Foo Fighters: 90’s Greatest Rock Band
Foo Fighters is an alternative rock band from the United States created in 1995 by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl.
Growing up in Washington, D.C, Grohl was raised in a house with a lot of music; his mother was a singer and his father was a flutist. There was always a guitar in the house, but Grohl did not start playing it until he was ten years old. Tired of playing “Smoke in the Water,” he took some lessons from a guitar teacher but then left and began to teach the same Beatles songs. By age 11, he was recording songs at home with a cassette player.
In 1984, he joined Freak Baby as a guitarist, but when the band switched to Mission Impossible, Grohl switched to drums. He was a prodigal in his new role and in just a couple of years got a position in the influential hardcore music band “Scream”. While touring with “Scream”, he made some new fans, including two rockers called Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain, who had their own trio of hardcore music, “Nirvana”. When the original Nirvana drummer left, they invited Grohl to Seattle to stay and join his band.
During the time he was a member of Nirvana, Dave wrote several songs on his own that did not seem at all according to the sound of that band. For this reason he did not introduce all of them to his peers, and decided to record a demo on his own under the pseudonym Late!, naming the album as Pocketwatch. The edition of this demo was made in just one hundred cassettes, which Grohl distributed only among his friends and without any pretension to edit it commercially.
After the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of Nirvana, Grohl returned to the studio on his own to record a few more songs he had already written, this time under the pseudonym of “Foo Fighters”. He himself recorded all the instruments in all the songs, except for an accompanying guitar courtesy of his friend Greg Dulli (guitarist of Afghan Whigs)
This time he decided to circulate his material, and the reaction of the public and the music industry was instantaneous. Big record companies started calling and Grohl signed with Capitol, managing at that time by Gary Gersh, previously in charge of Nirvana.
He recruited other musicians to form a band officially, invited as a guitarist his newcomer to Nirvana, Pat Smear, and Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith from Sunny Day Real Estate to play bass and drums, respectively. That is how it started the Foo Fighters, whose name comes from the way the Germans called unidentified flying objects (UFOs) during the Second World War.
People were not only surprised to see the former Nirvana drummer with his own band, but for the strength of the album. Like Nirvana, the Foos used pop and punk, high volume guitars and beautiful melodies, but Grohl was trying to make his own way.
A year later the group will begin to work on their second album under the Gil Norton production. During the recording certain tensions begin to be created in the band, with which William Goldsmith leaves to the group. Before the album went on sale in the spring of 1997, Goldsmith is replaced by Taylor Hawkins, who had already played with Alanis Morissette, and Franz Stahl (Grohl’s former partner in the Scream band) replaces Smear in the guitars, which also leaves the group.
“The Color and the Shape”, the second album by Foo Fighters, and first that they would record as a band itself, went on sale in May 1997, and contains great hits like Monkey Wrench, My Hero, Hey! Jonnhy Park and Everlong.
Stahl’s participation was short. He left in mid-1999, shortly before the group’s third album, “There Is Nothing Left To Lose,” is released. This record was recorded with Mendel and Hawkins basically living in the house of Grohl in Virginia while they worked in his studio.
After having auditions to replace Stahl, Grohl and company finally chose the former member of No Use For a Name, Chris Shiflett.
At the end of 2001 with his new guitarist they returned to Virginia to work on a new album that did not meet Grohl’s expectations, which is why he decided to leave the recording sessions and take a break.
The band returns to the studio to record in just two weeks “One by One”, its new production. This recording was composed of songs like All my Life, Low, Overdrive, Comeback, Have it All and Times Like These. Low’s video was critically criticized and censored on many stations around the world. This disc served them to consolidate definitively as one of the most important and current 90’s greatest rock band of our days.