Last month, the Foo Fighters foisted the clip for “White Limo” upon the world, a decidedly awesome, shot-on-VHS ode to classic hair-metal vids of the ’80s and, of course, Motörhead mastermind Lemmy Kilmister too.
The response to the video was overwhelming, to say the very least: It has since eclipsed the million-view mark on YouTube, and, in a lot of ways, it influenced Foos frontman (and director) Dave Grohl’s decision to make a proper video for the song “Rope,” which will make its world premiere tonight at 7:54 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Because while “Rope” is most certainly a welcome addition to the Foos’ already packed video cabinet, it’s also their first major clip to be shot on VHS … a move that Grohl said had everything to do with his experience of making “White Limo.”
“[The video is] cool, we also did it to VHS. We did a video for the song ‘White Limo’ a few weeks before that, which is just something we did in a couple days,” he said. “I directed it and I really wanted it to have that old VHS look to it. Because VHS tape does weird things to color and definition, and it just looks … like VHS. And so, the [‘Rope’ video] is on VHS too [and] it definitely has a vibe. Just the look of the tape.”
And though “Rope” is most certainly a performance video, it also represents the band embracing the DIY aesthetics of today’s YouTube world, in their own rather unique way, of course.
“People used to spend, like, $5 million making a video. You think people do that now?” Grohl laughed. “They get a VHS camera, and they make a video in six hours. … And it’s cool. Anybody can do that. That’s f—ing rad.”
The Foo Fighters’ “Rope” video premieres live at 7:54 p.m. ET/PT tonight on MTV and MTV.com, followed by an exclusive Q&A session from one lucky Foo fan’s house to be live-streamed on MTV.com. Fans can submit questions via Twitter (@MTVNews using hashtag #askfoos).