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Foo Fighters(OFFICIAL)

Alternative / Rock

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While he was drumming with Nirvana, Dave Grohl was recording original songs at home that never received public release. Those tapes would become the foundation of Foo Fighters, the band he formed in 1995, after the death of Kurt Cobain. Like Nirvana, Foo Fighters melded loud, heavy guitars with pretty melodies and mixed punk sensibilities with a sharp sense of pop songwriting.

Dave Grohl began playing guitar and writing songs in his early teens, as well as performing with a variety of hardcore punk bands. In the late '80s, when he was still in his teens, he joined the Washington, D.C.-area hardcore band Scream as their drummer. During the final days of Scream, 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. After Scream's 1990 summer tour, Grohl joined Nirvana and moved 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 stayed off of the road, he recorded solo material with Jones, who had 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, booking time in a professional studio, Grohl and Jones recorded the album that became 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 was 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 their 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 in the spring of 1997, 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 and eclectic rock songs to be released in 2007 under the name Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Comments (21)

  • Scaudiophile said:
    man...those chords in "Best of You" are hypnotizing on an acoustic guitar with projected sustain............................... Feb 04
  • Scaudiophile said:
    genius! That's the word it was, is. crucial word I left out....um....alrighty! Peace out and in whoever we are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F F THE OTHERS Jan 29
  • Scaudiophile said:
    hi some spamoriffic flippity fudgity: um now I forgot what the fuck I was trying to say............oh yah, at the end of Everlong it sounds kind of like a d.j. spinning- the guitars in all of the Foo Fighters' songs sound like a beat of their own & it's trippy and I don't know how the f. Jan 29
  • Kidkevskate said:
    PLEASE HELP! purevolume.com/aftafl---A Farewell to Arms --- poppunk.dubstep.hardcore Dec 06
  • ben pierre said:
    i need friend and how to add bands ? anyone help me lolz Jun 30
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    hello guys please checkout my new band fleet street we are from the UK and want to make friends and fans in the US! www.purevolume.com/fleetstreetaresweet Apr 07
  • funkyshades said:
    -- I love Times Like These and Everlong. GENIUS. Mar 08
  • Rachel Lilley said:
    Check it out :) http://www.purevolume.com/TheoryofFlight Feb 08
  • gypsygirl said:
    EVERLONG is one of the best songs of all time.... but check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QcZ2a6sams don't forget to find new music and post it for the rest of us! We all need new music!!!! Dec 08
  • Natasha said:
    I like you so much. Sucess Always!!! kisses :* Sep 12
  • Isaac said:
    Yall are one of the only REAL hard rock groups left out there!!!!!!! And that pretty awesome. with your angry lyrics and hard core riffs its no wonder there arnt any other groups like yall... They cant compaire anywhere near yall! Yall are now in my openion of total awesomeliciousness !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But i do have a question for mr. Grohl. how often do you think about how far nirvana couldve gotten if it wasnt for kurt's sad and untimely death. May 26
  • TalkUrShit said:
    I love u guys are awesome, Learn To Fly is the fuckin best song ever i dont care wht anybody else thinks!! :D :D May 21
  • Rebeca said:
    EVERLONG is the best :D walking after you is great :] May 11
  • Rebeca said:
    i love you for fuckin life! May 11
  • Mikopop said:
    Let it die................The BEST song EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! Apr 21

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