Song: Sister Europe‘s One By One came into our hearts and in our lives way back in 2002 and Foo Fighters brought some of their classic songs such as ‘All My Life’, ‘Times Like These’ and an unfortunately unrecognized ‘Sister Europe.’ Never released as a single from the album, it’s definitely a stand-out track from the album, if not all of the Foo Fighters 17 year collection.
‘Sister Europe’ is a collision of David Bowie with grunge with 90’s underground pop. Although we got to hear a mix of grunge and Bowie in Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in 1994 with drummer Dave Grohl backing the ‘Man Who Sold The World’ cover, this is a different take, and it’s original. Now moved on to be the Foo Fighters lead singer, Grohl completely changes his game from singing loud and proud and screaming to a level of soft and tenderness you never thought he could ever achieve. The grunge element isn’t a Nirvana rip-off, but moves into a something like Soundgarden if Bowie were the lead singer.
The chorus is where they explore the 90’s underground, with similarities to Alanis Morrisette and Smashing Pumpkins. If you’ve never listened to Foo Fighters and want to get to know the highly loved band, this is your album, but not your song. But if you feel the Foo Fighters are too boring and incapable of creating something different, this is the perfect track. ‘Sister Europe’ is the perfect escaping-from-the-world song, with dreaminess and femininity rock, and the Foo Fighters, hasn’t explored enough. Take an adventure into ‘Sister Europe’ – I can’t promise you’ll ever want to return.
Written by Sarah Keary
OurVinyl | Contributor