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Old 10-23-07, 10:35 PM
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Tell me about the Foo Fighters

My husband got me listening to their newest cd and I love it.
Are all their cd's this good?
I am thinking about listening to them.
Old 10-23-07, 11:04 PM
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Yeah, they're pretty much consistent. Every album has 2-3 amazing rockin' songs, some interesting above average songs, and some filler.

Great live band, too. Check out their DVDs.
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i havent heard the newest cd but from what ive read its supposed to be their worst.
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They're a band
Old 10-24-07, 10:07 AM
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Foo Fighters by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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.
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If you like the new CD, you'll like pretty much ALL their stuff (with the exception of their first record most likely). You should definitely check out 'The Colour & The Shape' and 'In Your Honor' as soon as possible though, 2 amazing albums... and chino, Echoes is far from their worst, it's in my top 3 (although their worst is still awesome to me...so it's a relative term)

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Wow my type of girl.

Ok, heres the deal.

First album (self titled) = awesome, a great raw album, has my favorite Foo song on it , 'I'll Stick Around'.

The Colour and the Shape= One of the best records of all time. Amazing album, full of soft and hard, a great blend.

There is Nothing Left To Lose= Certaintly their most middle of the road album by the sound, BUT, it also has some great writing on this album. Most of the songs dont stray to far from middle of the road rock. Not to hard, not to soft. Great album.

One By One= my least favorite album, but still a good album. Has some great songs, and some that just go by, forgetful.

In Your Honor= A great mix of songs, some really good stuff on it. Rock is pretty straight ahead rock, the acoustic is good, but all of the songs from the acoustic side were done better on their live acoustic shows.
You can get the album Skin and Bones which showcases several of them plus other songs of theirs.

ESPG= Already my second favorite Foo album, and could go to #1 with time. As you know, the writing is top notch, the mix of hard and soft within the songs is great. Just freakin great.

If you only buy 2, get The Colour and the Shape and In Your Honor, or There is Nothing Left To Lose.

Have Fun!
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Originally Posted by cungar
Foo Fighters by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The band, named Foo Fighters after a World War II secret force that allegedly researched UFOs...
Someone needs to tell Mr. Erlewine to get his information straight. "Foo fighters" were the actual objects pilots were seeing, not some "secret force" that looked into them. Sheesh.
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First two albums are fantastic. The rest, not so much. IMO, of course.
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oh, their rare songs and b-sides are also great.

You can pick up a new version of "The Color And The Shape" with something like 8 bonus tracks at stores now.
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Definitely buy "The Color And The Shape" next. Itís by far their best album.
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Originally Posted by nodeerforamonth
oh, their rare songs and b-sides are also great.

You can pick up a new version of "The Color And The Shape" with something like 8 bonus tracks at stores now.

Great, going to pick it up today.
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The Title Track to 'The Colour and the Shape' is freaking great, one of their best b-sides. Its true, they have alot of great b-sides. A320 is probably my fav non album song, but there are so many. FFL, Normal, Walking A Line, all great.
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one of the most underrated bands ever, i have enjoyed everything they have done so far and look forward to more.
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Originally Posted by KV12482
Definitely buy "The Color And The Shape" next. Itís by far their best album.
By faaaar.
Old 10-26-07, 07:13 PM
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After hearing the first Foo Fighters album, my initial thought was - "What the hell was Dave Grohl doing wasting his time drumming for Nirvana?".

With that album alone, he proved that he was just as talented, if not more so, than the highly overrated Kurt Cobain. Grohl played everything but two guitar solos on the debut album - remember that when you listen to it. And if the debut wasn't already great enough, he followed it up with what is easily one the quintessential album's of the 90's with The Color And The Shape.

Their live show is pretty awesome, too. I saw them open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the Californication tour, and they completely blew them off the stage!
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Originally Posted by foofighters7
Wow my type of girl.

Ok, heres the deal.

First album (self titled) = awesome, a great raw album, has my favorite Foo song on it , 'I'll Stick Around'.

The Colour and the Shape= One of the best records of all time. Amazing album, full of soft and hard, a great blend.

There is Nothing Left To Lose= Certaintly their most middle of the road album by the sound, BUT, it also has some great writing on this album. Most of the songs dont stray to far from middle of the road rock. Not to hard, not to soft. Great album.

One By One= my least favorite album, but still a good album. Has some great songs, and some that just go by, forgetful.

In Your Honor= A great mix of songs, some really good stuff on it. Rock is pretty straight ahead rock, the acoustic is good, but all of the songs from the acoustic side were done better on their live acoustic shows.
You can get the album Skin and Bones which showcases several of them plus other songs of theirs.

ESPG= Already my second favorite Foo album, and could go to #1 with time. As you know, the writing is top notch, the mix of hard and soft within the songs is great. Just freakin great.

If you only buy 2, get The Colour and the Shape and In Your Honor, or There is Nothing Left To Lose.

Have Fun!
So took your advice and bought the latest edition of The Colour and the Shape and it is also amazing. I am constantly switching back and forth in my car between that and the new cd.

Getting ready to download from itunes In Your Honor.

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Slash (of Gn'R fame) was on Howard Stern's show yesterday. FWIW, he mentioned that the Foo Fighters are pretty much the only band from the past 15 years that he listens to. So if you want to be like Slash, I guess you should be listening to the Foo Fighters.
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Dave Grohl lives down the street from me.
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
Dave Grohl lives down the street from me.
In CA or VA?
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VA (although his house is now on the market)
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VA (although his house is now on the market)
Really? Would be cool to go to settlement with Dave.
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It's the place where he has his studio and records most of their albums. I would just like a tour of it, before he moves out.
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
Dave Grohl lives down the street from me.
He lives down the street from "climbing up the wall"?
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hippie68

awesome! glad you dig it!

If you get a chance, post your thoughts on IYH as well, im interested to know what you think.


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