What I just noticed about “Everlong”

By Edwin on June 3, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Musician Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Last night I got really bored and decided to clean up around my house. Like anybody who cleans I like to do it with a soundtrack to make it less boring. I decided to put on one of my favorite records of all time, The Colour and Shape by Foo Fighters.

I was minding my business cleaning and listening to “Monkey Wrench” and “My Hero”. Reminiscing on how cool those music videos were while I find an old pair of Chuck Taylors with a hole in it that I last wore my Junior year of high school (7 years ago). Track 8 comes on and it’s my favorite song of all time (or a tie with “Bitter Sweet Symphony”), “Everlong”. I love listening to this song especially when it’s performed live or acoustic like on Howard Stern. Anytime it comes on I always stop what I’m doing and absorb the song. To me it’s a lyrical masterpiece.

However, this time I noticed something different. I was singing in my head to the chorus, “If everything could ever feel this real forever If anything could ever be this good again.” I heard another voice other than Dave Grohl. Now I was playing it on vinyl and hooked up to a new pair of speakers I bought which made me a little bit more convinced I wasn’t going crazy. I listened to the song again, and sure enough I heard the voice again. Not only did I hear the same voice in the background in the chorus, but it was also singing along to the riff.

I wanted to make sure that I was hearing what I was hearing, so to Youtube I went. I looked up “Foo Fighters everlong behind the scenes”. The first video was an interview with Bradley Cook who recorded the song. The video is 26-minutes long but at the 16:27 mark it proved I was not crazy. It was a woman who did the vocals over the phone singing along as she heard the riff and chorus. I did a quick google search and it turns out the woman on the phone was Louise Post of Veruca SaltHere is a video of her backing vocals isolated.

Morale of the story is, listen to music on vinyl.