The Essential Foo Fighters Foo Fighters

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Label: RCA/Legacy

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Adult Alternative

Artist: Foo Fighters

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  • 1Everlong04:10
  • 2Making A Fire04:15
  • 3Times Like These04:26
  • 4Rope04:19
  • 5Monkey Wrench03:51
  • 6My Hero04:20
  • 7Cold Day In The Sun03:20
  • 8Big Me02:12
  • 9Long Road To Ruin03:45
  • 10Shame Shame04:17
  • 11Best of You04:16
  • 12All My Life04:22
  • 13The Pretender04:29
  • 14This Is a Call03:53
  • 15Waiting On A War04:13
  • 16Walk04:16
  • 17Learn to Fly03:58
  • 18The Sky Is A Neighborhood04:04
  • 19Breakout03:21
  • 20These Days04:58
  • 21Everlong (Acoustic Version)04:12
  • Total Runtime01:24:57

Info for The Essential Foo Fighters

The Essential Foo Fighters is a collection of 19 tracks. Pulled from their studio album discography, the compilation includes a selection of fan favorites and hit singles including "Everlong," "Best of You," "All My Life," "Walk," "These Days" and many more.

Foo Fighters featured 45 times in The Rock 2000 Countdown last year, peaking at #11 with ‘Everlong,’ - which previously came #1 in 2020.

Transcending subcultures, the mainstream, as well as the underground, Foo Fighters seem to be the single solitary modern band that globally garner music aficionado's affections.

Whether it’s down to their uplifting and sing-a-long (well, ‘scream-a-long’, if you like) arsenal of stadium-rock anthems, or the fact that the most-liked man in rock music fronts the band in Dave Grohl, you'll struggle to find one fan, critic, or artist who can muster up a negative riposte aimed in their direction.

Following the dissolution of the revolutionary grunge icons Nirvana in 1994, drummer Dave Grohl went his own way starting Foo Fighters (a name which intentionally disassociated himself from his previous venture) as a solo project which eventually grew into a fully-fledged, bonafide rock band. The following year saw the release of self-titled debut Foo Fighters alongside first appearances on the festival circuit, in front of the drum-kit, for Grohl at Pukkelpop and Reading Festival.

Fast-forward nearly 25-years and they’ve grown to become the quintessential rock festival headline act.

Often sitting pretty at the top of people’s wish-lists as most desired festival headliners, Foo Fighters have famously performed at Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Secret Solstice, Austin City Limits, Rock am Ring, Mad Cool Festival, and returned to headline both Reading and Leeds Festivals on a number of occasions. So, the world's biggest stages. Fair enough then, when you consider that 'The Pretender', 'Best Of You', 'Learn To Fly', and 'Everlong' is merely a snippet of their setlist.

Proving they’re consummate festival headliners, Dave Grohl makes it clear he wants to give the crowds what they want: a barn-storming two-hour set, chocca with the rousing tracks that have earned the band countless Grammy, MTV, NME, and Brit Award wins over the years.

Foo Fighters

When Foo Fighters
released a debut album written and recorded entirely by leader Dave Grohl — at that point known only as the powerhouse drummer for Nirvana — in the summer of 1995, few would have guessed that the group would wind up as the one band to survive the '90s alt-rock explosion unscathed. Other bands burned brighter but they flamed out, breaking up after scoring a hit or two, but the Foos steadily racked up success after success, filling up stadiums around the world while staying on top of the charts all the way into the second decade of the new millennium. Once the band's lineup coalesced around the time of its third album in 1999, Foo Fighters' sound also gelled into a recognizable signature built upon the heavy, melodic, loud-quiet-loud template of the Pixies and Nirvana, the modern rock anchored by a love of classic guitar rock. It was commercial without pandering, creatively restless without being alienating, a sound with wide appeal delivered by a band that was happy to tour and record the way bands did back in the '70s. When Wasting Light became their first number one album in America upon its release in the spring of 2011, it was confirmation that Foo Fighters were survivors who had earned a large, devoted audience primarily through hard work.

All of this industriousness stems from Dave Grohl, who had been playing guitar and writing songs long before he began drumming. Throughout his early teens he performed in a variety of hardcore punk bands and in the late '80s he joined the Washington, D.C.-area hardcore band Scream as their drummer. During Scream's final days, 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. Following the band's 1990 summer tour, Grohl joined Nirvana and moved cross-country 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 was off the road, he recorded solo material with Jones, who had also 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, Grohl and Jones decamped to a professional studio and recorded the songs that comprised 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 became 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 its 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, 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, eclectic rock songs to be released in 2007 under the name Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace. Two years later, the group released its first compilation, Greatest Hits, as Grohl launched his new supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, which also featured Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. Foo Fighters reconvened for 2011's Wasting Light, a Butch Vig production that doubled as the official return of Pat Smear, who hadn't played on any of the band's albums since 1997. Wasting Light wound up as a smash success for the Foos, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts, going gold in the U.S. and garnering the band another four Grammy Awards. In the wake of Wasting Light, several other Foo projects emerged — a limited-edition compilation of covers called Medium Rare released for Record Store Day 2011; a documentary of the band called Back and Forth — and the group toured the album into 2012.

In 2012, the Foo Fighters announced they were taking a hiatus and Dave Grohl immediately returned to the confines of Queens of the Stone Age, drumming on their 2013 album ...Like Clockwork. He also threw himself into directing a documentary about the legendary Los Angeles recording studio Sound City. The film appeared early in 2013 to positive reviews, and it was accompanied by a soundtrack called Sound City: Reel to Real, which featured Grohl-directed jams including a variety of Sound City veterans, plus Paul McCartney. Not long after its release, the Foo Fighters announced their hiatus had ended and they were working on a new album. Sonic Highways, released late in 2014, was their most ambitious project yet; each track was recorded in a different city, some with special featured guests, a process documented on an eight-episode documentary series for HBO. Sonic Highways saw international release in early November 2014.

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