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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
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Selected Discography


Track List: Sonic Highways

1. Something From Nothing

2. The Feast And The Famine

3. Congregation

4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness

5. Outside

6. In The Clear

7. Subterranean

8. I Am A River


Track List: Wasting Light

1. Bridge Burning

2. Rope

3. Dear Rosemary

4. White Limo

5. Arlandria

6. These Days

7. Back & Forth

8. A Matter Of Time

9. Miss The Misery

10. I Should Have Known

11. Walk


Track List: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

1. The Pretender

2. Let It Die

3. Erase/Replace

4. Long Road To Ruin

5. Come Alive

6. Stranger Things Have Happened

7. Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)

8. Summer's End

9. Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners

10. Statues

11. But, Honestly

12. Home


Track List: Skin & Bones (Live)

1. Razor (Live)

2. Over And Out (Live)

3. Walking After You (Live)

4. Marigold (Live)

5. My Hero (Live)

6. Next Year (Live)

7. Another Round (Live)

8. Big Me (Live)

9. Cold Day In The Sun (Live)

10. Skin And Bones (Live)

11. February Stars (Live)

12. Times Like These (Live)

13. Friend Of A Friend (Live)

14. Best Of You (Live)

15. Everlong (Live)


Track List: In Your Honor

Disc 1

1. In Your Honor

2. No Way Back

3. Best Of You

4. DOA

5. Hell

6. The Last Song

7. Free Me

8. Resolve

9. The Deepest Blues Are Black

10. End Over End

Disc 2

1. Still

2. What If I Do?

3. Miracle

4. Another Round

5. Friend Of A Friend

6. Over And Out

7. On The Mend

8. Virginia Moon

9. Cold Day In The Sun


Track List: One By One

1. All My Life

2. Low

3. Have It All

4. Times Like These

5. Disenchanted Lullaby

6. Tired Of You

7. Halo

8. Lonely As You

9. Overdrive

10. Burn Away

11. Come Back


Track List: There Is Nothing Left To Lose

1. Stacked Actors

2. Breakout

3. Learn To Fly

4. Gimme Stitches

5. Generator

6. Aurora

7. Live-In Skin

8. Next Year

9. Headwires

10. Ain't It The Life

11. M.I.A.


Track List: My Hero


Track List: The Colour And The Shape

1. Doll

2. Monkey Wrench

3. Hey, Johnny Park!

4. My Poor Brain

5. Wind Up

6. Up In Arms

7. My Hero

8. See You

9. Enough Space

10. February Stars

11. Everlong

12. Walking After You

13. New Way Home


Track List: Foo Fighters

1. This Is A Call

2. I'll Stick Around

3. Big Me

4. Alone + Easy Target

5. Good Grief

6. Floaty

7. Weenie Beenie

8. Oh, George

9. For All The Cows

10. X-Static

11. Wattershed

12. Exhausted


Track List: Rope (Deadmau5 Mix) (Single)


Track List: Rope (Radio Single)

1. Rope


Track List: Saint Cecilia EP

1. Saint Cecilia

2. Sean

3. Savior Breath

4. Iron Rooster

5. The Neverending Sigh


Track List: Something From Nothing (Single)

1. Something From Nothing


Track List: Songs From The Laundry Room EP

1. Alone + Easy Target (Songs From The Laundry Room)

2. Big Me (Songs From The Laundry Room)

3. Kids In America (Songs From The Laundry Room)

4. Empty Handed (Songs From The Laundry Room)


Track List: Wheels (Radio Single)

1. Wheels


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The Foo Fighters Good Sing Learn To Fly
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Rock on, Dave.
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The Colour And The Shape is my favorite Foo album. So many years of listening to it front to back. I recommend New Way Home off of that one.
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one of the only bands that still play instruments. . . 95% of todays music dont play instruments. Correction, 99% of todays music dont play instruments
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I listen to this with my dad love it love ya Dave
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Hello good music people hi
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Good song man
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Happy belated Birthday Dave. Rock on
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Love this song
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Will make list of great Rock N' Roll music , then, said valuable piece of paper will be laminated, because lamination is forever .......
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Fooo---k all who never bothered.. I did, and every one I know did , everything else is their loss. Rock on
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Does anyone know how Dave Grohl heard about Nirvana that convinced him to join a band all the way on the other side of the country? Was it suggested by someone?
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Cool!! Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl!! He is so ultra talented!!
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Today is Dave's birthday ������
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i knew the 1st album wasjustthebe g i n n i n g ha not enough to invest dough oh well....its awesome daves success
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Grohl is a true musicain - i love everything he's done; saw him play drums with Joe Walsh & Gary Clark on a Beatles tribute doing While My Guitar Gently Weeps - F**king awesome, period.
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Fan forever!
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I see all of you just love the too... But they play them so much on my station that I'm just burnt! I can't seem to get Pandora to play less of them on my station... Any thoughts???
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Love the foo can't get enough!
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Love and live for Dave (and Robert Smith)
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i saw them at citi field this year and they tottally rocked the joint,and yes i smoked many too lol
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All the best Fookin people with great taste love Foo Fighters! Listening to Foos makes you better looking and a better person. Listen at the gym ��������✌��️
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Great music, great art, great people. That's what it's all about.
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As the greate Dave Grohl once said "FRESH POTS!!!"
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Saw these guys guys in concert in tulsa one of the best I've been too. If they come to town I'm definitely going again.
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Foo Fighters are hands down one of my FAVORITE BANDS OF ALL TIME. I never thought I would like them as much as I do now, but now I listen to them more than almost any other band. If some of you don't appreciate their unique tastes then you shouldn't be posting where people post positive things. LONG LIVE THE FOO'S!!!
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Good song
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This song reminds of an ex girlfiend. For a while she got the best of me.,No longer the case still think about her every now and then.
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nothing is as bad as Nickleback! sometimes the radio ruins the Foo fighters for me along with red hot chilli peppers they just play their music out. But I'll still listen.
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Foo fighters is like the nickelback of alt rock. Their music sucks but everyone loves them.
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They are my favorite rock band. They influence me to be who I am today and also how I want to be a musician. I love the Foo Fighters!
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Sometimes I feel like Foo Fighters is what Nirvana could've been.
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Not my account or phone.. Cody Malone 501-617-0310 leave msg or txt... You get it dude?
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I need to hitch a ride, practice up then find the light.
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they're Foo Fighters because they picked up the mantle from Mr. T in the fight against Foo's! greatest rock band of my time.
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☆♡☆ Foo Fighter ◇◇◇◇☆☆☆♡☆☆☆◇
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Rock ain't dead yet!
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One of these days,people like us is going to thank us for being are hero's. And one day me and my mom saved my dad for pasting out and my dad said, that he saw heaven and one day he will be up there.☺
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What is Foo, and why are they fighting it?
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Love you
Foo fighters
<3 thank you for your music .. BTW love you Dave jamming with
Queens of the stone age
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Hey Foos! Your music is AWESOME!! Dave, I commented on Nirvana radio and Sound City Radio. Go check it out!
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Now Playing: Everlong by Foo Fighters on Adult-ternat i v e Radio (Hits1 Radio Network)
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One of these days.....
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This is one of the best bands of one of the best genres. We don't need music critics commenting on this band and starting a flame war about the Foo Fighters by copying insults from XBox Live.
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Classic REAL music.
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good ole music....... .
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this is one of my favorite songs
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Which one of these band members was a past member of band : NIRVANA with Kurt Cobain ? ⚡️❤️⚡️
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Energy? Was it because of the moon? If so I'm glad the moon is placed there and kept in place by a higher power!
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