Learn to Fly (3:55)

Cover of There Is Nothing Left to Lose

From There Is Nothing Left to Lose and 38 other releases

Learn to Fly” is the first single from the Foo Fighters’ third album There Is Nothing Left to Lose. It was released on two different singles in the UK in 1999. “Learn to Fly” is one of the band’s most successful singles, including a #19 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 and a #1 peak on Modern Rock Tracks.

The music video for the song takes place on an airplane, parodying the movie Airplane!. Two airline mechanics (played by Tenacious D) hide what appears to be drugs in the coffee-maker (it is revealed in the band’s official website that the package is actually labelled “World Domination brand ‘Erotic’ Sleeping Powder”), which ends up incapacitating everyone who drinks the coffee. The band, having avoided the coffee, finds themselves forced to land the plane. For the video, each band member (Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins) portrays himself as well as several other roles.

Accompanying the opening and closing scenes of the film clip is a muzak version of “Everlong”. The video was filmed in London, England in a cabin crew training airplane. The video won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.

Characters Dave Grohl portrays
* Himself
* The Pilot
* A flamboyant flight attendant
* A teenage girl who is a big fan of the band
* One of the overweight ladies
* An FBI agent

Characters Nate Mendel portrays
* Himself
* One of the co-pilots of the plane


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