Rare early versions of two Foo Fighters tracks have emerged from studio sessions of the famed ‘Million Dollar Demo’ the band recorded before it would eventually turn into their 2002 album One By One.
As was seen in the Foo Fighters documentary Back and Forth, the band had gathered to begin recording their fourth album in Los Angeles at the end of 2001. After spending four months, and around a million dollars poured into the recording, the band decided that it “Just didn’t sound right”. Tension amongst the band members caused them to have a brief hiatus while Grohl went away to help Queens of the Stone Age complete their 2002 album Songs for the Deaf.
After a number of months Grohl reconvened with Hawkins, Shiflett and Mendel, and spoke about giving the album another try. They spent only 10 days at Grohl’s home studio to re-record it, but better results came out of this session. They ended up releasing nearly the entire re-recorded album as One by One.
The scrapped recording session from Los Angeles eventually became known as the “Million Dollar Demo”, and has been leaked online in small pieces over the years, but now we’ve got two full versions of the tracks Have it All and Come Back.
Dave Grohl hinted on Facebook last year that the band would be recording their eighth studio album and follow-up to the massively successful Wasting Light, which saw them tour Australian late last year (and play some smaller secret shows earlier in the year as well).
Listen: Foo Fighters – Have it All (Demo)
Listen: Foo Fighters – Come Back (Demo)