Monday, May 23, 2011

THE ROCK SONG OF THE DAY IS: FOO FIGHTERS - LEARN TO FLY

"Learn To Fly", by Foo Fighters
"Learn to Fly" is the first single from the Foo Fighters' third album There Is Nothing Left to Lose.

It was released on two different singles in the UK in 1999. "Learn to Fly" is one of the band's most successful and recognized singles, including being their first Modern Rock #1 song on the Billboard charts, beating their single "This Is a Call"'s previous peak of #2. Reaching #19, it is also the band's second highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, while being their highest charting on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart along with the 1996 hit "Big Me", reaching #13.

The music video for the song takes place on an airplane, parodying the movie Airplane!. Two airline mechanics (played by Jack Black and Kyle Gass from Tenacious D) hide "World Domination brand 'Erotic' Sleeping Powder" in the coffee-maker, which ends up incapacitating everyone who drinks the coffee. The band, having avoided the coffee (choosing liquor instead), finds themselves forced to land the plane. For the video, each band member (Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins) portrays himself as well as several other roles.

Also, as in the music video for "Monkey Wrench", a Foo fighters song is played as Muzak in the beginning, this time with "Everlong" from The Colour and the Shape. The premise of smuggling drugs in airplane coffee is nearly identical to an actual smuggling operation that was uncovered in 1997.

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