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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, 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, Foo Fighters announced that 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. During the Sonic Highways world tour, the Foos had the honor of being the final band to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 24, 2015. Soon after, as touring resumed, Grohl fell from the stage during a stop in Sweden, breaking his leg. He performed from a throne for the remainder of the tour, which was rechristened the "Broken Leg Tour."

In late 2015, both as a gesture of appreciation to fans and a tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks, Foo Fighters released the Saint Cecilia EP, a five-song blast that featured Gary Clark, Jr. and Ben Kweller. It returned the band to the Billboard charts, peaking in the Top 20 on the Hard Rock, Alternative, Tastemaker, and Vinyl charts. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

10. Razor

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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

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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.

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Track List: My Hero

1. My Hero

2. Baker Street

3. Dear Lover

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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

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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

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Track List: Let It Die

1. Let It Die

3. If Ever

4. Come Alive (Demo Version)

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Track List: Rope (Deadmau5 Mix) (Single)

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Track List: Rope (Radio Single)

1. Rope

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Track List: Saint Cecilia EP

1. Saint Cecilia

2. Sean

3. Savior Breath

4. Iron Rooster

5. The Neverending Sigh

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Track List: Something From Nothing (Single)

1. Something From Nothing

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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)

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Track List: The Pretender (Radio Single)

1. The Pretender

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Track List: Wheels (Radio Single)

1. Wheels

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: 0) hi!!!! (As my cheerful voice)
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footos
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Wheels is my favorite FF song :o)
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My Zeppelin was called up on stage in Camden. YouTube it. Foo Fighter's "fans Walk on Stage" that's us. We love them.
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I wanna fight with some foo!
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Foo fighters for life
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Foo fiters
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STILL ROLLEN THE CHARTS OF TIME LOL ROCK FOO FOO MAN.....
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Their recent releases have been rather lackluster, almost sounding to similar to everything done in the past.
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He looks so dumb without a beard but God in heaven I love their music!
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Love Dave Grohl and the Foos
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DONT READ THIS YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEARES POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW THAT YOUVE STARTED THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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The best band ever man I love Too Fighters their music is so beautiful and awesome
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"...can't sleep..."
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That's me, those whispers and mumbles, surreptitiou s l y recorded
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At the end of Everlongn
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LOVE THIS BAND!
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Hands down my favorite band.
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Some good songs, but totally overrated. IMO
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Too fighters are the s**t
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One of those few bands that have accompanied my growth as a person.
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For Fighters kick a**¡!!!!!!!
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why do people do this
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last one in a very long line...very
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When there's a reason, and something to loose....
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Stop when who says when.
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Foo Fighters... 'nuff said.
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Foo Fighers... 'nuff said.
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R u really spinning, this is me and my girl "FEE'S" song, can't nobody tell us about pearl jam...
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One of the greatest bands ever!!!! I actually have a pretty cool Foo Fighters shirt with an eagle I got from Target like 4 years ago...
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which hand?
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My mom loves thus song it is her ringtone she sings it every time it is on.!!!����
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Where Are You.......MY HERO!!!!!!!? ? ? ? ? ? ? X X X X X X O O O O
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Thanks for clearing my head!
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OMFG THESE GUYS GIVE ME HOPE!!! ♥
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To be fair, Grohl did the drumming on all of their 1st album and most of their 2nd...
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Hes a big fan����
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he isnt the drummer for foo fighters.
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Dave you are a genius on those drums yourbdrum playing is the reason I'm a fan of the Fabulous Foo Fighters!!!! !
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Honestly, I like Nickelback. Someone please explain why others hats them please! Don't want to argue, just curious on other peoples opinions! :)
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Chords are fire
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Heellooo ive waited here for you
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Anyway, what brought me here was to complain about when Pandora changes album art. They did it once about a month ago, and it put price tags on select albums. Now, both My Hero, (1998 album) and Wheels (Radio Single) show band pictures as the covers. As it was, Wheels didn't even have the correct album cover as a single.
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