Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape (Cover Artwork)

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters: The Colour and the ShapeThe Colour and the Shape (1997)
Sony Music

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I remember the time when the Foo Fighters released this album, the Colour and the Shape, as the time when prevailing modern alternative rock began its disintegration into the scrum of rap-metal, numetal, lots of Creed and lots of Korn. Joining these four horsemen of the modern rock apocalypse were .
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I remember the time when the Foo Fighters released this album, the Colour and the Shape, as the time when prevailing modern alternative rock began its disintegration into the scrum of rap-metal, numetal, lots of Creed and lots of Korn. Joining these four horsemen of the modern rock apocalypse were the leftovers from the Lilith Fair (Jewel), and some catchy but annoying, adult-contemporary songs like "Walking on the Sun," "Torn" and "Semi-Charmed Life."

The hell that was modern alternative rock back then, I guess in retrospect, made me appreciate this album, The Colour and the Shape, a whole lot more. Definitely one of the best CD's to come out in the latter 1990's, this album is strong power-pop at its best.

Riffs and catchy melodies permeate every song on this album, especially on "Monkey Wrench," "Enough Space," "Wind Up" and a cute love song called "Up in Arms." Some youthful punk energy can also be found in "Monkey Wrench" and "Up in Arms," as reflected from Dave Grohl's days in D.C. hardcore band Scream. "Hey, Johnny Park" trods itself along as an emotional monster dirge. On "Enough Space" Dave unleashes earwax-building, reach-for-the-Q-tip-screaming that rivals any of today's numetal contemporaries.

A triumphant anthem for the ages, "My Hero" has possibly shows some of the best and strongest drumming parts ever put to tape by a particularly skilled drummer in his own right, singer-guitarist Dave Grohl. In fact "My Hero" was my own personal 1990's version of Queen's "We Will Rock You."

The superhit of this album (and probably for the Foo Fighters career) is "Everlong." "Everlong," now a long running staple on some radio stations, builds itself on short riff attacks alongside drumming heavy on the snare or cymbal to create a powerful love ballad.

For those touchy, feely types out there, "Walking After You" is a slow, soft acoustic somber song beautifully done to reflect true devotion and love loss--but not in a dorky, emo, Chris Carraba kind of way.

So in comparison: There was the maelstrom of shit that hit radio and MTV in 1997. And then there was the quality guitar-driven and highly structured songwriting of The Colour and the Shape which essentially redeemed my faith in alternative rock for several years after until a band called Staind pretty much shattered it into so many microscopic pieces, pretty much the size of several lines of coke that these stupid numetal bands need to do to ease their "pain and suffering."

This album may not have redeemed modern alternative rock of today, but it sure proves to be an instant rock classic today, and even an influence among indie pop bands like the Get Up Kids, who cited the Foo Fighters among a list of bands they wanted to tour with.

If you want great power-pop and super-charged alternative rock, then you should definitely get this one. Highly recommended.


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weirdmusician (September 23, 2006)

and excellent record!
back in the day!
their last record
was nor good or bad!

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

Perfect record.

Anonymous (March 13, 2004)

corporate sensitive rock sucks...beat that hippie assholes from the stage

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

now thats funny, but...

Everyone click this link and then the number it tells you to click.

My Army!

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

what upsets me is that people are more concerned with labelling the music than actually giving the substance credit. fuck whether or not its punk in your opinion, because your opinion didn't influence the creative process behind any of the music you judge anyway.

*news flash* for all of you who think dave grohl is god, ill have you know that he helped my mom through labor, and saved the baby that would have otherwise been still born. thank you dave grohl, you wonderful mountain of a man.

devildog1507 (March 8, 2004)

Anybody who describes Punk Rock as 3 Chord Slogan Shouting is an idiot. Why people who actually seem to hate punk gather at a forum called punknews.org is a mystery to me -
the same goes for this review, dont want to start the discussion if this is alternative or is somehow related to punk again.

devildog1507 (March 8, 2004)

Yeah, way back then Bands like Hüsker Dü etc were severely linked to the punk scenes, but times have changed and alternative Music has simply turned to mtv marketing shit. The same happened to New Wave when Bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet made it cheesy and unexciting. So what the hack you wanted to say with that crap

Anonymous (March 7, 2004)

whoever said that alternative isn't part of punk must not be familiar with what was really considered alternative back in the late 80's and early 90's.

lunk (March 7, 2004)

this album kinda sucks. a few BRILLIANT tracks lumped in with a whole bunch of LP fodder. everlong fucking rules.

Anonymous (March 7, 2004)

wow...for everybody that is an alternative music listener the 3 chord argument seems to be the one, that their little foo fighters - nirvana brains seem to breed out. Hm, why is a band like Nomeans no that includes jazzy structures in their songs punk. Would you dare to say that Turbo ACs play 3 chords or do you really think that AFI, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, One Man Army etc. are bad musicians or do have very simple structures. Its not about arguing who has more skills (some punk bands have more but others dont, but hey who the fuck cares).
Its very simple: Foo Fighters are not punk. They may be brilliant musicians, but hey Phil Collins is also a good musician. Is he punk. And you still are a MTV Kid dumbass.

PS: I think Anti Flag is punk, but i think they are a lil bit boring. But you are Mr. Alternative I know it all.

Anonymous (March 7, 2004)

the kid who insists that all foo fighters listeners are "MTV kids" must be an avid Anti Flag fan. screw the media man screw government we're all gonna die for our government. screw media. woo hoo we're all media screwers.
open your mind, there's more to rock than whiny anti government songs and three shitty punxrox chords.

penis sucker.

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

anybody who thinks Kurt Cobain is a crappy singer has a crappy opinion.

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

shut the fuck up BSD. you know you have no friends.

jeff024punk (March 6, 2004)

-"Punkrock and Hardcore have to be elitist in some way cos if not, they will end up as another style of alternative music without power and attitude."

Too bad punk already is and hardcore seems to be well on its way.. its not 1992 anymore.. there isnt much saving left.. the only thing we can hope for is for it to die out of mainstream soon so it will go back to not being that much of a joke.

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)


Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

fuck foo fighters and their fans they are not punk at all just lame mtv kids

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

This is not about 3 chords, but its all about roughness, guts and independence and not about 3 chords. Fans of mainstream rock, that try to hide their MTV alt.com preference often have the argument, that the musical skills of the bands are better. If you compare a band like the International Noise Conspiracy or the skills of a band like AFi (wether you like em or not) etc... They are excellent musicians, but they still have some roughness and guts and they are punk in a more or less clear way. This is not, its just alternative like emo has nothing to do with punk and metalcore has not very much in common with hardcore (just bad played metal in my opinion). If anyone can review anything under the label punk, then some might find that o.k. I personally dont, cos then just name this site www.rocknews.com. Punkrock and Hardcore have to be elitist in some way cos if not, they will end up as another style of alternative music without power and attitude.

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

The only little kids are the ones worshipping a record that came out in 1997 as one of the greatest rock albums ever.


Anonymous (March 5, 2004)



Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

Alt. crap.


dignin (March 5, 2004)

"but they themselve were not very original, had simple music, a crappy singer w/ nonsense lyrics. sorry. great drummer though."

It seems kind of stupid for someone to complain about simple music on a punk site. And Nirvana were to origianl, they just spoke very openly about their influences but did not sound to much like any of them.

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

touche touche

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

For all those little bitch "punk rock elists" out there, my next review will be about something 'punk.'

Even though I think what Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters have done is pretty much punk rock to me. Let me elaborate:

1. Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters made records on their own terms, often scrapping and re-recording whole songs at will without major label intervention.

2. Dave Grohl owns his own imprint, Roswell Records, and owns the rights to all Foo albums (paying RCA a distribution fee to release them). The majors play ball with the Foos, instead of the other way around.

3. Dave Grohl obviously uses some of the profits to support the Black Cat, a D.C. area punk venue.

4. Dave Grohl's drumming prowess was noticed by Kurt Cobain from his days in super D.C. hardcore band Scream.

So if these reasons aren't "punk rock" enough for you three-chord zealots, well then, you're as dense as the "Moron Brothers" Fat Mike loves to sing about.


Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

why do they call this punknews, why dont they call it alternativeemonews...foo fighters...what a joke

mikeinflames (March 4, 2004)

pat smear gave my friend genital warts

*note* that is not true ... just felt like spreading rumours

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

pat smear was cool in the germs

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

pat smear? he wasn't cool you fuck. die!

mikeinflames (March 3, 2004)

The internet is a god send in the life of a music fan
I'll admit I wouldn't be listening to half the bands I listen to right now if it wasn't for the internet and mp3's
Fuck the greedy record companies for trying to get rid of them
Personally I think they do so much for up coming bands

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

Pat Smear was cool, Everlong was a good song. Other than that, the Foo Fighters are forgettable, this album was as good as it got for them I think. I think the late nineties was just a bad time for music, especially for someone without internet (or otherwise) access to bands not played on MTV or the radio. Thank god that's over.

mikeinflames (March 3, 2004)

On a side note I will admit that Dave Grohl is very talented
And it was wicked that he worked with Queens Of The Stone Age
Songs For The Deaf was one of the best albums that has been released in recent time
It was so refreshing to hear an album instead of a bunch of singles thorwn togther

squirrelbait (March 3, 2004)

It's getting pretty old when people say that people like Nirvana only because everyone else does. Nirvana was a great band and believe it or not, they had tons of fans way before Kurt died. Though people who say stuff like that were probably still in kindergarten in '94. Also, listen to more obscure Nirvana songs like Talk To Me, Moist Vagina and If You Must and then tell me they sucked or weren't "punk".

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

foo fighters are amazing.
you want punk?
listen to "space", this album is solid. monkey wrench, new way home and everlong are amazing songs.

I love Dave Grohl, a true musical master.
check out probot!

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

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Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

I used to watch MTV all day just so I could see the "Everlong" video. Still makes me laugh to this day. Then I discovered the internet.

poopypants (March 3, 2004)

well if i suck you blow there brucecambelljackson

mikeinflames (March 3, 2004)

What's the deal?
Are people gong to start reviewing rave shit on here next?
Fucking dirty ravers

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

Boo. Hiss. Get this crap off of here. Oh, and you suck poopypants.

Honestly, I really liked Dave Grohl when he was in Nirvana, but the Foo have never really done it for me.


poopypants (March 3, 2004)

that took balls one true bill. i swear people love nirvana just cuz they're supposed to. they are just hyped to death after kurt killed himself. they are a media created legend. they may have changed mtv's focus on whats cool music, but they themselve were not very original, had simple music, a crappy singer w/ nonsense lyrics. sorry. great drummer though.

TheOneTrueBill (March 3, 2004)

I'd rather listen to the Foo than Nirvana too. I've always felt that Nirvana as a band, purely on songs, was overrated.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

I was in 7th grade. It still brings the fury and the funk. Its no Nirvana, but really, what is.


Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

nickleback is better.

thefunkybrother (March 3, 2004)

I forgot how good this was until the other day when some friends and myself went on a little road trip through the mountains. Considering what I had been forced to listen to, this was a vast departure and made me re-realize how good the was and still is.

YourMother (March 3, 2004)

Jeez, I was a junior in college when this came out.

CallingLondon (March 3, 2004)

scott didn't review this, renob.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

Awesome album. I think I was in 7th grade bustin caps and fuckin bitches when this motherfucker dropped.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

This was just a good, classic rock album that you could listen to forever. that's all.

poopypants (March 3, 2004)

hmm takes me back to 11th grade, making me old. i like the singles but the album didnt do it for me, but to be honest.....i'll say it......let the bashing begin........I WOULD MUCH RATHER LISTEN TO THE FOO FIGHTERS THAN NIRVANA.

but i still think both bands are waaay overrated. i'd buy a greatest hits collection from these guys if they had one. monkey wrench and everlong have to be their 2 best songs i'd say.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

y the fuck did you review this. scott...this is punknews. and you fuckwads bash the casualties...

devildog1507 (March 3, 2004)

I hope and pray that some people here might review a punk or hardcore album instead of this indie-alternative lame shit.

squirrelbait (March 3, 2004)

Everlong is definitely the best power-pop song ever written. Not a bad song on this album. The only (very) minor flaw about this album is the version of Walking After You they put on it, I liked the single version a little better.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

Awesome album.
pretty much a classic.

sk8punx4evr (March 3, 2004)

i used to practice the "one last thing before i quit.." thing and i think i nailed it after a while. i haven't tried in a while though. it's fucking awesome.

lieutenant (March 3, 2004)

Amd just because I feel left out:

Oh no!

lieutenant (March 3, 2004)

The disclaimer at the end of my last post was supposed to indicate that my message was a parody of other comments that have been on this website. I believe I was in the fifth grade when this album came out, so I'd be just as guilty.

ElVaquero (March 2, 2004)

if you were in 6th grade when this came out, then you are either 18 or 19.... oh, no!

TheOneTrueBill (March 2, 2004)

I think I was in fifth grade when this came out. OH NO!

I still have it, and didn't sell it off with the rest of my old older cds. That's gotta mean something.

lieutenant (March 2, 2004)

Dude, don't admit you were in 6th grade for this release.

Relax, I am just kidding.

Eddie (March 2, 2004)

what a great band

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

score is for the album in general.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

Though I like Foo Fighters, this record ain't that great. A few good songs, and the same amount of bad ones. Their debut is definitely their best material.
And.... this band is really OVERrated.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

This isn't punx!

L.E Tist

joeg (March 2, 2004)

this takes me back a bit. i remember rocking out to this when i was in 10th grade. i feel old. i'm going to cry now.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

Fond memories of 6th grade right there.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

Everlong is still one of my favorite songs after all these years.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

One of the greatest Rock n Roll albums ever.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

Buy his new Probot album instead.

flummo (March 2, 2004)

Yo, I don't know why this album is reviewed here, but I don't really care. It is an amazing rock album, the Foo Fighters best, and one I still go back to when I needs the rock.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

they could never be bad in my mind for not only releasing this album, but for spelling colour the proper way.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

Easily one of THE most underrated rock albums of all-time.

inagreendase (March 2, 2004)

great album

_Sexy_Pants_ (March 2, 2004)

How the fuck did he sing the entire Monkey Wrench "One last thing before I quit..." part in one breath. It's really hard, I've tried a million times

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