Foo Fighters, Fishbone and more on this week's music beat

By Tom Sinclair
November 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Smack Daddies It would seem impossible to make a slapstick music video with pilots and passengers getting stoned on hard drugs mid-flight—much less get such a clip on MTV. Yet the Foo Fighters have done both with ”Learn to Fly.” Director Jesse Peretz says Foo Fighter Dave Grohl wanted to do a parodic video. ”I had read an article about the American Airlines employees who were arrested for smuggling drugs in the catering carts,” says Peretz. ”One tip-off had been when heroin got into the coffee the pilots were drinking. It seemed too perfect not to use that.” Since those drinking the tainted coffee in the clip exhibit reactions not normally associated with heroin use — like rolling about the aisles laughing hysterically — we have to wonder: What kind of dope was that? ”Just call it erotic world-domination sleeping powder or something,” cracks Grohl. And you thought his old band Nirvana was subversive….

Fishing for Cred Long-running eclecticists Fishbone‘s next album, tentatively titled Fishbone & the Familyhood Nextperience Presents the Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx, will feature, among others, Gwen Stefani, Rick James, Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, and…Donny Osmond? The ex-teen idol, who tried to recast himself as an edgy rocker in the ’80s, sings on a cover of Funkadelic’s ”Shakey Ground.” ”My son turned me on to Fishbone,” Osmond says. ”I listened to some of the music and thought, ‘It’s really good!”’ So good he invited them to perform on The Donny & Marie Show. What next — a duet with Tina Turner called ”Salt Lake City Limits”?