Foo Fighters' Grohl Says Greatest Hits Feels Like "An Obituary"

November 4, 2009 12:50 PM ET

When is the right time to release a greatest-hits record? After news broke that Britney Spears would be releasing a retrospective this fall — the 27-year-old's third hits disc — and that Foo Fighters and Fall Out Boy would be doing the same, fans began arguing the point. Now the Foos' own Dave Grohl has weighed in on the debate, telling the BBC that collections often feel like "an obituary." Though the Foo Fighters' 16-track Greatest Hits is out this week, Grohl reveals the band was asked to do a hits LP earlier in their career — and he refused. "They started asking about four years ago, and we said, 'Don't we need some hits?' " he said.

Grohl and Co. recorded two brand-new songs for this set, "Wheels" and "Word Forward." But Grohl argues, "It still seems premature because we're still a functioning, active band. ... It's like a CliffsNotes version of what we've been doing for the last 15 years." He even quibbled with the album's track list: "I think there are better songs than some of those."

Look back at the rise of grunge in photos of Nirvana, Soundgarden and others.

Fall Out Boy — with only six years' of music under their belt — are releasing their greatest hits collection Believers Never Die on November 17th. Sly and the Family Stone famously released a hits LP in 1970 after just three years of existence. So you tell us: When is it too early to release a greatest-hits compilation?

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