What's there to say about Foo Fighters that hasn't already been said? I don't think there's anyone who hasn't heard of this band by now. They've been huge since their 1997 album The Colour and the Shape with singles like "Everlong" and "My Hero," and have been growing in popularity ever since. It's kind of depressing, though, how many people I've heard over the years talk about how Colour was their first album, so here's a little history lesson.
Back in 1994, Dave Grohl released a cassette on his own called Pocketwatch, using the name Late! as his "band." This was really just a sign of things to come, as he recorded the vocals, guitars, bass and
drums all on his own. I know a lot of people might recognize the song "Friend of a Friend" from Foo Fighters' In Your Honor, detailing his experience meeting Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic for the first time. Pocketwatch is where the song first appeared.
Anyways, the self-titled "Foo Fighters" 1995 debut wasn't any different. Grohl recorded everything on his own here too, and it sounds amazing to this day. I really don't see why this album isn't more popular. Personally, I think it's their best, but I guess that's just because I listened to it a hell of a lot since it came out in 1995. From the radio-friendly summer single "This Is a Call" to the drifting "Floaty," it's pretty much the perfect album for anyone into
alternative and grunge.
Even the music videos were awesome. From the "Mentos" (Footos) parody in "Big Me" to Dave Grohl eating chess pieces and brushing his teeth with a razor in "I'll Stick Around," there's really nothing that wasn't likeable about this debut.
Now, I know a lot of people might bitch and moan about a non-punk album being reviewed on here (gasp!) but who fucking cares? To me, Foo Fighters were, and still are just as important to punk rock as (insert appropriate band here). I know I might get some complaints but I really wish the band wouldn't have strayed from the sound on this album.
Songs like "Weenie Beenie," "X-Static" and "Wattershed" sound perfect, and differ going from fast and heavy, distorted and grainy, to slow and thundering on the drums. Can't leave out the jazzy-to-loud "For All the Cows" either, it's just as good. Now don't get me wrong, I love The Colour and the Shape (what's not to love about songs like "Everlong," "New Way Home," "Doll" and "Hey, Johnny Park!"?). Still, this is where it all began, in 1995 at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, WA.
In conclusion, Foo Fighters being as huge as they are now, still had a
beginning like every other band. Even if people want to get technical
and say that "DAVE GROHL RECORDING THE SONGS ALONE DOESN'T COUNT AS FOO FIGHTERS DOUCHE", this album is amazing, and I think people need to know that "DOA" wasn't their first single. (It was "Exhausted.") But wait...does that mean there are more songs other than "Let It Die" and "The Pretender"?!
Yes...yes there are. Class dismissed.