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Foo Fighters — Times Like These
Album: One By One
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Released: 2002
Length: 4:24
Plays (last 30 days): 2
I, I'm a one-way motorway
I'm the road that drives away
Follows you back home

I, I'm a streetlight shining
I'm a white light blinding bright
Burning off alone

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

I, I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky to hang
The stars upon tonight

I, I'm a little divided
Should I stay or run away
Leave it all behind

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again

It's times like these you learn to live again
It's times like these you give and give again
It's times like these you learn to love again
It's times like these time and time again
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Zzzz
Hmm, this is a timely song given the pandemic.
Would love to hear Glen Campbell's version here, lol. Seriously, it's great.
They did an outstanding version on SNL last night, 11.07.2020
And chocolate bars were 10 cents, go see'em live Proclivities wrote:

You may want to look up the definition of the word "truncated" before using it in a sentence.  
 

Appropriate lyrics for these crazy times and a great riff
Time signature kicks ass. Something like 14/4 for the main riff and 4/4 otherwise.
N O .
This is such a great hook heavy song.
Very apt lyrics in these crazy times.. Cant have too much Foo!
 
 bluematrix wrote:
When I was in Sicily last fall, I had some of the best food of my life. No crazy exotic spices, meats or veggies in most of the meals I had, often the cooks used just a few simple ingredients. Ah but what they did with those few ingredients...
 
Thats by far the best way to describe "simple" stuff. Thanks 
A version of this was number 1 in the UK in May 2020, by the "BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge All Stars" if was recorded in their own houses during the Covid-19 lock down.

I hadn't heard the original

 
Canadese wrote:
 bluematrix wrote:
When I was in Sicily last fall, I had some of the best food of my life. No crazy exotic spices, meats or veggies in most of the meals I had, often the cooks used just a few simple ingredients. Ah but what they did with those few ingredients...
 relevance to RP listeners or has it turned into Facebook or a travelogue?
 

Are you asking,   "What's a meta for?"
Ryan Adams' acoustic version of this, far better in terms of the spirit of the song. JMO.
An appropriate song during the pandemic. 
FORA BOLSONARO!!!
(#stayhome)
Why does this album always sound like my earphones / speakers are broken. Anyone noticed?
i am fan, btw...
 cmcisaac wrote:
I feel that this band is very overrated. Just my own humble opinion. 
 
I agree with you 
 bluematrix wrote:
When I was in Sicily last fall, I had some of the best food of my life. No crazy exotic spices, meats or veggies in most of the meals I had, often the cooks used just a few simple ingredients. Ah but what they did with those few ingredients...
 relevance to RP listeners or has it turned into Facebook or a travelogue?
I feel that this band is very overrated. Just my own humble opinion. 
 bluematrix wrote:
When I was in Sicily last fall, I had some of the best food of my life. No crazy exotic spices, meats or veggies in most of the meals I had, often the cooks used just a few simple ingredients. Ah but what they did with those few ingredients...
 

indeed. I just returned from Italy last month will vouch for that!
When I was in Sicily last fall, I had some of the best food of my life. No crazy exotic spices, meats or veggies in most of the meals I had, often the cooks used just a few simple ingredients. Ah but what they did with those few ingredients...
 idiot_wind wrote:
Wow. This songs sound just like all their other songs: boring guitar, weak vocals, boring lyrics, no hooks.

Hmmm it sounds like they are following a formula. It's called "thud and drone".
 
 

This coming from someone who knows how to drone on and land a comment with a thud.   
LOVE-LOVE-LOVE!!!
Not bad but Husker Du were (and are) much much better.
🤘😎
Really not interesting. At all.
 idiot_wind wrote:


All this means is that there is such a HUGE void of new, good RnR bands (e.g., Rolling Stones, Led, Santana, Who, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, etc) that any mediocre band (like Foo Fighters) can stick around for 20 years put out a bunch of crap albums and then receive false accolades for being a great band. When the standards are low, it's easy to get awards. Nothing worse than watching the leader of this band kissing the ass of Sir Paul McCartney, acting as if he's in the same class.

 Just listen to their music: there ain't much there: it's repetitive, predictable, monotonic, boring. I get it: if you were brought up on this stuff, it's "your music". But there is no way this band comes close to putting out great RnR albums like aforementioned bands.

Ain't fair, is it? Tough. It's only rock n roll and I like it....now that a RnR band (Rolling Stones)!!!

Uh oh...I feel a rant coming on for the band, Arcade Fire!

    
   
 
Bah Humbug!

In my day...

Kids these days.

Get off my lawn.

etc...
 Propayne wrote:

I mean no slight to Grohl and FFs, (nothing is created in a vacuum) but I noticed a similarity right away - particularly with Sugar.

I saw your response to my comment so I did a quick internet search to see if I was alone in my opinion and found a joint interview that Rolling Stone Italia did with Grohl and Mould in 2013. In it Grohl states:

“A few days ago I posted Bob’s new single, The Descent, on my Facebook page, and some guy commented that it sounded like “a Foo Fighters song”. Grohl bursts out laughing: “Did he really say that? Man, that’s great! I’ve spent all my life trying to rip off his songs, and now they say it’s the other way around!”
 

 
Yea I guess so musically I suppose it is the stark contrast in vocal sound and style that threw me off the musical path a bit, but I do hear a bit of similarity on the melody front.
 idiot_wind wrote:
You hear one of their songs, you've heard them all.

Boring. Predictable. Truncated vocals, guitar playing, drumming, etc.


 
You may want to look up the definition of the word "truncated" before using it in a sentence.  
I just don't like this band.
This song has such great nostalgia for me :)  It was used for one of the songs played during the end-of-class slide show for graduation from the fire academy.  I can't *not* love it! <3
 idiot_wind wrote:
Uh oh...I feel a rant coming on for the band, Arcade Fire!
 
Oh good, I was worried that you were slipping.
I'm probably gonna get flamed, but I really dislike this song. Did they run out of words before they ran out of music. Just what I want....to hear the same line repeated over and over for seemingly an hour.
 
Yeah, I LOVE rock and roll - been listening since the 60's, but I have to draw the line sometimes.
 diannemck56 wrote:
This past Spring I saw the FOO FIGHTERS live for the first time and it was incredible.  In all my years I don't remember jumping up and down and singing at the top of my voice except maybe when I saw Humble Pie or Foghat.   Really fun show.
 
Yes... AH-hem.... Anthemic, stadium rocker chaps but with some form of heart, or at least "grit" - irresistable. "Cool sound and you can dance to it, Mr. Clark! I'll give it a 95!!" 
This past Spring I saw the FOO FIGHTERS live for the first time and it was incredible.  In all my years I don't remember jumping up and down and singing at the top of my voice except maybe when I saw Humble Pie or Foghat.   (yes, I'm that old) Really fun show.
Agreed Meatmike
 Steely_D wrote:
Rocking music with junior high cheerleader diary lyrics.

 
I agree with this guy.
 sirdroseph wrote:


I actually like Foo and love Mould and all of his incarnations but fail to see the similarity between them.{#Stupid}

 
I mean no slight to Grohl and FFs, (nothing is created in a vacuum) but I noticed a similarity right away - particularly with Sugar.

I saw your response to my comment so I did a quick internet search to see if I was alone in my opinion and found a joint interview that Rolling Stone Italia did with Grohl and Mould in 2013. In it Grohl states:

“A few days ago I posted Bob’s new single, The Descent, on my Facebook page, and some guy commented that it sounded like “a Foo Fighters song”. Grohl bursts out laughing: “Did he really say that? Man, that’s great! I’ve spent all my life trying to rip off his songs, and now they say it’s the other way around!”
 
I know dave grohl is an awesome drummer and a funny and popular guy but i find this foo stuff very mediocre...sounds kinda like tv commercial music
Sometimes you just wanna rock out....then you crank up the Foo.
 frank_eindhoven wrote:
And if you don't like this song, well, maybe rock and roll is not something for you.....{#Cheesygrin}

 
I asked my doctor if rock n' roll was right for me. Back in idk...the late 60s.

He said, "It's your thing...you do what you wanna do. I can't tell ya who to sock it to." {#Cheesygrin}

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Recently I watched a TV program about Rock Anthems and they included Foo Fighters in the list of the greatest all time exponents. I never thought of them in this way but I now realise how Dave Grohl managed to merge Anthem Rock, Grunge and Punk. More Foo Fighters please!

 

All this means is that there is such a HUGE void of new, good RnR bands (e.g., Rolling Stones, Led, Santana, Who, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, etc) that any mediocre band (like Foo Fighters) can stick around for 20 years put out a bunch of crap albums and then receive false accolades for being a great band. When the standards are low, it's easy to get awards. Nothing worse than watching the leader of this band kissing the ass of Sir Paul McCartney, acting as if he's in the same class.

 Just listen to their music: there ain't much there: it's repetitive, predictable, monotonic, boring. I get it: if you were brought up on this stuff, it's "your music". But there is no way this band comes close to putting out great RnR albums like aforementioned bands.

Ain't fair, is it? Tough. It's only rock n roll and I like it....now that a RnR band (Rolling Stones)!!!

Uh oh...I feel a rant coming on for the band, Arcade Fire!

    
   
Recently I watched a TV program about Rock Anthems and they included Foo Fighters in the list of the greatest all time exponents. I never thought of them in this way but I now realise how Dave Grohl managed to merge Anthem Rock, Grunge and Punk. More Foo Fighters please!
love love love {#Hearteyes}
And if you don't like this song, well, maybe rock and roll is not something for you.....{#Cheesygrin}
 idiot_wind wrote:
You hear one of their songs, you've heard them all.

Boring. Predictable. Truncated vocals, guitar playing, drumming, etc.

 
A bit of onomopoaetia (you misspell one weird and complicated Greek-based word, you've spelled them all)

Pffsaaathhhhhhrppppptttttttt!  
 coloradojohn wrote:
I gotta say that the kickass drums, the grungy guitars, the fantastic waves of rhythm pulsing through this thing make up for a lot lyrically

 
Yep....and lyrics can be way over-rated. Who cares...this tune rocks.{#Bananajam}
You hear one of their songs, you've heard them all.

Boring. Predictable. Truncated vocals, guitar playing, drumming, etc.


not great songwriting here
 
Dull.
{#Bananajam}öllff Points from Germanien
 mcYammer wrote:
New Day Rising Husker ref (and others within)...I think Grohl is ensconcing himself in the Punk Rockers Hall of Fame.
Rightly so
 

That is an insult to Mould and Grohl.  Mould and Grohl are fine musicians and songwriters with a tremendous sense of melody. No self respecting punk rocker exhibits any of these qualities.
 LowPhreak wrote:
It's times like these that everything doesn't have to be Shakespeare.

 
Exactly.  Great energy in this tune.
Wow. This songs sound just like all their other songs: boring guitar, weak vocals, boring lyrics, no hooks.

Hmmm it sounds like they are following a formula. It's called "thud and drone".
 
Notary sojac, y'all!
PSD
Oh foo!
 ScottN wrote:
Hey FF, The Cult wants their riff back.   Or royalties...

 
Ha ha....yeah when it first started I cranked it up cause that's who I thought it was. Not sorry I cranked it up....just sayin'.
Do they fight against foo, or do they fight using foo?

{#Ask}
I gotta say that the kickass drums, the grungy guitars, the fantastic waves of rhythm pulsing through this thing make up for a lot lyrically
It's times like these that everything doesn't have to be Shakespeare.
Rocking music with junior high cheerleader diary lyrics.
 Propayne wrote:

yes - if you enjoy Grohl/FF go check out Bob Mould/Husker Du/Sugar. That is if you haven't already.

 

I actually like Foo and love Mould and all of his incarnations but fail to see the similarity between them.{#Stupid}
This song and album meant a whole lot post-9/11, and still do. Heartfelt, straight up power rock. Nothing wrong with some Foos in my book.
Hey FF, The Cult wants their riff back.   Or royalties...
 Pedro1874 wrote:
Rejected: Husker Du - Makes no Sense at all Rejected: Husker Du - Never Talking to You Again Rejected: Husker Du - Never Talking to You Again Rejected: Husker Du - Sorry Somehow

 
yes - if you enjoy Grohl/FF go check out Bob Mould/Husker Du/Sugar. That is if you haven't already.
 rdo wrote:
Pedestrian teenage wanker rock....
 
In that case I hope I never grow up!
Pedestrian teenage wanker rock....
Good rock music
Do yourself a favor, a big favor, listen to the entire FF album: Echos, Silence, Patience and Grace.   And then tell me if you still believe that statement below.  Seriously, give it a listen.... no, seriously, do it. 

Foot wrote:
Awful - perhaps the most overrated 'big' band of all time.  Pathetic formula, every song sounds the same.

 


Rejected: Husker Du - Makes no Sense at all Rejected: Husker Du - Never Talking to You Again Rejected: Husker Du - Never Talking to You Again Rejected: Husker Du - Sorry Somehow
 kingart wrote:
I have no good fooking idea why some of you diss this straight-ahead solid rock and roll. Get an ear-and-heart tune up fer Jeez sakes! 

If I was the DJ I'd be sending songs like this out to all the people in NJ and Staten Island who have lost everything... Times like these indeed. Make the connection to what you hear and what the times are, and get an un-selfcentered inner life while you're at it. 
 

Because we may not like it as much as you and say so.
 joelbb wrote:


Because contributors like me ask "WTF is Husker Du?"  Even a geezer like me has heard of/occasionally listens to Nirvana and Foo fighters, but Husker Du?  Gimme a break!
 
I don't understand your posting.

My guess is Husker Du will not be played here, because it's not "easy listening" enough (and not because YOU don't know them...?!?). I miss a lot of post punk bands here... especially from the early 90s ...but, oh well...  

And I like the Foo Fighters. I simply love what Dave Grohl is doing (though I don't own any of his records...). I don't care if they are a mega-band. 
Gets me every time from the first note to the last.   Especially going from loud to totally soft.   I'm in the 'like' crowd.{#Dancingbanana}
 Foot wrote:

Sorry, even on their best day, Foo Fighters (and Nirvana before them) couldn't hold a candle to Husker Du.  Punk Rockers Hall of Fame?  How come Husker Du gets zero plays on RP?  Still waiting for your (or any) response.
 

Because contributors like me ask "WTF is Husker Du?"  Even a geezer like me has heard of/occasionally listens to Nirvana and Foo fighters, but Husker Du?  Gimme a break!
I have no good fooking idea why some of you diss this straight-ahead solid rock and roll. Get an ear-and-heart tune up fer Jeez sakes! 

If I was the DJ I'd be sending songs like this out to all the people in NJ and Staten Island who have lost everything... Times like these indeed. Make the connection to what you hear and what the times are, and get an un-selfcentered inner life while you're at it. 
 mcYammer wrote:
New Day Rising Husker ref (and others within)...I think Grohl is ensconcing himself in the Punk Rockers Hall of Fame.
Rightly so

 
Sorry, even on their best day, Foo Fighters (and Nirvana before them) couldn't hold a candle to Husker Du.  Punk Rockers Hall of Fame?  How come Husker Du gets zero plays on RP?  Still waiting for your (or any) response.
 Foot wrote:
Awful - perhaps the most overrated 'big' band of all time.  Pathetic formula, every song sounds the same.
 
Couldn't agree more. Not worth more than a 2 in my book.
Awful - perhaps the most overrated 'big' band of all time.  Pathetic formula, every song sounds the same.
In a nutshell:

Times like these...times like these...times like these...

TIMES LIKE THESE...TIMES LIKE THESE... TIMES LIKE THESE...

times like these...times like these

Really deep stuff.
Bumping the Foos to a 10!
How dare you play these commercial-radio sell outs on Radio Paradise! I've gone and reteched all over my skinny jeans!!!

Just kidding... Love to hear Foo on RP! :)
Act as bad as you like...nobody's watching'....{#Rolleyes}
New Day Rising Husker ref (and others within)...I think Grohl is ensconcing himself in the Punk Rockers Hall of Fame.
Rightly so

GOD I love these guys.... {#Lol}
 Odyzzeuz wrote:
Silly pseudo-smart lyrics.

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again.

Seriously? Times like what? And they do what, now? Huh? WTF?
 
Anybody who uses a pseudo-smart term like "pseudo-smart" and then ends the comment with "WTF" automatically loses my vote.

Silly pseudo-smart lyrics.

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again.

Seriously? Times like what? And they do what, now? Huh? WTF?
A feel good. That's all it is...'a feel good'. Times like these...we can all use a song to make us feel good. I feel good...do you?{#Tongue}
 siandbeth wrote:
Guitar Magazine just interviewed Dave Grohl and asked him for his stylistic inspiration - he said "The BeeGees" and everyone in his band groaned. It's the phrasing. And I must say, I do see a connection.
 

 
And obviously by the band's reaction he was being sarcastic, antagonistic or just goofy. How is this song , "Monkey Wrench" or any other FF song like the BeeGee's?
Well?
 Alafia wrote:
I've tried to like this band.  Really tried.  Just.  Can't.

 

Agreed; I think Dave is a very genuine, funny guy but the band's music leaves me feeling indifferent.
Guitar Magazine just interviewed Dave Grohl and asked him for his stylistic inspiration - he said "The BeeGees" and everyone in his band groaned. It's the phrasing. And I must say, I do see a connection.
 

Dave Grohl is a rock star, in the old school definitiion of the word.
Completely revitalized now! 
LOVE THE FOO!  Don't you?

I am a little divided
do I stay or run away
and leave it all behind?



This was my favorite post-9/11 song. Sorry Bruce.
 Cynaera wrote:
I hear this song and wanna get out there in the world and DO something instead of complaining about it.
 
Right on. There is a refreshing joyfulness in Dave's music.


I hear this song and wanna get out there in the world and DO something instead of complaining about it.  This song is currently being used to advertise the program "Frontline" on the PBS stations we receive. It's a fantastic collage of images set to this music.  I usually don't like to hear good rock music being used to sell a television program or a commercial product, but in this case, it fits so well, it's forgiveable.

And this song will always be a 10 for me, because it lights up my brain and my inspiration and makes me not think about how bad I have it, but how good I COULD have it with some positive action instead of apathy.

Just wow.{#Sunny}
 tictocsailor wrote:
More obnoxious every time I hear it.
 
In a most excellent way! HB

Commercial? yes
Overplayed? possibly
Great? You betcha!




 
Sort of interesting similarity sort of kinda.
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
This sounds funny to me.
Like a bad upload sound.
 
Me too. I feel like I might otherwise enjoy the song, but it really sounds like a low-quality recording.

{#Dancingbanana_2} How can I NOT crank this one up?  Back when I had a radio, I'd hear this song while I was watering plants, and I'd dance. Well, it was dawn, so no one was around to see me. Still, this is one of the songs that I wanna be buried with. Gawd. Love it.

Not a big Foo fan, but this is some nice rock'n roll!
Woohoo! Rocking start to a Friday morning! {#Dancingbanana}

I really like Grohl too.  He's a genius at making tasty, accessible pop tunes out of prickly, inaccessible musical building blocks.  This song has 7/4 time, 3-measure 4/4 phrases, a 1/2-step interval riff... but I think it's as catchy as The Ramones.  Great stuff. (Over-analysis complete!)
 
 WayUpNorth wrote:
I just like Dave Grohl, what can I say?  I decided not to over-analyze this song, just flat-out enjoy it .... {#Dancingbanana_2}
 


 Alafia wrote:
I've tried to like this band.  Really tried.  Just.  Can't.

 
Ever listened to one of their other songs: Miracle/ Virginia Moon from their 5th album 2"in your honor"? Much more cool and quiet {#Wink}
I'm loving this string of songs - great rocking set Bill! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Feel free to do this more often!
I'm a fan of most Foo Fighters songs. I'd hardly call them pop, though. More alternative metal.
This sounds funny to me.
Like a bad upload sound.
catchy pop

not an entirely bad thing


This guy's voice sounds like Ozzie Osborn without the accent and in the early years.
At the risk of sounding very corny, this song is a blast to play and sing on the video game Rock Band.  Solid tune too.  There is much better Foos stuff out there, but I'm always happy to hear this pop up on RP.
More obnoxious every time I hear it.
 alevin wrote:
anyone else in their mid-twenties just experience an overwhelming time warp?
 

Yep!
The Foo's are cool and this song rocks. I still chuckle when I think about their appearance on Top Chef last year. Not where you'd expect to find them. Guest judges for back stage catering challenge. Fun stuff! {#Tongue}
nails on a chalkboard
I just like Dave Grohl, what can I say?  I decided not to over-analyze this song, just flat-out enjoy it .... {#Dancingbanana_2}