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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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Bout to see them in Okc sept 29. They have been my favorite band since I was a youngin!
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Never really liked the foofitters, saw them live, n man they just f**kin rocked out so hard I just couldn't help but respect them ten fold. N even the songs I didn't like were better. Their vibe, for lack of better words, is outstandingl y powerful.
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mjones3487
Saw them last night in Indy - fantastic show! I agree - best live show I've seen. Great Christmas present from my kids!
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Seen the Foo's In Detroit the other night!!!! Awesome Show!!! Best Show Ive ever been to
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I wish I got into them earlier
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I am going to see Foo Fighters tomorrow!! I can't wait. It is going to be awesome. They are my favorite band♡♥♡♥♡*^▁ ^ *
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Some guy cried to my hero like a week ago. :)
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Foo Fighters are by far the greatest rock band in the world today! One of my Top 10 Bands of all time! Rock n' Grohl!!
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tsgreer79
Finally saw the Foos in St. Louis this week... such a great show!!
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Got some good music on my profile! Come check it out. Follow me for more!
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I'm going to see Foo Fighters for the first time in 1 week from today, a bucket list for me....MY FAVORITE BAND! I LOVE DAVE GROHL! ;-) ��
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Good thing Pandora has band bios. Otherwise, I'd have never known Dave Grohl came from Nirvana
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I want more songs
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Just saw the Foo at Fenway Park in July........ t h e y were completely insane! Top 3 live bands I have ever seen and imagine if he had 2 good legs, was sitting in The Throne all night and he still was crazy great.
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FlyingHobo55 8 - You are dead wrong and borderline blasphemous. Led Zep was a pioneer of world music and the variety of musical styles they explored is second to none. I must admit that I've never been much of a fan even though I was in high school during their final days, but would never knock their musical skills or importance to rock history. I'm sure Dave Grohl would agree with me.
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Heavens to Betsy..... anyone?.... didn't think so...
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who gives an actual f**k about led zep? They were a plagarist classic band that is equal to a classic flo rida
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I never realized how talented these guys are until now. Fully impressed and sad I never opened my mind up after cobain passed to let these guys in until now.
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nicko252008
Watch Grohl's wembley stadium performance with jimmi page, absolutely horrible. he doesn't even know the words to a classic Led Zep song. pretty sad...he calls himself a rockstar.
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sbauroth
Back when this song came out I thought it was good. Now, years later I realized really how great it is. Or, maybe the music that's out now just as good as it was back in the 90's...
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Road trip music!!!!!!!
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Grohl is one of the most talented musicians to exist
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biggiefox
Safe
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boring bands
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Definitely Everlong!!!!
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This is the best song.
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Their best song is Everlong. Definitely Everlong.
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inayah.rahee m
Love ff
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jayoates1978
"Gotta promise not to stop",,
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��this song, once dedicated to me,...smh, memories!"
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Everlong is still my favorite song of all time
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I love ff. Always. Great band.
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Love the foos Dave ghrols voice is amaxing
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"There goes my hero... Watch him as he goes"

I don't know why, but I imagine war. A child encounters with a soldier and is terrified and the soldier tells the kid it'll be okay. I'm here to protect you and then the kid relaxes a bit, but the soldier has to go and the kid watches him leave.. I don't know this is just what I imagined.

This band is great (: Great song too, "Hero"
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Vision baby
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He is looking to keep it going because he can
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Dave Grohl is truly one of the last Mohicans. Fo now. True musician baby. I don't see anything else out there
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pattirilje
He rocked foo fighters and nirvana in my opinion
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pattirilje
Hey guys did u see foo fighters in 2015? Dave Grohl broke his leg but was like "I need to go back"
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r.metz21
U
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FF rock!
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FF rocks! Cannot wait to see them live!
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I fell in love with this song from the first time i heard it.
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Probably the greatest band out there
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Dave Grohl yesterday-br o k e his leg during a show, got it set at the hospital, came back & finished the concert.
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Best rock band of Gen X. Nirvana changed the landscape. FF dominate it still. Obviously they both share 1 commonality.
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nicko252008
Watch grohl's wembley stadium performance with jimmi page, HORRIBLE he didn't even know the words to ramble on!! How can you call you call yourself a rockstar?!
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alabastervil l i s 0
who the heck are you? im a person some love to know and others have hated to meet.
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Who are you people??
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