A Foo Fighters new album is here, but it may not be what you were expecting. Foo Fighters have released a new Amazon Original EP, Live On the Radio 1996, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music, as the band celebrates their 25th anniversary. The four songs that comprise Live On the Radio 1996 were originally recorded in 1996 as part of the ROCKLINE radio show by producer Scott Weiss. Now a digital audio producer for Amazon Music, Weiss recently rediscovered the long forgotten recordings and, thanks to Bob Coburn and the ROCKLINE crew, prepared them for re-release.
The EP features acoustic versions of songs culled from the band’s eponymous debut and 1997’s The Colour and the Shape, as well as the non-LP track “How I Miss You.” The final song is a never-before-released version of “Wattershed” that features Dave Grohl replacing the song’s lyrics with the retelling of a recent trip to Canada, sung in the style of Fred Schneider of the B-52s.
“The band laughed and then dove in and started to work up the idea. The show would cut away for commercials and [Foo Fighters] would practice the new Wattershed idea,” said Weiss of the moment. “The version of Wattershed that would soon be known as ‘Water Fred’ was born.” Fans can read Weiss’ full account of the recording session here as a part of People of Rock And Roll, an ongoing project where fans share personal memories of their Foo Fighters experiences over the years.
The EP arrives as the Foo Fighters celebrate their 25 year anniversary as a band. Last week, they performed their 1999 hit “Learn To Fly” from The Troubadour in Los Angeles on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The band were scheduled to mark their quarter century milestone with The Van tour, which was canceled in August due to COVID-19. Recently, the band announced a new line of merch offerings commemorating each of their studio albums released during their career.
To listen to Live On the Radio 1996 (Amazon Original), Amazon Music listeners can simply ask, “Alexa play the Amazon Original by the Foo Fighters” in the Amazon app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the Foo Fighters, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music. Foo Fighters just performed live after the COVID emergency.
Rockline ‘96 tracklist:
1) How I Miss You (Amazon Original)
2) Up In Arms (Amazon Original)
3) For All the Cows (Amazon Original)
4) Wattershed (Amazon Original)