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Foo Fighters

When Foo Fighters released a debut album written and recorded entirely by leader Dave Grohl -- at that point known only as the powerhouse drummer for Nirvana -- in the summer of 1995, few would have guessed that the group would wind up as the one band to survive the '90s alt-rock explosion unscathed. Other bands burned brighter but they flamed out, breaking up after scoring a hit or two, but the Foos steadily racked up success after success, filling up stadiums around the world while staying on top of the charts all the way into the second decade of the new millennium. Once the band's lineup coalesced around the time of its third album in 1999, Foo Fighters' sound also gelled into a recognizable signature built upon the heavy, melodic, loud-quiet-loud template of the Pixies and Nirvana, the modern rock anchored by a love of classic guitar rock. It was commercial without pandering, creatively restless without being alienating, a sound with wide appeal delivered by a band that was happy to tour and record the way bands did back in the '70s. When Wasting Light became their first number one album in America upon its release in the spring of 2011, it was confirmation that Foo Fighters were survivors who had earned a large, devoted audience primarily through hard work.

All of this industriousness stems from Dave Grohl, who had been playing guitar and writing songs long before he began drumming. Throughout his early teens he performed in a variety of hardcore punk bands and in the late '80s he joined the Washington, D.C.-area hardcore band Scream as their drummer. During Scream's final days, Grohl began recording his own material in the basement studio of his friend Barrett Jones. Some of Grohl's songs appeared on Scream's final album, Fumble. Following the band's 1990 summer tour, Grohl joined Nirvana and moved cross-country to Seattle.

After Nirvana recorded Nevermind, Grohl went back to the D.C. area and recorded a handful of tracks that would appear on Pocketwatch, a cassette released by Simple Machines. For most of 1992, he was busy with Nirvana, but when the band was off the road, he recorded solo material with Jones, who had also moved to Seattle. The pair kept recording throughout early 1993, when Grohl returned to Nirvana to record In Utero. Grohl had toyed with the idea of releasing another independent cassette in the summer of 1993, but the plans never reached fruition. Following Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994, the drummer kept quiet for several months. In the fall of 1994, Grohl and Jones decamped to a professional studio and recorded the songs that comprised Foo Fighters' debut album in a week. Boiling down his backlog of songs to about 15 tracks, Grohl played all of the instruments on the album. He made 100 copies of the tape, passing it out to friends and associates. In no time, Grohl's solo project became the object of a fierce record company bidding war.

Instead of embarking on a full-fledged solo career, Grohl decided to form a band. Through his wife he met Nate Mendel, the bassist for Sunny Day Real Estate. Shortly before the pair met, Jeremy Enigk, the leader of Sunny Day Real Estate, had converted to Christianity and quit the band, effectively ending the group's career. Not only did Mendel join Grohl's band, but so did Sunny Day's drummer, William Goldsmith. Former Germs and Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear rounded out the lineup. The band, named Foo Fighters after a World War II secret force that allegedly researched UFOs, signed a contract with Capitol Records. The band's self-titled debut, consisting solely of Dave Grohl's solo recordings, was released on July 4, 1995. It became an instant success in America, as "This Is a Call" garnered heavy alternative and album rock airplay. By early 1996, the album was certified platinum in the U.S.

Throughout 1996, Foo Fighters supported the album with an extensive tour, enjoying a crossover hit with "Big Me" that spring. Late in the year, the group began recording its second album with producer Gil Norton. During the sessions, William Goldsmith left the band due to creative tensions, leaving Grohl to drum on the majority of the album. Before the record's release, Goldsmith was replaced by Taylor Hawkins, who had previously drummed with Alanis Morissette. The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters' second album and the first they recorded as a band, was issued in May of 1997. Smear left the group in the wake of the album's completion and was replaced by guitarist Franz Stahl, whose stay proved short-lived; 1999's There Is Nothing Left to Lose was recorded as a three-piece, with ex-No Use for a Name guitarist Chris Shiflett signing on soon after.

One by One, the group's most polished production, appeared in late 2002, followed by 2005's In Your Honor, which narrowly missed the top of Billboard's album chart. After releasing a live album titled Skin and Bones in 2006, the band returned to Norton's studio and started constructing a dozen fractured, eclectic rock songs to be released in 2007 under the name Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace. Two years later, the group released its first compilation, Greatest Hits, as Grohl launched his new supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which also featured Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. Foo Fighters reconvened for 2011's Wasting Light, a Butch Vig production that doubled as the official return of Pat Smear, who hadn't played on any of the band's albums since 1997. Wasting Light wound up as a smash success for the Foos, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts, going gold in the U.S. and garnering the band another four Grammy Awards. In the wake of Wasting Light, several other Foo projects emerged -- a limited-edition compilation of covers called Medium Rare released for Record Store Day 2011; a documentary of the band called Back and Forth -- and the group toured the album into 2012.

In 2012, the Foo Fighters announced they were taking a hiatus and Dave Grohl immediately returned to the confines of Queens of the Stone Age, drumming on their 2013 album ...Like Clockwork, and he also threw himself into directing a documentary about the legendary Los Angeles recording studio Sound City. The film appeared early in 2013 to positive reviews, and it was accompanied by a soundtrack called Sound City: Reel to Real, which featured Grohl-directed jams featuring a variety of Sound City veterans, plus Paul McCartney. Not long after its release, the Foo Fighters announced their hiatus had ended and they were working on a new album. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: Rope (Radio Single)


Track List: Wheels (Radio Single)


Best concert that I have ever been to and I been to many!! We see the again in New Orleans this October voodoo fest!!!!
All of their songs are so AMAZING! Everlong, Hero, Let it Die, etc.
Can't wait for the new album!!
Great musician, great person, definitely someone to look up to and admire. David Grohl is amazing. :)
Great musician, great person, definitely someone to look up do and admire. David Grohl is amazing. :)
Foo fighters the best
Everlong just reaches back into my childhood
the guy on the far right is Pat Smear, he toured with Nirvana and was a member of the Germs if memory serves me correctly.
what a great band better than nirvana in my humble opinion
NBA Championship Finals 2010-2011
@ Thewaterofhu m a n i t y # 1 5
-Is it just me or is every project he's involved with great? I respect him as a musician, and as a person he's just a great guy. Love the Foo Fighters, great band.


GROHL IS A MONSTER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY!!! I kinda gave up on Rock after '95ish....Da v e Grohl has kept it real the entire time. Highly respected!!!

This song is actually about kurt
Rock in paradise kurt, the day you dies is the day music died
I'm a big fan of Dave Grohl. Is it just me or is every project he's involved with great? I respect him as a musician, and as a person he's just a great guy. Love the Foo Fighters, great band.
I think Dave, Jerry, Eddie, and Chris should form a one time all star group, and all the guys from all the groups could play on the tracks, even if its a studio thing never played live, could even pull out some Nirvana and Mother Love Bone that didn't get completed, and you know Jerry has some stuff that might not have made Chains records, and didn't fit the solo records. 20 years since the peak of their era and Cobain's death too soon.
Love this song
Who's the guy on the far right?
Rock A Foo!! Woo Hoo!! See em live you won't regret it!! They f*#cking rock hard!!!!!!!! ! !
This band has secretly built a place in my brain that keeps me going. I get a song like Arlandria, or Dear Rosemary stuck in my head and I don't want it to leave. Great talent, great songwriting, and so frickin tight. Love em.
@seizethewav e : I don't think the bio is disputing the significance of any Foo album prior to Wasting Light. The sentence's key message is that When Wasting Light became their first number one album in America upon its release in the spring of 2011, it was confirmation that Foo Fighters were **SURVIVORS* * . It's saying they're a *lasting* band, as they have been successful going all the way back to 1995 but they got a number one album some 16 years later.
@seizethewav e : I don't think the bio is disputing the significance of any Foo album prior to Wasting Light. The sentence's key message is that When Wasting Light became their first number one album in America upon its release in the spring of 2011, it was confirmation that Foo Fighters were **SURVIVORS* * . It's saying they're a *lasting* band, as they were very successful going all the way back to 1995 but they got a number one album 16 years later.
To the comment below:
Look I don't post how much your pathetic excuse for music sucks
The colour and the shape is a classic!
Grohl is a beast
Want to fight huh? Fight me!!
FOO FIGHTERS ROCK!!!!!!!! ! ! !
These Days
What's the name of their song that goes "one of these days"?
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Dave is literally my inspiration. He was in one of the most LEGENDARY bands of all time (Nirvana) as a drummer, and now he's in FF which is an extremely successful band. He made an album by himself, playing every single instrument needed. He is someone many music lovers should look up to. Dave is a very successful man, and cares about music with a passion.
Dave is the best rocker the one of the best drummers hell yes but the best rocker no way in Hell just rock really really sucks right now I'm very saddened by that
Love it.
untamedspiri t s
I love this cover for Baker Street. But, Nate, Dave and Pat didn't write it. Love Foo Fighters, though!!!!
im foo fighting everyday :D
I freaking love Dave Grohl. He has so much talent it just doesn't seem fair. I love the Foo!
Got the first foo fighters album great album got a few others too including this one love foo fighters love Dave great drummer
A mike in a bombshell?
This was the first song I had heard by Foo Fighters and it's still one of my favorites
Doubt he is the best? Gurrrrl Have you heard him drum? He's freaking TIGHT! and GROOVY as anything! And he recorded the first Foo Fighters CD in his basement and played all the instruments himself. He's a Rock Legend!
Dave Grohl, not groh
David Groh is definitely a very good musician and I love his music but I wouldn't say he's the best :p
Dave Groh is undoubtedly the best musician currently making music
rmville you are full of CRAP
nice that would be my answer to:)
A friend of mine asked what band I was listening to and I said Foo Fighters, he had never heard of them and asked me what genre they were. I had to think for a moment, then came up with what is the only complete answer ROCK AND GHROL
The Pretender is an amazing song
Dave Grohl is a pretty amazing guy. He's been in two very popular bands. Most people can't even make it with one band.
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