I Heard From a Friend of a Friend

The Foo Fighters’ “Friend of a Friend” is an acoustic track from 2005’s In Your Honor. Dave Grohl, guitarist and main vocalist for the Foo Fighters, handles all of the song’s duties.

“Friend of a Friend” Song History

Dave Grohl’s “Friend of a Friend” was the first song he ever wrote that was performed acoustically.


I Heard From a Friend of a Friend

Written by Grohl in 1990 (and secretly recorded the same year), the song is about Grohl’s first meeting with Nirvana comrades Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.

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When Grohl discovered an acoustic guitar that formerly belonged to Kurt Cobain (thus the words “It was his friend’s guitar”), he immediately began composing the song.

The original recording of this song was published in 1992 under the alias “Late!” on a compilation album titled “Pocketwatch.” It was originally recorded for a BBC Evening Session on April 30, 1997.

On the acoustic album In Your Honor, released by the Foo Fighters in 2005, Grohl recorded the song once more. The live CD Skin and Bones also included the song.

About the Song

In 1971, when James Taylor was just 23 years old, a song written and recorded by Carole King became his largest and most well-known hit, and his sole number one in America.

The song was released as the debut single from his third studio album. It was first recorded by Taylor at Crystal Sound studios on Vine Street in Los Angeles, with King on piano.

King recorded her version at the A&M studios on La Brea Avenue a few days later. The first release of King’s cover was in February 1971, when it was included on her album Tapestry.

It was first heard on Taylor’s April album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, and was later released as a single, reaching No. 1 in the United States.

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Taylor was joined on this track by Joni Mitchell, who contributed harmony vocals. He stated to Uncut: “Since Joni is singing a fifth-over-fifth harmony, the chord is essentially a major ninth.

Her unexpected entrance serves as a compelling musical framing. Her voice is so sweet, in tune, and full of assurance that anything she sings would be an instant hit.”