From Green Day‘s ‘Cigarettes and Valentines’ to Weezer‘s ‘Songs From The Black Hole’, history is full of albums that never saw the light of day.
The story goes that Foo Fighters recorded two versions of 2002’s One By One amidst a whole heap of inner turmoil that almost caused the band to break up. One version was released and is the album you know and love, while the other remained hidden in the vaults. Sure, the occasional track found its way online but for the most part ‘Million Dollar Demos’ remained a secret.
A one-shot user at Reddit shared a link containing the eleven tracks in their entirety, then vanished. As one user explains
“These are the Million Dollar Demos, for those who don’t know, and were the band’s first attempt to record their fourth record, One By One, back in 2001. This was a pretty tough time for the band, no one was very happy with the recordings, which reportedly cost over a million dollars to make, and, long story short, this version of the album was scrapped and re-recorded in only 2 weeks.
11 songs were recorded. Of those, 10 were considered for the album. Of THOSE, 3 were officially released by the band (Tired of You, Walking A Line, and Normal). The remaining 7 were never officially released in full. 2 full songs were leaked (Have It All and Come Back), and the other 5 were only 30-second clips or so. These are the remaining 7 IN FULL.
This is the first time these have been made available in their entirety to the public, and have been sought after by die-hard fans (myself included) for the last 13 years. Most of the songs are similar to their final counterparts, while other songs like Come Back and Lonely As You are drastically different.”
If you want to investigate further, head over to Reddit.