Throughout the history of modern music, there have been special pairings of songs that, while perhaps they were meant to be separate entities when initially recorded by the artists, the fans have forever entwined them so that they almost sound strange if played separately.
- Van Halen - “1984” and “Jump” from 1984
- Van Halen - “Eruption” and “You Really Got Me” from their eponymous debut
- Led Zeppelin - “Heartbreaker” and “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)” from Led Zeppelin II
- Queen - “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” from News of the World
I’d like to add another to the list for your consideration...
My favorite song by the venerated Foo Fighters is the pounding beat of “Monkeywrench” from 1997’s The Colour and the Shape. It just barely edges out “The Pretender” from 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
But I have trouble listening to it without the lead-in (and album lead-off) track “Doll.”
They may seem like an odd pairing... the grindingly slow pace of “Doll” juxtaposed against the unyielding force of “Monkeywrench.” But it’s the contrast that makes them work so well together.
I’ve been a Foo fan since the inception of the band in the wake of Nirvana’s demise after Kurt Cobain’s 1994 suicide (or murder, depending on how you prefer to look at it).
It’s been a hit-or-miss fandom where I worshipped their first handful of albums but haven’t cared quite so much for their newer stuff. However, I do dig their 2021 release Medicine at Midnight so far, regardless what everyone else might think. And it might be time to revisit their discography in its entirety.