Dave Grohl’s failed David Bowie collaboration is finally being released

Written by Tyler Jenke on 31st May, 2018
Dave Grohl’s failed David Bowie collaboration is finally being released

Dave Grohl is the sort of musician who seems to have found a way to work with every musical legend there is, however it appears that the one artist he could never manage to collaborate with properly was the great David Bowie. Now, an abandoned project between the two is set to be released, with a mystery band performing the track.

Back in 2016, Dave Grohl revealed that years after last seeing David Bowie while performing at his 50th birthday party in 1997, he contacted Bowie with the concept of collaborating on a track that Dave was working on with intentions of contributing it to a film soundtrack.

“About two years ago, I got approached by this movie to do a song for the movie, so I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll have someone else sing. I’ll do the music and then have another vocalist,'” Grohl explained. “And then I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll ask and see if David would do it.'”

“So the next day I get an email and it said, ‘David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it’s not my thing.’ He said, ‘I’m not made for these times. So thanks, but I think I’m gonna sit this one out.'”


However, in a recent interview with GQ (via The Independent), Dave Grohl revealed that the track he never got the chance to work on with Bowie is still around, and is set to be released by an unnamed band sometime in the future.

“I actually gave it to someone recently,” Grohl revealed. “I tried for years, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. We tried it, kind of worked on it, then I actually contacted Bowie about doing it together for this movie soundtrack, that didn’t work out. He didn’t like the movie, it wasn’t me, it was the movie.

“Then I started working on it again, and I then gave it to another band, who hasn’t used it yet.”

While Dave Grohl hasn’t revealed just who the band that he’s given it to, saying he doesn’t want to “spoil the surprise”, one has to wonder just how similar to the original version this new track will be.

In early 2017, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins revealed the one track by the band he regrets was also written for a film, with ‘The One’ appearing on the soundtrack for Orange County in 2002.

“I’ve always hated this song,” he explained. “I hate the way it sounds, the production of it. It was a total cop out.”

“It isn’t the best, we’ll admit – sounding like it was smashed out quickly, which it seems it was.”

“We were really trying to finish One By One. I liked the messed-up ugliness of that record, but we got asked by Tom Hanks’ son Colin Hanks to do the song for this movie called Orange County,” he continued. “Dave wrote it, I wasn’t crazy about it. It was straight-up pop – and there’s nothing wrong with that – but we were still trying to figure out how to be the Foo Fighters.”

Let’s just hope that however this new track sounds, it doesn’t end being as regrettable as Taylor Hawkins’ felt ‘The One’ was.

Check out David Bowie & the Foo Fighters performing ‘Hallo Spaceboy’:



The article was originally published on Tone Deaf

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