Listen: Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” (2007)

Soundtrack: Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender” (of course)


I don’t remember that exact date in 2008, but I do remember that one fateful afternoon when I was talking to a friend of mine while we were on our usual MRT ride back home.

Mr. Rollins[1], that friend of mine I was talking about, asked me what my favorite Foo Fighters songs are.  Of course I love “All My Life”, the first song I heard from them, and their music video of it was the first I have seen from them. I also love the stage anthem “Best of You” and the motivating-and-feel-good “Learn to Fly”. And take note that I am only a casual fan of the band by then.

Mr. Rollins said, “Awesome! But have you heard of ‘The Pretender’?”

“No. Not yet,” I said.

“No way. You should check it out right now. I think you will like it.”

He gave me his earphones for a while, I plugged in it and after just a few seconds of the song’s gloomy Led Zeppelin-isque guitars and strings, my eyes got wider, my whole surroundings became more vibrant and I can feel the blood flowing all over my arteries and veins. (And for good reason.) That a very day, not only I discovered and liked “The Pretender” very much, I discovered my favorite song of all time. And I have my eternal thanks to Mr. Rollins for that.

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II: Ghostelic?

I have made so many blogs under my name for so many years, but there is only one constant mission: to make my mark on the Web through my stories, my rants and raves, and everything my mind can produce. And the endgame? Simple: I want to be remembered.

And one of the things I want to be remembered of is my unusually varied taste in music. I love music so much that I will listen to any song, any genre in the world, even if it’s the shittiest of pop songs or it’s not English or Filipino. I make weekly playlists where Motörhead, Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters (my favorite band of all time) co-exist with the Carly Rae Jepsen, Steve Aoki and Justin Timberlake, no matter how chaotic that sounds. I just love music that way.

Would you like for me to expound on how fucked-up my music taste is? No? Too bad. I’m going to either way. And I’m going to that by recommending two polar opposites: Filipino indie pop band Autotelic and Swedish heavy metal band Ghost. (No, let’s call them Ghost, not Ghost B.C. like Spotify does.)

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