August 6, 2015 – 9:41 am

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Million Dollar Demos [no label, 7 tracks]

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On August 4, Foo Fighters’ Million Dollar Demos, a holy grail among FF fans, were shared online.

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Now, the Foo Fighters’ ‘Million Dollar Demos’ have leaked. While the leak could potentially be (very cryptically) attributed to the band, because that’s just how generous and awesome they are, it seems as though the leak comes from an unauthorized source.

If you’re wondering what we’re even talking about, the Foo Fighters’ ‘Million Dollar Demos’ refers to demos from the band’s 2002 album, One By One. You’re probably familiar with the album’s single, “All My Life”.

The Foo Fighters have released demos spanning all the way back to their early days before, which may make you wonder why these newer demos are so rare. Unfortunately, the band almost broke up during the recording of One By One, which is probably why they’d like to keep certain demos buried.

Luckily, they made it through recording the album, but they ended up with two versions of it. While some of the alternative versions have already been released by the band, die-hard fans have been seeking out the full demo album for years. You could say they’ve been searching for it all their lives…

Then Reddit user Dale Nixon logged in. Less than 24 hours ago, the anonymous user posted a download link to the ‘Million Dollar Demos’ in full, with the statement “We get the warhead and we hold the world ransom for… ONE MILLION DOLLARS!”

A Reddit user explained Dale’s post, saying,

“The ‘Million Dollar Demos’, for those who don’t know, were the band’s first attempt to record their fourth record, “One By One,” back in 2001. This was a pretty tough time for the band, no one was very happy with the recordings, which reportedly cost over a million dollars to make, and, long story short, this version of the album was scrapped and re-recorded in only 2 weeks.

11 songs were recorded. Of those, 10 were considered for the album. Of THOSE, 3 were officially released by the band (Tired of You, Walking A Line, and Normal). The remaining 7 were never officially released in full. 2 full songs were leaked (Have It All and Come Back), and the other 5 were only 30-second clips or so.

For some reason, an anonymous Redditor made a new account, whose only post is a download link for the Million Dollar Demos. This is the first time these have been made available in their entirety to the public, and have been sought after by die-hard fans (myself included) for the last 13 years. Most of the songs are similar to their final counterparts, while other songs like ‘Come Back’ and ‘Lonely As You’ are drastically different.”

So who is Dale Nixon? Well, it’s Dave Grohl. No, not literally, although it very well could be. Dave Grohl used the pseudonym “Dale Nixon” on the Melvin’s 1992 album ‘King Buzzo’. Based on the reference, we’re guessing that the Reddit user is just a die-hard Foo Fighters fan.

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Thanks to Dale Nixon for sharing the tracks.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (tracks were originally shared at 172 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. All My Life 4:40 (6.1MB)
Track 02. Have It All 5:47 (7.6MB)
Track 03. Halo 5:04 (7.0MB)
Track 04. Lonely As You 5:18 (6.8MB)
Track 05. Overdrive 4:40 (6.7MB)
Track 06. Burn Away 4:40 (6.1MB)
Track 07. Come Back 5:04 (6.6MB)
36 mins

Here’s a potential track listing of the demo, as provided by another Reddit user on the thread:

1. All My Life
2. Low #
3. Walking a Line##
4. Have It All
5. Times Like These#
6. Disenchanted Lullaby#
7. Tired of You#
8. Halo
9. Normal##
10. Lonely As You
11. Overdrive
12. Burn Away
13. Come Back
“#” – Original Release
“##” – B-Side

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  2. FF blow…

    By Evil Blizzard on Aug 6, 2015

  3. hey bigo, if there are rips of late!-pocketwath out there, i’d be interested in it. i still have my original cassette i got from simple machine records in 1995. it’s ultra rare. i may sell it one day on ebay.

    pocketwatch is a tape dave grohl put out, and color pictures of a marigold ended up becoming a nirvana b-sde and winnebago became a foo fighters b-side.

    as for foo fighters, i still like their first album. i even have a couple early shows before their first album came out. this is when they were touring with mike watt and hovercraft which was eddie vedder’s side project with his wife, i think. then foo fighters got too power pop for me, and i lost interest. people love them, though.

    grohl is a fan. people should check out his metal project called probot. i like it.

    if anyone would like to hear it, it’s on youtube.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 6, 2015

  4. Thanks so much for putting this up. Just got it. ^v^

    By Tony on Aug 7, 2015

  5. I resisted the Foo Fighters as a 90’s fad, but ther consistently produce great music and finally saw ‘em live,,, THEY ROCKED! Born again fan.

    Thanks BigO…

    By Vincent Brennan on Aug 7, 2015

  6. All Hail The Guitar Throne and the baddest rocker working today! A broken leg don’t stop this boy from sonically kicking ass! Seen 8 shows before this tour - all great! Can’t wait until the boyz hit PHX in September!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Aug 10, 2015

  7. Thank you tons for the demos

    By John Q on Aug 30, 2015

  8. Holy Shit! Thanks, really high quality. Appreciate it.

    By Eez on Jul 22, 2017

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