The video for “Wheels,” the Foo Fighters’ first single off their upcoming best-of collection Greatest Hits, debuted over at MTV.com. Like the band’s clip for “The Pretender,” also directed by Sam Brown, “Wheels” is a low-key affair, with Dave Grohl and the gang simply performing in the studio. It’s a far cry from those fun Foo videos of yore: the faux Mentos commercials and the fever dreams with giant hands and Tenacious D wreaking havoc on an airplane.
“Wheels” rejoins Grohl with the producer who helped thrust his former band into the mainstream, Butch Vig, but their collaboration 18 years later is far removed from anything that would appear on Nevermind. “Wheels” finds the Foo at their most adult contemporary since “Big Me,” a track that seems like it was snatched off Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway. Maybe Grohl is just saving his energy, considering he’ll likely spend the better part of the next few months back behind the drums with his supergroup side project Them Crooked Vultures.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, Greatest Hits will feature one more Vig-produced new song, dubbed “Word Forward,” plus 14 more of the Grammy-winning band’s biggest hits. The deluxe version of GH will come with a bonus DVD featuring all those Foo music videos, including “Wheels,” plus some live performance footage. The collection is due out November 3rd.