Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is poking fun at the emo rock genre in a song on the group's new album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace.
Grohl admits he finds the recent resurgence of "emotional rock" groups such as My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco and Funeral For A Friend amusing, because he remembers when the genre first appeared in the 1980s.
He tells MTV.com, "I have a funny relationship with emo. I'm from Washington D.C., and in the mid-'80s, the hardcore scene changed from what it was - Bad Brains and Minor Threat and the Dead Kennedys and MDC - to a bunch of new bands like Rites of Spring and Embrace, (both of) which Ian MACKaye was the singer for. Everyone started labeling it 'emo-core'.
"I'd never heard anything like it, and it was a really emotional experience. But in D.C., we all hated that 'emo-core' tag."
Grohl has written Cheer Up Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running) for emo groups and followers on his new disc.
He explains, "The title has nothing to do with the song - it's placed right in the middle of the record, where there's a lot of dark stuff. It's a pretty heavy record. We have a couple bummer tunes. I felt the album needed something to sit in the centre and balance it. So we had this lighthearted song, and I called it Cheer Up Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running) because it seemed like a little ray of hope in the middle of all this despair."