Enlarge The Foo Fighters mainman and producer Greg Kurstin have revived 'The Hanukkah Sessions" series of cover songs by Jewish artists.

Dave Grohl Posts Brutal Metal Cover of Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” for Hanukkah


Foo Fighters mainmain Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin have revived The Hanukkah Sessions, an eight-night affair in which they pay tribute to Jewish musicians by covering their songs in their own unique style (for our gentile readers, Hanukkah began at sundown last night, November 28).

Launched in the doldrums of 2020, last year’s series featured Grohl and Kurstin covering songs by The Beastie Boys, Drake, The Velvet Underground, Rush and many more. Now back for round two, the pair have kicked things off with a cover of Lisa Loeb’s enduring 1994 hit, “Stay (I Missed You.” The duo comment:

“Welcome back to the menorah, y’all. Let’s kick it this year’s Hanukkah sessions with one of Dallas, Texas’s favorite Jewish daughters. So put on your coffee shop spectacles and your Betsey Johnson dress and HAVA listen to this… ‘Stay’ by Lisa Loeb.”

And it’s a doozy. Beginning with a shot-by-shot recreation of the original video (shot in 4:3 aspect ratio!) with Grohl wearing a tight dress and Loeb’s trademark cateye glasses, the music quickly pivots into the realm of death and black metal, with Grohl delivering full-throated growls and shrieks while Kurstin strums along.

Part of the fun of series like this — aside from the killer music, of course — is learning who’s Jewish. I didn’t know Loeb grew up lighting the menorah, but I gather her parents are currently plotzing over Grohl’s interpretation of her hit.

Watch the cover below along with the original!

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