Have A Cigar – Foo Fighters

This is a curiosity even among various levels of Foo Fighter Fans. You see there are two very different recorded studio versions of Foo Fighters cover of Pink Floyd’s Have A Cigar.

“Come in here dear boy, have a cigar you’re gonna go far”

Have a Cigar of course originally features on the Pink Floyd classic album Wish You Were Here. It’s one of the undisputed great rock records of the 20th century.

“You’re gonna fly high, you’re never gonna die, you’re gonna make it if you try, they’re gonna love you”

The Foo’s version I’m talking about first featured on the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack album. In a previous post I sort of mentioned the iffy state of the rock scene in the year 2000. The soundtrack album for Mission Impossible 2 would undermine that argument. It is a solid and muscular collection of bangers where even the presence of Limp Bizkit cannot dampen the triumphant mood.

“I’ve always had a deep respect and I mean that most sincere”

Metallica’s I Disappear makes for one of their finest rarities and Chris Cornell, Butthole Surfers, Buckcherry, Rob Zombie and Godsmack really do all turn in frikkin’ belters.

The Foo Fighters brought Brian from Queen along (compiling all these posts has got me wondering if Taylor has kidnapped Brian May and is using him for collaborative wish fulfillment in plain sight, “Brian! If you need help bum a note next time you encore with them as a sign”) for their steroid chomping adaptation of a legendary song about music industry executive sleazyness specially recorded for a big budget action movie with songs compiled to sell cinema tickets and have videos that work as ‘long form’ trailers on MTV…

“Yes that is really what I think and by the way which ones Pink?”

So here is the Mission Impossible version of Foo Fighters doing Pink Floyd’s Have a Cigar

“And if we tell you the name of the game, Boy, we call it riding the gravy train”

And yet (it’s officially my catchphrase by this point right?), prior to all this, on the B-Side of Learn To Fly in 1998 They laid down a garage rock rasping version with thudding grunge rhythms and blown speaker fuzz tones to the guitar. It’s a great flip side to a smooth radio friendly pop rocker like the A-Side. It’s long been a favourite of mine and now I can’t tell which version I like best of the two.

You can almost imagine the meeting. ‘You want to use a B-Side from the drummer in Nirvana’s new band for this 100 million dollar movie soundtrack?’

“It’s a hell of a start, It could be made into a monster, If we all pull together as a team.”

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