Greatest Hits (2009)
|Artist: Foo Fighters|
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|Liner Note Author: Dave Grohl.|
|Photographer: Charles Peterson.|
|Almost 15 years on from their debut, Foo Fighters deliver their first Greatest Hits, a 15-track (16 if the double dip on "Everlong" counts) retrospective covering their six albums from 1995 to 2007. Greatest Hits isn't arranged chronologically, which isn't a detriment; if anything, skipping through the years emphasizes just how consistent the Foos have been, always delivering oversized rock & roll where the hooks are as big as the guitars. The only exceptions to the rule are the two lo-fi cuts "Big Me" and "This Is a Call," with "I'll Stick Around" qualifying as this comp's inexplicable omission ("Walking After You," "DOA," "Stacked Actors," and "No Way Back" all also didn't make the cut), plucked from their 1995 debut, where the band was only Dave Grohl recording at home. Apart from this pair of tunes, this is all muscular, melodic modern rock, the kind that Foo Fighters almost patented, and if their consistency has occasionally made their albums blend together, it does result in one strong hits collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine|
AC/DC | Big Star | Black Flag (Punk) | Black Sabbath | Cheap Trick | Elvis Costello | Flipper | Fugazi | Hsker D | Killing Joke | Kiss | Mudhoney | Pixies | Ric Ocasek | Robin Zander | Sonic Youth | The Beatles | The Cars | The Clash | The Germs (Group) | The Jam | The Stooges | Wipers
Alkaline Trio | Audioslave | Bush | Candlebox | Chris Cornell | CKY | Creed (Post-Grunge) | Eve 6 | Everclear | Eyes Adrift | Fall Out Boy | Green Day | Hole | Imperial Teen | Incubus | Jimmy Eat World | Mad Season | Marcy Playground | Matchbox Twenty | Mudhoney | Paw | Pearl Jam | Placebo (UK) | Queens of the Stone Age | Radish | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Ruth Ruth | Screaming Trees | Sebadoh | Semisonic | Shonen Knife | Silverchair | Smashing Pumpkins | Stone Temple Pilots | Superchunk | Supergrass | Sweet 75 | The Flys | The Fray | The Subways | The Vines | Third Eye Blind | Veruca Salt | Weezer
3 Doors Down | American Hi-Fi | Ash | Cute Is What We Aim For | Disturbed | Fall Out Boy | From First to Last | Hawthorne Heights | Motion City Soundtrack | My Vitriol | OK Go | Panic! At the Disco | Paramore | Plain White T's | The All-American Rejects | The Flys | Vendetta Red | Verbena
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|Real Steel (Ost)|
|2012 Grammy Nominees|
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 11/02/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 88697369212|
|Label : RCA|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00886973692127|
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The acoustic version of 'Everlong,' Grohl's finest and most endearing composition, ends the set on a pleasingly low-key note."
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.