Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin have released the first installment in a series of planned Hanukkah covers: a rendition of “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys.
On the rework, Grohl captures the spirit of the original with his thunderous percussion and hoarse, piercing vocals, while Kurstin’s synths emulate the whinnying rock guitars of the 1994 classic. “I can’t stand it, I know you planned it / I’m gonna set it straight, this Watergate / I can’t stand rocking when I’m in here / ’Cause your crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear,” Grohl roars on the track.
“As the only Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers with a lyric about kugel, we thought it would be a shanda to not kick off this party with New York’s (and Abraham’s) finest,” reads the video’s YouTube description. “…known by some as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedenego, known by others as Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA…known by their Imas and Abbas as Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond and Adam Yauch… Beastie Boys!”
As part of the The Hanukkah Sessions, Grohl aims to release one cover of a song by a Jewish musician for every night of the religious holiday. Though Grohl is not Jewish, he’ll be joined by producer Kurstin, who is. Just last month, the Foo Fighters announced their groundbreaking tenth studio album Medicine at Midnight with the release of its lead single “Shame Shame.” The album is due to be released February 5, 2021.
While you await new material from Foo Fighters, enjoy the cover of “Sabotage” below: