Foo Fighters are not splitting up, contrary to recent speculation. The inherent crapness of that idea was exhibited to the highest degree in a video they uploaded, which parodied the idea of a Dave Grohl solo career and the renaissance of the other Foo Fighters members under a new leader – whether Bieber, Liam Gallagher or Phil Collins. This band’s comical fan-baiting has become commonplace over the years. Here are 13 of their best bits so far.
1. Dressing up in drag with Jack Black
Dave Grohl and Jack Black play rednecks who get boozy and sweaty in this motel-set clip, before unexpectedly dressing up in drag, turning out the lights, and switching the video to sex tape-style night vision green. The clip was banned by MTV.
2. Being unashamedly weird on SNL
Ok, so this is while Dave Grohl was part of Nirvana, but this zany clip of a younger him is totally in line with his humour of 2016.
3. Staging a love-in with Will Ferrell
“We mean every single fuckin’ word,” says Will Ferrell about this Stevie Nicks/Don Henley collaboration where they address their deep love for one another, along with their inherent incompatibility. “Lovers forever, face to face…”
4. Living it up with Lemmy
Who’s gonna pick you up in a white limo when you’re down? Motörhead’s late frontman Lemmy, who also supplies the band with booze aplenty as he smokes up front at the steering wheel. This video also gave the world a beautiful GIF.
5. Their porn-ribbing tour advert
This bizarre clip, advertising the band’s 2011 tour, casts them as a group of truckers who stop at a service station, enter the showers together and get soapy together. Once they re-enter their trucks, the tour information comes on. Makes loads of sense.
6. Trolling the Westboro Baptist Church
In response to that video, the Westboro Baptist Church announced they would be picketing the band’s Kansas City show. They showed up in force with signs reading things like, “America is doomed” and “Soldiers die 4 fag marriage”. Grohl and co retaliated in their customary humorous fashion, but also gave their response some bite: they dressed up as rednecks, hanging up a load of American flags, and singing a newly composed country tune about ‘hot man muffins’, called ‘Keepin It Clean’. Mid-song, Grohl shouts out, “Ladies and gentlemen, God bless America! Land of the free, home of the brave! I don’t care if you’re black or white or purple or green, whether you’re Pennsylvanian or Transylvanian, Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, it takes all kinds.” The final moments of the video show one of the picketers saying, “I love that song”, obviously not having got what it was about at all.
7. Rickrolling the Westboro Baptist Church
Westboro turned up again in Kansas, this time in August 2015. The Foos responded by driving out in a pick-up truck, blasting out Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, and holding up signs saying “You got rickrolled (again)” and “Keep it clean”. Grohl commented, “We didn’t have enough time to put together the big old show that we put on last time, so we figured, you know what, why don’t we just fucking RickRoll their ass? Cause nothing says love like a little Rick Astley in your life, you know what I’m saying?
“We do it because we feel like we’re standing up for what we think is right,” he added.
8. Mocking old soaps
One of many Foos videos directed by Girls and director Jesse Peretz, this one has Grohl playing Davy Grolton, a soap star who’s in love with his disinterested co-star (Parks and Recreation’s Rashida Jones). It’s as melodramatic as the soap it represents, with Grohl eventually tumbling off a cliff in a tragicomic moment of cry-driving.
9. Taking swipes at complementary ticket holders
“Don’t make me make you do the fucking wave. Because I’ll do it. I will get a wave going, you rich motherfuckers in the box seats. Look at you. They own car dealerships and shit up there. I know who you are, you’ve got a fucking carpet cleaning company. I get it. You got tickets from the hockey team or some shit, it’s all good.
“Just so you know, I’m going to rock your fucking balls just as hard as these f–king motherfuckers. You can sit there eating your chicken fingers, but your ass is mine motherfucker. That’s just how I roll. Hope y’all got some fucking ranch with that shit!”
10. Moving on from past differences
A guy called Chet Lott beat Dave Grohl at their high school battle of the bands in Virginia. They sang Bowie/Queen collab ‘Under Pressure’ together when they were reunited in Memphis last year. “I may have won the battle,” Lott says, “but you won the war.”
11. Being ‘high as a fucking kite’ when designing the Grohl throne
After breaking his leg in June 2015, Grohl had to cancel a couple of Foos shows, but soon showed up again on the tour on top of a majestic throne. Talking about its design, which you can see below, he said, “I took a couple oxycodones and drew a picture… I was high as a fucking kite.” Still made the throne though.
12. Recovering from addiction
Josh Homme is the sad voice in this tale of Grohl’s addiction to caffeine, put out after Them Crooked Vultures had been in the studio. Apparently Grohl actually had to go to hospital because of a caffeine overdose, but still managed to make light of it here, after reducing his coffee intake…
13. Going all The Nutty Professor
There’s a real touch of Eddie Murphy’s multi-roling to this Airplane!-style video from 1999. It remains one of their classic pieces of comedy.