Dave Grohl, is that you?! The rocker revealed how high his pipes can go when the Foo Fighters covered the Bee Gees‘ 1976 Billboard Hot 100 hit “You Should Be Dancing” for a recent interview with BBC Radio 2’s Sofa Session with Jo Whiley.
In the band’s cover of the disco tune — which was featured on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack — Grohl matches Barry Gibb’s falsetto. The Foo Fighters stick pretty closely to the original, though they do add a touch of rock to it.
After the tune finished playing, Grohl explained to Whiley how the cover came about. He shared that the band had been in the studio with a to-do list — which included recording a cover song for Whiley — when one of the guys asked if he had seen the recent Bee Gees documentary, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.
“I was like the last person on Earth — the only person — that hadn’t seen it. So I was just like, ‘Why don’t we do a Bee Gees song?'” Grohl recalled. “Someone was like, ‘How do you want to do it?’ And I said, ‘Well, let’s do it like the Bee Gees.'”
“We started recording the instrumental track and then I thought, ’OK, well, I’m gonna go out and sing it,'” he continued. “And let me tell you: I have never, ever in my life sung like that, but it was the easiest song I have ever sung in my entire life. I didn’t realize that my voice could [sings in a high voice like Gibbs’]. I sang the song — and it was like six minutes — and I was done. I should have been singing like this for the last 25 years!”
The Foo Fighters released their 10th album, Medicine at Midnight, on Feb. 5. Five days later, they were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. This was the band’s first year of eligibility for the Rock Hall.
Check out a clip of the cover below, and listen to the entire song and interview on the BBC’s website.
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