|From Album:||The Colour and the Shape|
|Released:||August 18, 1997|
|Recorded:||1997 at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, CA|
|Last Single:||"Monkey Wrench"|
|Next Single:||"My Hero"|
The song itself was conceived when Grohl returned home to Washington, DC following the initial recording sessions for the album. It was eventually recorded as part of the second set of sessions, which took place at Grandmaster Recorders in January-February 1997.
During the instrumental break, three indecipherable tracks whispered by Grohl can be heard. The exact wordings are unknown, but according to the official Foo Fighters newsgroup FAQ, the source materials are a love letter, a technical manual, and a story about a studio technician's father. Grohl himself has only confirmed the use of the technical manual.
Although the song is normally performed with electric guitars, vocalist/guitarist Dave Grohl's solo acoustic variation gained popularity after an impromptu rendition on Howard Stern's radio show in 1997. Ever since then, when the band performs Everlong, it usually is in the acoustic version of the song.
A different acoustic version of this song concludes the 2006 live CD and DVD Skin and Bones.
The expressionistic, satirical video for the song was directed by Michel Gondry. The running time of the video exceeds that of the original version of the song, so in order to accommodate this, the final chorus is followed by a brief interlude consisting of the last few seconds of the song played backwards, then followed by a repeat of the chorus. This version is used only for the video.
The video starts with a shot of two mysterious men heading towards a house and a view of the inside of the house with pictures of a happy couple all over the walls (played by Grohl as the man and Hawkins in drag as the woman). The scene ends in the bedroom with the couple sleeping in bed, and we begin to enter the dreams of each (which are all presented in desaturated colors, while the "reality" bedroom scenes are in black and white).
The Grohl character's dream takes place in a party (populated by people in punk fashion) in which he and the Hawkins character (in attire perhaps based on Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen) encounter two ill-intentioned men dressed like Teddy Boys (played by Pat Smear and Nate Mendel).
The video then transitions to Hawkins' dream (strongly reminiscent of The Evil Dead), where she is sitting alone in a shabby cabin deep in a dark forest while Grohl gathers logs outside. Hawkins is dressed in pig tails and a "Save the Whales" sweater, while Grohl sports a modest haircut and striped sweater. A hand suddenly reaches out from under the floorboards, frightening Hawkins.
The scene switches back to Grohl's dream, where Hawkins is harassed by the two men. As Grohl witnesses this he becomes angry and his right hand swells to an enormous size. He uses the hand to push away Smear and slap Mendel around as the party-goers watch in horror. He then beats up Smear, and both villains are shown on the floor before disintegrating in a flash of light. The two reawaken separately in the Hawkins dream, with Mendel in a basement, and Smear in the forest.
Back in the Grohl dream, Grohl and Hawkins flee from the party into a gray room filled only by a giant black rotary phone. As the phone deafens the couple with its ring, Grohl climbs it and tries in vain to lift the receiver. In "reality," he is awakened by his own bedside phone, which he answers only to realize that Hawkins is on the other end, calling from her own dream.
There, Hawkins is shown blocking the entrances in the cabin as the two villains try to break in, while an unaware Grohl continues gathering logs. Hawkins then frantically dials a phone, and the scene is intercut with shots of Hawkins (in the dream) and Grohl (in reality) communicating by phone.
After the villains successfully bind Hawkins to a chair, Grohl forces himself to fall asleep again in order to rescue her. He initially finds himself in another dream, lying in a bed with several women who have their legs spread over him. He then finds himself back in the Hawkins dream, with the legs turning into the logs. Some drop to the ground and leave him with two logs connected by a chain, resembling nunchaku. He runs up to the door of the house to find Smear (with a giant axe) and Mendel (with a chainsaw) about to kill Hawkins. Grohl brandishes the log nunchaku, and then drops them as his hand swells again. He beats up Smear while Hawkins sneaks away to grab a pan which she uses to knock Mendel out. The two exchange loving smiles before walking out and throwing the unconscious attackers into a small pond.
The video transitions back to the couple asleep in bed. The camera pans over to reveal the two villains standing over them ominously before coming out of their disguises. The alarmed couple wakes up, and the four group members finish playing the song together with their instruments in the bedroom as themselves.
|Euro Hot 100 Singles Cart||36|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||34|
|UK Singles Chart||18|
|U.S. Hot Modern Rock Tracks||3|
|U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|