Five Songs Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Wishes He Wrote

March 27, 2017

Taylor Hawkins, the Foo Fighters drummer and songwriter has seen and heard enough music for many lifetimes. When he's not playing with the Foos, he'll be working on music of his own. Right now he holds the title of writing "the stupidest song in rock" with some assistance from Paul Stanley of KISS.

But there are other songs out there that Hawkins admires so much that it hurts knowing that they slipped his grasp and made it to another bands' record. Below are five examples of songs that Hawkins wishes he had wrote himself, but never really got around to it.

  1. Jane's Addiction, "Pigs In Zen"

    "I remember hearing "Pigs in Zen" and thinking, 'He's talking about pigs f**king right now. This means something, doesn't it? There's more to this. He's not just talking about pigs.' It really made you think. Then Perry Farrell's Siouxsie and the Banshees–meets–Jon Anderson–on-heroin-and-crack thing was just otherworldly. It was so much scarier than anything pretending to be scary at that point. That song made me think, 'What the f**k is he talking about?'"
  2. The Hollies, "The Air That I Breathe"

    "I think this is one of the most f**king beautiful songs, ever. Radiohead got sued over it since it sounds a lot like 'Creep.' I discovered them late in life. They've got a cool drummer. This is from after Graham Nash left. It was sort of their last hurrah."
  3. The Police, "Synchronicity ||"

    "Stewart Copeland is one of my heroes. I love him to death. The best music that Sting ever made was with Stewart Copeland. That's the f**king truth. That's partially because he had some guy in the back going, 'Nah, that's stupid! Let's try it like this.' I understand Sting was probably like, 'Fuck it, I don't want to deal with that shit.' I think they still loved each other though."
  4. Queen, "We Will Rock You"

    "I've heard Brian May makes, like, 5 million a year off that song. There's your retirement plan: 'We Will Rock You.' 'I don't need to do anything this year because I'm going to make 5 million dollars a year off 'We Will Rock You.' 'F**k you.' 'Really? Go f**k yourself. I'm not going anywhere. I've got 5 million dollars for 'We Will Rock You.'"
  5. Jeff Buckley, "So Real"


    "I wish I could sing it like him. I love that guy's voice. That was my 'getting some business' CD back on the Alanis Morissette tour [in 1995.] I'd put that motherf**king CD in and it was happening. I like it when he whispers, 'I love you, but I'm afraid to love you' in this song."

(source: Rolling Stone)