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Foos to Hit the Studio

After reworking tune for soundtrack, band ready to record fourth album

October 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET

The Foo Fighters have re-worked a B-side for inclusion on the soundtrack to Out Cold, the forthcoming big-screen debut from sizzling-hot video makers Emmett and Brendan Malloy. The song, "Win or Lose," was originally released as "Make a Bet" on the single for "Learn to Fly" from 1999's There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The Foos' tune won't be the soundtrack's first single, however; that distinction belongs to Lit's "Lipstick and Bruises," the video for which, not-so-coincidentally, was also helmed by the Malloy Brothers. The Foos have also previously called upon the Malloys' vid-crafting expertise, for "Breakout."

Among the other artists slated for the Out Cold soundtrack (due November 20th) are Eve 6, with a new song, "Anytime"; Jimmy Eat World, "Hear You Me"; Sum 41, "Makes No Difference," from their 2000 debut EP, Half Hour of Power; and Handsome Devil, "Makin' Money". Out Cold -- not be confused with Ice-T's recent straight-to-video joint, Out Kold -- tells of three young snowboarders (Jason London, Zack Galifiakis and Flex Alexander) and their struggle to save their beloved mountain from an avaricious developer, played by screen veteran Lee Majors. The film hits theaters November 21st.

Elsewhere on the Foos front, the band is set to begin recording the follow-up to There Is Nothing Left to Lose next month at singer Dave Grohl's home studio in Virginia. Drummer Taylor Hawkins has been released from a London hospital, where he's been recovering since August 20th from the "overindulgence" that caused the cancellation of the balance of the band's last European tour. The Foos are eyeing a spring 2002 release for what will be their fourth album. Expected to make the cut are two songs, "Halo" and "Knucklehead," the band road-tested at various 2001 gigs.

Grohl is also hoping to release an album from his heavy metal side project, Probot, next spring. That project -- which includes guest vocalists from Celtic Frost, Venom, Napalm Death, Motorhead, Soulfly and Obsessed -- is nearly finished, but Grohl is still trying to nail down some studio time with Slayer growler Tom Araya.

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