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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. 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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Comments

angie011974
There goes my hero!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
Dave for President!!!
Dave Grohl is and always be the man!!! Not a better song writer out there.
Dave Grohl is and always be the man!!!
i wish they did christmas songs as well....
Don't read this because it actually works, you will be kissed on the nearest possible 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 die in 2days. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary
Love Dave's creativity, especially his video work.
He's supremely talented!! Love the Foo Fighters!!
Follow for follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
The only thing id ever ask of you, gotta promise not to stop when I say when. She sang........ . G R E A T SONG
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 die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter this is so scary because it actually works
Thanks for this great song men
goldie_lux
the live versions of Times Like These and Everlong give me goosebumps every single time!!
I'm glad I'm learning this song on guitar.
This band is top 3 in my book they have never thrown out a bad album if u are a fan of any rock u should listen to the foo fighters alot more
Some to haunt you, some to make you smile, but yet, nothing will go unseen
It's mysterious how some things come back, long after they are forgotten...
My favorite song
amye45
love when they covered Roky Erickson 2-Headed Dog
Pretty God damn good song here ...
I LOVE Foo Fighters ♡Great Song !!
THE BEST!!!!!!
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 die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter this is so scary because it actually works.
I remember when they first hit, I LOVE them!!!!!!
THIS is okay. Their best is everlong
I like this song to much :/
Log fire = rain
Follow for follow (www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m )
The Foo Fighters are hitting the road for an extensive North American tour next summer and fall. The 28-city outing kicks off in Washington, D.C.. July 4 and wraps up Oct. 7 in Memphis, with fellow rockers Royal Blood and Mission of Burma joining them for select shows along the way.
Love it bojets007!!! You go boy!!!!!!!
Wicked good song!
I love you and your song my hero
exhaling now
jabennett671
killer song
reed3rb
YEEEEEEEEEEE E E E A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A H H ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Havent been on Pandora for months. What happened to the lyrics?
Such a Great song. One of the Best Concerts ever over that past 40+ yrs was seeing Dave and the Foo's. Love THEM! Hope to see them 8 more times!
thexlostxpap e r c l i p
New record just came out!
I love this song
DOES OLYMPICBOOKD O U C H E HAVE A CLUE ?? HIT SKIP AND MOVE ON !! ONE OF FEW AMERICAN ROCK STORIES TO RISE FROM THE WRECKAGE OF THE PAST AND SUCCEED WITH MEANINGFUL MUSIC AND DIDNT SELL OUT !! SHOW RESPECT WHERE RESPECT IS DO OR KEEP IT TO YOURSELF !!
olympicbookd u d e - moron
vanilla band? corporate creation? please go some where else with your BS complaints.
Not sure why this vanilla band shows up on my Killing Joke station. They are such a corporate creation - the antithesis of everything Jaz Coleman stands for.
I don't understand how Dave Grohl thinks he doesn't have a good voice. It's bloody great!
They rocked it at Voodoo! I'm so glad I went out to see them.
Omg foo fighters are my hero
There goes my hero! :3
Follow me and I will follow you back!
In order to truly appreciate the journey of the Foo Fighters - a must see on HBO is Sonic Highways... ❤️
Call the Foo's alternative, classic rock hybrid, radio friendly pop, or whatever you want. All I really know is that they consistently make music that tickles my rock and roll funnybone. If I had to pick the number one American rock band over the course of the last 20 years, it has to be the Foo's.
These guys are alternative, right? Just tryin' to get their genre down. Love their music, though.
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