Dave Grohl tells the story of how the Foo Fighters’ latest album came to be, in an animated short film. Cartoon Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), and Alison Mosshart (The Kills) appear in ‘The Making of Concrete and Gold’, alongside Grohl and the real version of them appear on the record. Even more interesting is the story of how Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele, Pink) inspired him to record the album.
Grohl says the idea of getting Kurstin of the Los Angeles pop duo The Bird and the Bee to produce the album came to him about four years ago when one of their songs played on the car radio.
“It blew my mind,” Grohl says of the song Again and Again. It was like electronic jazz with this beautiful voice over top of it. Melodically, it was so much more sophisticated than anything I’d ever heard. It had elements of the Beach Boys and of the Beatles but it seemed totally modern and I became obsessed.”
After the inspirational moment in the car, the Foo Fighters came out of hiatus, released the Sonic Highways album in 2014, performed on David Letterman’s final show, did the ‘Broken Leg Tour‘, completed a heap of other projects before going into the studio to record ‘Concrete and Gold’.
To find out what happened next, watch Foo Fighters – The Making of Concrete & Gold.
Watch the YouTube video for Again and Again by The Bird and the Bee, the song that inspired the collaboration and another one of their videos for the song Will You Dance? starring Patton Oswalt and Simon Helberg.
Read: The show must go on, about Dave Grohl’s ‘Broken Leg Tour’, published in Core Magazines in partnership with Red Bulletin