If you didn’t have the Foo Fighters transforming themselves into a Bee Gees cover band on your 2021 bingo card, you’re not alone. And yet, the Dee Gees – as the Fooeys would now prefer to be known – have shared a cover of ‘You Should Be Dancing’ with no regard for your surprise, lending new life to the song that first launched the Bee Gees into disco and which became a staple after appearing on the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack in 1977.
The unanticipated recording will form part of the Fooeys upcoming release, Hail Satin, which will incorporate further renditions of Bee Gees classics, from ‘Night Fever’ to ‘More Than A Woman’. The drop will officially come out on Record Store Day on the 17th of July, and will also feature live versions of songs from the iconic rockers’ recent album, Medicine At Midnight, which was unleashed in February of this year.
Speaking to Jo Whiley after performing ‘You Should Be Dancing’ for BBC Radio 2, Grohl pointed out that HBO’s 2020 documentary, The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, turned out to be the impetus for kicking off this project. Grohl was trying to replicate Barry Gibb’s falsetto when the lightning bolt struck.
“We started recording the instrumental track,” he explains, “and then I thought, ‘Okay, well I’m gonna go out and sing it.’ And let me tell you, I have never, ever in my life sung like that, but it was the easiest song I have ever sung in my entire life!” It seems the remainder of the Dee Gees tunes may continue in that trend, with Grohl concluding: “I should have been singing like this for the last 25 years!”