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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, while the Foos steadily racked up success after success, filling 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. 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 including 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. Sonic Highways, released late in 2014, was their most ambitious project yet; each track was recorded in a different city, some with special featured guests, a process documented on an eight-episode documentary series for HBO. Sonic Highways saw international release in early November 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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plumcrzy2
nicko-if you're going to talk chet about one of the most talented musicians/si n g e r s of all times, then for crap's sakes, SPELL IT RIGHT!!!
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1.kiss your hand
2.say your crushes name
3.say your name
4.close your hand
5.choose a school day
6.post this on 10 different songs and you will be asked out on that day
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nicko252008
Dave groehl killed Kurt Cobain, I mean he has a song called il stick around yeah sure your will now that Kurt Is dead. what a piece of chet. He was just a s**tty drummer.
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Love them
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Dave Grohl you are MY HERO ��
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DAVE GROHL!!!#!!! ! !
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Alabastervil l i s 0 . . Best Comment Ever lol
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Best of you!! BEST SONG EVER!!!
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alabastervil l i s 0
i hope a sick bird flys over your tiny head and as you look up contemplatin g your pathetic life, the bird craps in your big mouth and you swallow it whole and think to yourself, i deserve this because i posted a lame chain letter.
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kalyseconger

Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured in two days(U won't die). Now you started reading this so now don't stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 min. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. This is so scary it actually works!
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DG is brilliant!
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alabastervil l i s 0
better by in large then any of the similar artists they mentioned. a world of difference
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These has been my favorite love lyrics from day one...still perfect and without rival for me. It's so good, I don't even associate it with one of my ex's! A love song w/out baggage.
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Love "WALK"!!!
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One o my favorite bands!! Please check this link out if you subscribe I will follow you:) https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / c h a n n e l / U C 4 Q R j X X r y u U 9 E q 8 t E e F T 2 Y Q / v i d e o s
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few would have guessed that the group would wind up as the one band to survive the '90s alt-rock explosion unscathed. Seriously?? Ever hear of a little band called Pearl Jam? Yeah they went through drummers but its not that hard to survive the 90's as FF did when you start a band as they are half over....
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My Hero- badass song.
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this band has keep going thru the hard times
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Fingers yes unreal song
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Amaizing!
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THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST THE BEST
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alabastervil l i s 0
sheep royashford 19, your a blind deaf perp
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My hero died October 23rd 10:45. 2 years ago! The only solid real man who worked his way into my sealed off heart! They say I will find another! But I doubt it! Guess its true only the good die young! Its lonely here without him! Always love you truly Joey!
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My hero is my favorite song by foo fighters
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mk.goldstein
Love Foo Fighters!
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Every time when I hear the song hero I always think of my dad love
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I love Dave Grohl's music and just love the fact that local boy goes worldwide!!
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Follow for Follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
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hperttula3
lol
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This song is one of my faves. My grandpa was my hero and he was an ordinary person not immortal . Makes me think of him. The song not the video.
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Times likes these...I smile every time.
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Best band ever, really influenced me to get into music. The song pretender is what really got my into the Foo Fighters great band and hilarious. Dave Grohl is a musical genius. Taylor Hawkins, possibly the greatest drummer ever. Nate Mendel great dude and he is totally funny. Pat smear great guitarist and also very funny
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alabastervil l i s 0
i want to be the first person to f*rt the alphabet, my last 7 attempts have all ended in quite a ugly mess, but ill keep tryen no matter what the neighbors says
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BIg fan, not just of the music but the man, dave grohl, his contribution to the music industry has been great without feeling the need to be a total jackass like so many others have been in the past.
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greenmusic20 1 3
If you're interested in making some extra cash online check out ATOCE.COM you can sign up for free and you can easily make around $600 per week from it. You're welcome.
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craig.nickel s
I would say "color and the shape","noth i n g left to lose" & "in your honor"(both rocking and acoustic)... b u t all their work is consistently good
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Your the pretender���
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My Favorite Song by them?
Yes
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Top 3 Foo Fighter albums?
1:Echoes,Sil e n c e , P a i t e n c e , a n d Grace
2:Sonic Highways
3:Wasting Light
(The others are still AMAZING!!)
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There is not a Foo Song I don't LOVE...I mean, really, how can you not? :)
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Not funny all muzak
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nicko252008
First album was awesome, after that not so much...
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It's real the pain you feel.
Is someone getting the best of you?
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The video to this song is funny.
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Love these guys
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feel good music
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I haven't heard this one in so long. Brings me back, love it!
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everlong is the best song ever
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This is my favorite song out of every song I have heard in my life. This song hits home every time and will always be my top fav song!!
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Ever long most favorite song of theirs!!! I could listen to this day and night, if I could. The music video was absolutely the best. You guys rock♡
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