Foo Fighters start to grind

The Foo Fighters remake of Prince's "Darling Nikki," released as a B-side gag, has become an unexpected hit.

It's hard to believe now, but the song was once so scandalous it inspired the movement to put warning records on albums:

The world might have been a slightly different place if an 11-year-old Karenna Gore could have prevented her mother from listening to her Purple Rain cassette: "Darling Nikki" has the near-mythological honor in pop trivia of being the song that compelled Tipper Gore to co-found the Parents Music Resource Center with other congressional wives, who in 1985 successfully pressured big record companies to create a warning-label system for pop records.

The song's included on the Foo Fighters' Everywhere But Home concert DVD released Tuesday.


Quite funny! I remember buying the album before my parents had heard the controversy and listening to this song repeatedly.

A few years back, some friends of mine played this song routinely on the northeastern college circuit much to the delight of their well-plyed audiences. I can say that I'm not surprised with the Foo Fighters success with the tune.

When I was around 9, I won a copy of Billy Joel's The Stranger in a radio call-in contest. When I figured out the meaning of the most notorious part of "Captain Jack", I don't think I ever told my parents the subject matter of the song.

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