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Monkey Wrench


Foo Fighters

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This was the first single off the Foo's second album. It deals with being used and trapped in a relationship.
Dave Grohl directed the video himself. At the beginning, the elevator music is a muzak version of the song "Big Me," from the Foo Fighters' debut. (thanks, Matt - Millbrae, CA, for above 2)
The screamy bridge of this song is almost impossible for Dave Grohl to sing live. The bridge on the CD was yelled all in one breath. During many of Foo Fighters concerts, Grohl has the crowd scream the bridge out. If he does sing the bridge, there are usually a few breaths that can be heard in between. (thanks, Bert - Pueblo, NM)
Grohl told Mojo magazine January 2010 this is about the disintegration of his marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood: "It's about living with someone and feeling like you're living in a fu--ing cell. And then I wound up getting a divorce," he said.
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Comments (9):

He kind of looks like a young Santana in this video.
- Marcus, Columbia, MO
Jimmy from Lancaster, CA

I can answer that. FF are not necessarily punk, however if you listen to their early stuff, Monkey Wrench, included you can definitely tell that there are some punk overtones. Dave Grohl was devoted to hardcore punk and played in a few punk bands before FF.
- Benjamin, Chicago, IL, IL
to simon in chatanooga, tenesee, how exactly are foo fighter punk?
- Jimmy, Lancaster, CA
Song is about being tired of being an enabler.

And it is adolescent resident.

At this moment in time when the song was recorded, I doubt Dave cared too much about Bill Clinton.
- Tracy, Tulsa, OK
Two corrections to what Patrice said 1.It's a line not the title and 2. He's saying "adolescent resident"
- Shawn, Chehalis, WA
To Patrice, ERRORA, OK: Add a less-than president?? You are kidding aren't you? That is a comtender for "Mis-heard lyrics of the year"....
- Mike, Sydney, Australia
The title "Add a less-than president" refers to Grohl's contempt for Bill Clinton.
- Patrice, ERRORA, OK
this has one of the greatest, and yet the most simple, bass lines in punk rock music. guitar hero2 was genius to feature this song.
- Simon, Chattanooga , TN
great song. featured on guitar hero 2
- Billy, A Place, AL
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