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Foo Fighters’ ‘Hot Buns’ Video Has All Hot And Bothered

Posted by James Montgomery On August - 31 - 2011

Foo Fighters

Blame it on our post-VMA hangover (Jay-Z was in the mood to celebrate!) but despite it premiering on Monday, we’re just getting around to marveling at the Foo Fighters’ brand-new “Hot Buns” video today.

And, wow. Just … wow. In theory, it’s an announcement for the band’s upcoming fall tour, but in actuality, it’s so much more: a steamy, soapy, frequently NSFW shower scene that features the Foos as road-weary truckers who relax with some good-natured man-on-man action in a rest-stop bathroom. As the title implies, there are most definitely some buns on display (a whole lot of them), not to mention a few “drop the soap” jokes and even a pixilated shot of someone’s junk. And, as pop-culture site After Elton puts it, it’s “one of the most overtly homoerotic (and just plain weird) things we’ve ever seen.”

Of course, it’s not all that shocking to us. Because, really, the Foo Fighters have had something like this in them for years. In fact, their back catalog is loaded with songs that rank pretty high on the old homoerotic scale. For proof (and as a way of scrubbing the image of the band’s pasty backsides from your memory,) we’ve thrown together a little list of other Foo songs that could’ve gotten the “Hot Buns” treatment.

» “Big Me”
» “Weenie Beenie”
» “Everlong”
» “Stacked Actors”
» “Come Back”
» “End Over End”
» “Cheer Up Boys (Your Makeup Is Running)”
» “But, Honestly”
» “Come Alive”
» “Back & Forth”

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Which Rock Bands Of Today Will Be The Classic Rock Bands Of Tomorrow?

Posted by MTV News On August - 8 - 2011

By Zachary Swickey

The classic rock sounds of The Eagles and Steely Dan are what I grew up on. Other than the occasional Enya or Kenny G album (help me!), my dad was constantly playing me songs from his youth. I recall him putting on “Be True to Your School” by the Beach Boys and commenting that his parents must’ve loved that. I even argued that Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s solo in “Fade to Black” was the greatest of all time … until my father proved me wrong by playing Eric Clapton’s guest guitar-work on the Stephen Stills solo tune “Come Back Home,” which remains my favorite solo to this day.

This had me wondering, in 40 year’s time what music from today will be considered classic rock? Here are five rock acts that I think won’t be leaving the radio anytime soon.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
There are few rock outfits that people have as much admiration for as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their spastic funk jams are the perfect happy-go-lucky music for road trips. (Do you think we’ll still have those in the future?) The band dates back to the ‘80s yet remains as relevant as ever today. Songs like “Scar Tissue” and “Under the Bridge” have become automatic sing-a-longs, and even less popular hits like “Zephyr Song” have a great timelessness to them. I anticipate my future children knowing every word to “Can’t Stop” like I do.

Kings of Leon
If the Kings of Leon don’t disband and keep churning out the radio hits we love, then you can count on them still being on the airwaves in 40 years. With the exception of their recent tour cancellation, the guys are masters of the road. If they aren’t in the studio, then they are usually on tour somewhere in the world, which helps them stay in the spotlight. My prediction is “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody” will be sung at karaoke bars and danced to by strippers for many more years to come. (Personally, I’d dance to “Crawl.”)

Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl is a living legend of rock – the dude was the drummer for a band that changed the face of music – yet he was still able to pick up a guitar and start another very successful rock band. Similar to the Peppers, people just love the Foo (the two even went on tour together in ‘99). Their music videos always have us grinning and their songs always get us rocking. If their more somber tunes like “My Hero” and “Everlong” are not enough to cement their place in future classic rock radio, “The Pretender” and “Best of You” certainly are.

Tool
Straight-up, there is no band with fans as cult-like as Tool. They move in large droves, donning their Maynard-related (A Perfect Circle, Tool, Puscifer) apparel and scooping up autographed Tool concert posters for several hundred bucks a pop. Tool have essentially become the modern day Pink Floyd with their mysterious personalities and intense live performances that feature dazzling light shows. As big of a fan as I am, even I was sick of hearing “Schism” being played on the radio when the group returned with Lateralus. One of the band’s first hits, “Sober,” is from 1992, but I won’t be surprised when rock fans are still loving it in 2032.

Metallica
I mean this a huge no-brainer. How many metal acts are still around today that can still pack a freakin’ football stadium? Cliché I know, but “Enter Sandman” was the first metal song I ever heard, and I specifically recall asking my friend with delight, “What is this?” I had never heard anything like it, but it immediately captivated me and thus began my affinity for the louder rock music. It goes without saying that Metallica have been the dominant force of rock music for 30 years now. Heck, their name alone makes them sound like a classic rock band. With iconic songs like “Unforgiven” and “One,” even piracy couldn’t stop the force that is Metallica.

Which of your favorite bands have what it takes to go down as classic rock acts? Let us know in the comments.

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Lollapalooza Schedule Creates Headaches: Muse Vs. Coldplay?

Posted by Gil Kaufman On June - 7 - 2011

It’s the best and worst moment of every U.S. festivalgoer’s life: schedule day. On the one hand, you can’t wait to see when your favorite bands are playing and then start planning your long weekend. On the other, you dread the sight of two of your absolute faves playing on opposite sides of the mile-long field at EXACTLY THE SAME TIME!

In which case Tuesday (June 7) morning was either a huge relief or a major bummer if you’re planning on trekking to Chicago on August 5 for Lollapalooza. First, the good news: With the exception of a few headliner conflicts, the schedule is actually one of the most fan-friendly rundown in years.

Yes, Muse and Coldplay are playing at the same time on Friday night, which will probably cause major headaches for thousands of fans of falsetto-driven, pomp and circumstance English rock. (To say nothing of the fact that party hardy DJ Girl Talk and excellent post rockers Ratatat are also playing at the same time as the headliners, which may pull some Lollers in yet more directions.)

But the rest of the day has a pretty open schedule that allows for some decent stage hopping. If you start the day off with some solid indie rock courtesy of Wye Oak, it’s just a hop, skip and jump to latest English lad rock sensations the Vaccines, with perhaps a stop-off for some psychedelic bits from the Delta Spirit, a touch of hippie-pop from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and new-wave reminiscing with Foster the People, at which point things pile up a bit.

Awesome Smiths-inspired rock from the Smith Westerns, or English rap from Tinie Tempah? Brainy rock from the Mountain Goats or the latest from Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz’s new band, Black Cards? Noise avalanche from Sleigh Bells or arty stomp from a Perfect Circle?

The headliner choice on Saturday night is actually one of the easiest in memory. There’s almost no cross-over between Eminem’s fans and devotees of My Morning Jacket’s trippy excursions, so that’s a slam dunk. The rest of the day is easygoing as well, allowing for a taste of the Black Lips’ transgressive garage, a bit of modern soul from Mayer Hawthorne, beats from the reunited Death From Above 1979 and some sample-tastic bites from the reformed Big Audio Dynamite.

Cee Lo Green has a pretty open lane around dinner, which can be topped off by Lykke Li’s beat-fueled Nordic pop.

Sunday’s headliner showdown is another fairly easy call, as rocker Foo Fighters face off against headgear-wearing electronic dance music guru Deadmau5, with Kid Cudi providing another alternative on a small stage. Otherwise, it’s a nice glide from the modern country of Ryan Bingham to Jay Electronica’s outré rap stylings, into the My Bloody Valentine-like noise wash of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, a touch of the Cars’ nostalgic new wave, some Irish stomping from Flogging Molly, surf sounds from Best Coast, indie soul with Portugal, the Man and a tough dinnertime choice between lad rockers Arctic Monkeys, Southern rockers Manchester Orchestra and the dynamic duo of Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Nas.

What’s the toughest call of your Lolla schedule? Let us know in comments below!

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Foo Fighters Stick To Good Old Rock At Movie Awards

Posted by MTV News On June - 6 - 2011

By Aly Semigran

During his opening monologue at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, host Jason Sudeikis reiterated the old joke that there’s no music to be found anymore on MTV. The “Saturday Night Live” funny man had to bite his words when legendary rockers Foo Fighters hit the stage to infuse the network with their new single “Walk” from their latest album, Wasting Light.

While the stage for the MTV Movie Awards was certainly showy — Sudeikis described the futuristic nature scene as looking like the Rainforest Cafe — Dave Grohl and his bandmates stuck to the basics. There were no fireworks, no backup dancers — just the band, lead by a decidedly un-flashy Grohl wearing simply a black shirt, jeans and black wristband — bringing their signature hard-hitting sound, just as the Foos promised us after their rehearsal on Saturday.

The performance was a big contrast to the attention-grabbing green-screen outfit (featuring a repeated projection of two dogs going at it) Jim Carrey wore to introduce the band.

After the song’s opening guitar chords were struck and Taylor Hawkins entered with his rolling drums, Grohl sang the opening lyrics: “A million miles away/ Your signal in the distance/ To whom it may concern/ I think I lost my way/ Getting good at starting over/ Every time that I return.”

Grohl wailed into the microphone, hitting his trademark rock star scream during the “Walk” chorus, “I’m on my knees/ I never wanna die.”

The set clearly didn’t just strike a chord with those at home, as Best Breakout Star nominee Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) — who was just 1 year old when the Foo’s pivotal album The Colour & The Shape was released — was caught by MTV cameras rocking out along with the music. After a five-year hiatus from performing on the MTV Movie Awards, the Foos came back in style without any need for gimicks.

What did you think of the Foo Fighters’ performance of “Walk” during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards? Let us know in the comments!

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Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup Has Us Feeling Existential

Posted by James Montgomery On April - 26 - 2011

EminemLate Monday night (or early Tuesday morning), the folks behind Lollapalooza revealed the lineup for the 2011 edition of the fest, a top-heavy bill featuring headliners like Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Muse that makes me feel like this.

Yes, I am having an existential, Tommy-Lee-Jones level crisis about Lolla 2011, which, in case you weren’t aware, is also the 20th anniversary of the fest. It’s not really because I have a problem with any of the headliners per se, it’s just that, well, it would’ve been nice if any of them actually had ties to Lolla’s past. Sure, there’s some nods to recent history — Muse played the fest in 2007 — and plenty of synergy in the second-tier of bands (A Perfect Circle played the fest in 2003, Ween played in 2006, My Morning Jacket played in ’06 and ’07), but overall, it looks like Perry Farrell and Co. have largely ignored the past 20 years … aside from a hard-to-navigate “Time Capsule” on Lollapalooza’s official site, that is.

And, sure, maybe in the weeks leading up to the fest — it’s set for August 5-7 in Chicago’s Grant Park — all that will change, and organizers will announce a slew of nostalgia acts (surely, Psychotica could clear their schedule). Or maybe they won’t, because they prefer to look forward … and, really, that’s their prerogative. But looking at this lineup as is, I just feel very Ed Tom Bell: world weary, saddened by the inevitable march of time, longing for the days of yore, yet bracing for the future. I am a man without a country, or a purpose. I am an anachronism.

Simply put, I don’t feel any connection to this festival whatsoever. I am too old to care about the headliners (or, more specifically, get really pumped about Eminem), too young to willingly slide into the “obsess over the midcard” role just yet (“How about that Mavis Staples?!?”) But at the same time, I feel like I have lived long enough to wish Lollapalooza 2011 would’ve embraced its heritage a bit more, since, you know, I basically grew up in the Alternative Nation for which Lolla was the standard bearer. And yes, I am still young enough to realize just how old that statement makes me sound.

So perhaps tonight, when I go to sleep, I will dream of the Lollapaloozas of yester-year … of headliners like Primus and the Pumpkins, of mid-carders like Rage Against The Machine (!) and Pavement. Of “cyber tents” and circus freaks and being young and wrapped in flannel, even if it was 100 degrees out. And yes, perhaps I will dream of Perry Farrell, going through a pass in the mountains, head down, blanket wrapped around him. He would be carrying fire in a horn, the way people used to do. And in the dream I would know that he was goin’ on ahead and he was fixin’ to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold, and I would know that whenever I got there he would be there. And then I would wake up.

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