roswell/Capitol)
    Number of listens: 14026
    Current rank: 1446 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 1310 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

    Modern Rock: peak #9 (nine), 15 weeks on chart, 1997
     Billboard chart listings courtesy of Billboard Magazine

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Monkey Wrench” is the first single released from the second Foo Fighters album, The Colour and the Shape. Blistering lyrics chronicled the 1997 disintegration of singer/song writer Dave Grohl’s four year marriage to Jennifer Youngblood. The song spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart (now the Alternative Songs chart), topping out at number 9.

Musical analysis

    Monkey Wrench is an up-tempo rock song, written in the key of B and performed with distorted guitars in Drop-D tuning. The song opens with a descending guitar line over a chordal riff of B5/F#5/E5 for two bars. After a gap, the main verse enters with vocals and a choppier, palm-muted version of the intro riff. A pre-chorus using an E5 power chord then gives way to a chord-based chorus of B5/G#5/F#5/E5/F#5/E5/C5/B5.

Music video

    The music video was directed by the band’s lead singer/songwriter Dave Grohl. In the video, Grohl arrives at his apartment with groceries in hand. He walks into an elevator, as he tries to walk into the door he is stopped by the chain latch and peers in through the peephole. There a doppelganger set of the whole band is shown playing. The rest of the bandmates (save guitarist Pat Smear) walk out of their apartments and join Grohl as he views the band in his room. Smear then peers out of his apartment and is beckoned to join in the view. As the doppelganger band continues with the song Dave and his bandmates try to force their way into Grohl’s apartment. As the lyrics go on, the doppel-Dave taunts the band, spitting onto the peephole lens and holding the door shut as he screams “free”. When the door is finally opened, the musicians have left, and the first iteration of the band picks up their instruments to finish playing the song. Out in the hall, a third set of bandmates is listening, creating a recursive situation.

    When Grohl is in the elevator heading up to his apartment, a muzak version of the Foo Fighters song “Big Me” can be heard.

    The music video for the song was the first to feature Taylor Hawkins on drums, although the actual drum track is performed by Grohl.

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music news

    The Foo Fighters performed with Mick Jagger on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” May 21, 2012.

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