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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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This is my favorite song out of every song I have heard in my life. This song hits home every time and will always be my top fav song!!
Ever long most favorite song of theirs!!! I could listen to this day and night, if I could. The music video was absolutely the best. You guys rock♡
the bio is wrong grohl lived in aberdeen and played with kurt when they were teens i know im from aberdeen washington and this is kurts birthplace they didnt move to seattle till after the band formed
This freaked me out because it isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say i love you or im sorry
Dave grohl was living in kurts shadow in nirvana. nobody became more successful after kurts death than dave....thin k about it.
I love you Dave Grohl :)
Grohl is the master
Follow for Follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
The colour and the shape one of my favorite albums. Mainly for the song everlong David Grohl rocks
Yes! Just Yes!
Fwi ur mom has dedication to the shaft
F**k all u hating f**ks
this song always reminds me of varsity blues classic
Foo Fighters is a way better band than Nirvana..... . . .
they have the dedication that the early rock bands did. classic rock died cause most of the musicians got lazy and started cutting corners. no amount of studio magic can beat a good performance and the Foo's are really good at performing.
i like this band, but, lol, there is no way Dave Grohl is a Power-house drummer like the bio states!! ;)
Follow for Follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
Dave Grohl is the F**king s**t!!!!!!!
Foo fighters
Gotta say though I do love Taylor Hawkins too…
Even though I am a girl Dave grohl will always be my role model. I love the foo fighters and nirvana
This new Pandora though
best of you!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
No not Seattle he is from West Virgina.

Dave is a great artist and is still rock'n'rolli n g it
Is Dave Grohl a12th Man for Seattle???
luv pitting on headphones and cranking up FOOFIGHTERS !!!!xoxoxodk
Is it just me, or is the Sonic Highways album cover Supertramp's Breakfast in America from 35+ years ago, minus the airplane window frame and waitress?
Follow for Follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
Dave Grhol has been in 2 AMAZING bands!! Love his work in Nirvana sooooo much I bet he really misses Kurt Cobain as much as I do!! I also love that he's now singing and playing guitar like Kurt Cobain
These guys are so awesome and badass
@Julie - I would agree that he's extremely talented on many levels - musician, songwriter, creative genius, great actor and performer.
Dave Grohl is just extremely talented and respected by ALL in the music industry.... . h e is an amazing man....saw him up close, personal and live...what a show!!!! Him and the Hawk are hilarious!!!
This song and learn to fly, I agree are the best songs. Wait a sec. times like these learn to fly. Wow! That's clever. :)
The music videos for Walk and Learn to Fly are my favorite music videos ever, they are HILARIOUS
He is no mortal man remember he played Satan in TPOD
Come down and waste away with it...
Never again!!!!
"All my life" & "Pretender" 2 of my favorite songs from them
I'm a Florida girl born n raised..we know who came from the real Skynard
Hello I've waited here for you ....come down and waste away with me..or better yet let's get wasted...
sorry but this song kind of sucks
firouzeh.ker m a n c h i
Grohl is an effin' badass. LOVE his energy and yes, Arlandria is for lovers, Foo You!!
Simply great!
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 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. 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 because it actually works!
Love being a foo. MERRY CHRISTMAS DAVE. you r the reason for the fighters! !!!
You're not gone... Your two of the most important people of my life.. I don't want you to get the wrong impression I am not obsessing.. But,,, Someday....
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this in 10 comments in 10 minutes you'll have the best day of your life tomorrow you will either be kissed it asked out if you break this chain you'll see a little girl in your room tonite in the next four minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
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