Foo Fighters is the debut studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters, released on July 4, 1995, through Roswell and Capitol Records. Dave Grohl wrote and recorded the entire album himself, with the assistance of producer Barrett Jones at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. He said that he recorded the album just for fun, describing it as a cathartic experience to recover from the suicide of Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain. After Grohl completed the recordings, he chose the name "Foo Fighters" for the project to hide his identity, and passed cassette copies of the sessions to personal friends. When the tapes attracted record label interest, Grohl signed with Capitol and recruited a full band to perform the songs live. The album was promoted through extensive tours and six singles, two of which were accompanied by music videos. Upon its release, Foo Fighters earned positive reviews, praising its songwriting and performances, and was also a commercial success, becoming the band's second-best-selling album in the United States. It also peaked within the top five of charts of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.Wikipedia
Oh god. Foo Fighters are not a good band. Foo Fighters are a band with zero personality, just like Dave Grohl himself. It's lowest common denominator, paint-by-numbers rock that fits together elements of every style of alt rock around it so that it can function as the perfect segue between any two songs on a radio station, and that's exactly what they've been doing for 25 years. I used to lump Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam in together, but having been forced to listen to a Pearl Jam album during this project, I can conclude that Pearl Jam have a level of production, songwriting, and dynamics not present whatsoever in Foo Fighters. I still don't like Pearl Jam, but they are significantly better than this. Foo Fighters are muzak with crunchy guitars. If the 90s alternative scene was the crisper drawer in your refrigerator and the many talented, original bands were the variety of vegetables you have, Foo Fighters would be the pooling liquid at the bottom from the various bits of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms that have gone bad in the back. Ugh. This isn't the worst album generated by the list so far... but it's probably in the bottom five.
Who would have made the decision to have this be the Foo Fighters album on this list? It’s the Colour and the Shape that’s their definitive one. The rest of the ‘Foo Fighters’ aren’t even on this album I listened to this record a few weeks ago when Taylor died (along with the other albums he played on). I think it’s really interesting as a fan of their work. It’s pretty scrappy compared the the relatively polished sound of what they do next. Foo Fighters are one of my bands. I have heard every album, especially One by One, There is Nothing Left To Lose, Colour and the Shape and Wasting Light. I was lucky enough to see them twice, including in 2015 when Dave had broken his leg, and played from his Iron Throne of guitars. I think Foo Fighters have been the most universally liked band over the past 30 years. Who else is there? U2 is one, but there’s enough people who actively hate them. Or Red Hot Chili Peppers but I don’t think they’ve been as consistent or have released music at enough of a clip. This band has Dave Grohl, one of the most most recognizable and affable front men of all time, Taylor an incredible drummer and occasionally Pat Smear from Nirvana. Along with their classic music videos this is just a band that has always seemed like they were having fun. They have always had respect for those that came before them, and all of the Foos have been involved with other legendary rock acts throughout the years. They are our generations North Star, you can always count on the Foo Fighters and they are a band that generally everyone likes. It’s their choice now if they continue on given Taylor’s passing. I have to expect they’ll take a few years off then come back with a new drummer. If they decide not to, that’s ok too. Rest In Peace Taylor
I don't know why I just can't stand the Foo fighters, its a mix of garage band and middle of the road rock and boring vocals, just don't' like them
Look up 'generic' in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of the Foo Fighters. Grohl seems like a good dude so I want to like them, but they are just meh.
Generic boring butt rock. Dave should've stuck to drumming, he was good at that.
Astounding that this was done almost entirely solo by Grohl, and really shows how instrumental he was to 90s rock. Not only was he drummer of the most iconic band in grunge, but shows he is a multi-instrumentalist and a class act songwriter.
Absolutely smashing drums. Dave grohl storming the scene. That double overdrive guitar. Sounds like the band that took over the world. Crazy to think dave recorded all the parts himself and only brought a band together to play it live.
Just kinda sounds like rock music, nothing too innovative or special
Repetitive and samey
Stone cold classic
Aujourd'hui, nous découvrions enfin l'album du traître absolu, le Judas de la grunge, j'ai nommé Dave Grohl. Ce dernier, ancien batteur du groupe Nirvana, a en effet pris le temps de bien copier sur son petit camarade de classe Kurt, afin de lui subtiliser absolument tout son style musical, et de le recracher dans un album sans aucune originalité. Dave Grohl va même plus loin dans le plagiat: il se permet en effet de reproduire des scènes de la vie courante du groupe Nirvana, s'étant déroulées dans l'intimité du studio d'enregistrement. Cela atteint même le ridicule, quand sur la fin de l'album, Dave Grohl reproduit le rituel de son camarade Kurt, en enfournant une boite de Pastabox dans le micro-ondes. Ceci n'a evidemment rien à faire dans un album de grunge, mais il semblerait que Dave Grohl se soit quelque peu perdu dans sa tentative desespérée de sauver son année scolaire de terminale grunge. J'ai tout simplement adoré cet album, je lui accorde donc la note de 4/5
Un magnifique album de la part d'un Dave Grohl à l'acmé de sa dépression. Le musicien nous y raconte sa période de deuil suite à la mort de son copain Kurt Cobain. Dès les premiers morceaux, Dave se réveille vers les coups de midi, traîne les pieds jusqu'à son canapé sans quitter ses survêtements. Il regarde différentes séries sur son ordinateur et s'effondre en larmes au moindre passage émotionnel. Un court interlude nous présente à mi-album le protagoniste en train de se gratter la barbe négligée qu'il arbore sur le menton. La deuxième partie du disque n'est pas plus optimiste. On accompagne en effet l'ancien membre de Nirvana dans une épicerie où celui-ci s'en va acheter la quantité d'un chariot de Pasta BOX Sodebo afin de lui éviter de cuisiner. Il rentre ensuite chez lui et réchauffe l'une d'entre elles cinq minutes et trente secondes au micro-ondes à 850 Watts. L'album s'abrège sur le "kling" de la minuterie.
There's a real charm to how it feels put together - as it's a one-man job, you can sense the seams of the whole thing, and I quite like that. The first half of the album felt stronger and more memorable than the back end, but 'Exhausted' provides a very satisfying coda. 'Floaty' and 'Weenie Beenie' are worthy efforts at experimentation. I've never been a big Foo Fighters fan, but I enjoyed this. There are still hints and echoes of Nirvana in there, but it's perhaps closer to more recent Foo Fighters releases than I anticipated. Fun listen - I don't anticipate running back to it, but we'll see how it grows on me.
not something I need to listen to before I die.
Glad I’m relistening to it. I’ve always enjoyed the later Foos albums and was never huge into this one, so it’s cool to revisit it. Forgot how killer some of the riffs are on this one. The songs are all unique and diverse but still pretty killer. Lyrics aren’t the best or most powerful. Some duds but who cares, it’s the Foos
One of the best debut albums of all time, by a living legend
Foo Fighters - твёрдое 5!
Classic for me. Great riffs and Dave emerging from his Nirvana chrysalis
Love it - That lead singer Dave could do whatever he wanted with me
classic debut rock from clearly non-debut stock
In my head I had it that I didn't particularly like the first Foo Fighters album, but that's completely wrong - I've _loved_ this re-listen! Fantastic alt rock, and I dig both the upbeat blasting tracks, and the slowed down mournful introspective ones. Fave track - "Good Grief", maybe? Could easily pick 5 or 6 more that would get the title....
Quizás exagero un poco...
Very Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl pinning down the sound.
Really got a kick out of this! When I was younger i actually liked the Foo Fighters a lot more than Nirvana. Love Grohl and his sound. So cool that this was essentially a solo project he re-labeled so it wouldn't just get big off post-nirvana name recognition. || Listened to a lot of other Foo, but never much of this album - lots of deep cuts with a heavy, distorted grunge that I can get behind. Good work, Dave.
Un clásico con el volvió un poco la esperanza de que Nirvana no había muerto completamente.
Amazing rock album! Couldn't stop replaying it for hours! "Debut studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters released in 1995. Dave Grohl wrote and recorded the entire album himself, apart from a guest guitar spot by Greg Dulli, with the assistance of producer Barrett Jones at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, Washington, in 1994. He claimed that he recorded the album just for fun, describing it as a cathartic experience to recover from the death of Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain."
Loved it!!! One of the songs started off like a nirvana sound which I liked too. Will definitely listen to this one again.
I love, love, love this album. It's easily the most raw and unpolished in the catalog, but that's precisely what makes it amazing. It's just Dave Grohl, grieving over Kurt Cobain, getting it all out of his system. Alone. Can't be topped in my book.
Un clasico del rock
Foo foo foo
New to me, but the Foo Fighters are always welcome :D Starts off very rocky. Songs seem to seamlessly blend into one another.
1st album 1st day. I've already listened to the Foo Fighters so I give this album 10/10.
Siiiiiigh… I don’t begrudge Dave Grohl for becoming a rock God, but this album makes me so nostalgic in all the saddest ways. I love this thing. Yes, I know “Everlong” exists, but song-for-song this entire album is everything I’ve ever wanted this band to be from the word go, and a totally painful reminder of how bland they’ve become. I saw them play Raleigh on this tour and it was a fucking blast. Still had William on drums. Grohl was still skinny with his stringy, long greasy-as-a-used-skillet hair. He didn’t talk to the crowd like he was trying to be Paul Stanley. It was just… the best. I used to play these songs on guitar so, so much, my dudes. And that cover art! I mean, it’s basically Han Solo’s gun!! X-Static (not Static-X) for life.
How can you not love the Foo's This album coming out a year after the loss of KC and essentially being a solo effort is incredible.
Добро Пожаловать в “грязные” 90-е. Foo Fighters - группа, которую образовал бывший барабанщик Nirvana - Дэйв Грол. После смерти Курт Кобейна Грол решил сделать отдушину в виде этого альбома. Дэйв - мультиинструменталист, поэтому все вокальные и инструментальные партии он записал лично. За исключением гитарной партии в X-Static. Отлично зайдет любителям песен Nirvana, скейтерам и “грязного”, андерграундного звука.
Hadn't listened to this for years as I was never a huge fan so had forgotten just how good it actually is.
I like the Foo Fighters and had heard some of these songs before. Hadn’t listened to the album in its entirety though. Some bands of this era/style I have listened to seem very monotonous when listened to as a full album. Didn’t feel like that for this album. “This Is a Call” is a great start to the album. “I’ll Stick Around” has that smooth Grohl vocal performance I like best with the Foo Fighters. “Big Me” softens things up a bit. I’ve always liked this song, and I think hearing it in the context of the album improves it even more. Other standout tracks for me include “Good Grief” which feels like a pretty raw emotional response to turmoil and change. “Floaty” is haunting in the simplicity of its lyrics. I very much enjoyed "For All The Cows" both musically and lyrically. "Wattershed" sort of jumped out at me and made me take notice. Great song and lyrics, some pretty interesting tempo changes. "Exhausted" summed up the last few years for me. One of my favorite songs on this album. I love the line 'What if the day had stayed in bed?' Great ending. This album's pacing and variability required a lot of versatility to make. I enjoyed taking this journey even more after the second listen. I don’t know why I’d never listened to this back in the day but glad to have gotten it in before I die.
I don't love every song on this record, but the ones I love, I love an awful lot. These are hard rock songs with singable and often beautiful melodies. I'll Stick Around and For All the Cows are two of my favorite FF songs. I also like Good Grief, Floaty, and This is a Call. Before today, I'd never heard how this album was recorded and now my mind is blown. This is all just Dave? Whoa.
Damnit. Is this classic rock?? It’s still a slam-dunk 5 stars but does it have to be that long ago? Damnit.
Who let Ringo loose in the studio? Best Tracks: This is a Call; Big Me; Alone + Easy Target
Brilliant album. Not a song I dislike on the album. "For all the Cows" is fantastic in my opinion.
I’ve listened to a lot of Foo Fighters, but never really went into this early stuff. I’m surprised by how much they sounded like Nirvana. Really solid rock songs throughout
Dave Grohl is a ROCK GOD!!!
Classic. Great sound
Great debut album.
Amazing that a single musician could make the sound of a generation.
I think this album transitioned music in the 90s from everyone jumping on the grunge train to the new alternative/mainstream rock path.
A classic! I think there are better Foos albums that aren't on this list, but what a banger.
One of my all time fave albums. Awesome.
As a Fighter of Foo myself, this album hits me in the feel goods. A true classic in rock music and a labor of love from our lord and savior Dave Grohl.
It’s dumb to have ever wished for the Foo Fighters to sound like this forever, but I really wish they sounded like this for more than they did
This is probably a 4 star album, but I have so much nostalgic love for it, and the countless times I played it i my car in high school and college that I have to give it a 5.
i LOVE IT
Cool! Eigenlijk beter dan al het latere werk.
Holds up well. Good album
Long story short, I really enjoyed this album. It felt like Grohl took the attitude of Nirvana, mixed in a healthy dose of straight up metal, and then cranked the tempo up several notches. The result is an album that comes out of the gate hard and never lets up. Even the "slow jam" on the album ("For All The Cows") has an absolute buzzsaw of a chorus. The album is jagged and sharp and merciless from beginning to end and I'm here for it. This album is really the beginning of Grohl's ascendance from rock royalty to a legit rock god.
Sve šta dad rock želi bit, al nikad neće.
This is the first band I’m VERY familiar with. Absolutely love Foo Fighters. Awesome to listen through the origins here. Dave Grohl is a genius and has been slapping since the beginning. So many bangers in here for me.
This album and band are amazing. Good Grief is by far my favorite song on the album.
Dave Grohl's solo debut that would later become the Foo Fighters, pretty wild what this album turned into. While there's a bit of a lack of polish it's pretty incredible that he whipped this together in such a short timespan, and that he's created some serious bangers while also reeling from the grief of Kurt's passing. Objectively I'd probably give this a 4, but Foo Fighters were the best concert I've been to and I'm biased so it's a 5 for me. Love the way Dave just smashes those drums, nobody hits em like he does.
Such a great transition from Nirvana for Dave Grohl
This honestly felt like a bit of classic Foo Fighters sound and a bit of classic Nirvana sound. Which makes sense, since this was Daves first album since Nirvana, and it sure sounds like it. Never deep dove this deep into Foo lore, but i do like it. Very good listen.
Okay… The album starts with this is a call it’s an okay song very middle of the road poppy grunge but nothing horrible. I’ll stick around is a slightly better song I love the instrumentation in this and how Dave’s voice isn’t too loud on here. Big me is a pleasant acoustic song with cool little drum breaks nice. I like those guitars in alone+ easy target especially at the start of the song! Good grief is a nice sounding rocker, I can imagine a lot of head banging to this one! Floaty is a brilliant song a song that starts off acoustic but then when the electric guitars come in the song really packs a punch! It seems to be that in every album with Dave Grohl that I’ve herd there is a mental screamy rampage song weenie beenie is the one for this foo fighter’s album. Oh George is another one of the heavier songs, not as tortured as weenie beenie though, this one actually makes me think more of queens of the Stone Age than anything. For all the cows works well of the last two being a slower track for the most part with one of the most amazing explosive choruses in the whole album. X-static is amazing to be fair it’s got this really cool guitar riff that runs through the song overpowering the vocals without ever really exploding at any point of the song! Wattershed is punk it’s a brilliant song though and I am surprised the album got this heavy because of how tame the first half is. Exhausted is a good closer, very fuzzy sounding yet quite a slow jam, amazing. Well that was the first listen after the second listen all areas improved to make a 5/5.
The music on this album is thoroughly impressive. It blows my mind that Dave Grohl wrote all the parts, played every instrument, and sang all the vocals. Dave’s a kick ass drummer and a pretty decent professional guitar player and vocalist. He’s a rock music renaissance man. Overall, it shows that Dave spent little time writing the lyrics. They can be a bit repetitive (Big Me) and hard to understand their meaning (This Is A Call, the whole “minicyn” verse). If I had to pick a weak link, it would be X-Static. With the subdued verses, it feels like a song that should kick in with a high energy chorus like the preceding For All The Cows. No matter my minor complaints, this album is a revelation. It’s unfortunate that only one Foo Fighters album is on the list. And they got the wrong one. Clearly the one Foo Fighters album should be The Colour And The Shape. It also kicks ass, but in a more musically mature way. If I’m in a Foo Fighters mood, The Colour And The Shape is always my album of choice.
Foo Fighters are like the Aerosmith of our generation. They just keep coming back when they're no longer needed. The band literally contradicts the era we live in but somehow still has a place. I suppose it doesn't hurt to be an all around nice guy that everyone seems to love. Looking back on this release, it was barely a year after Cobain's death when this album was all over the airwaves. I remember thinking that it would be crap capitalizing on Nirvana successes. KROQ played the shit outta this album. I tried hard not to like it, but then I saw the Mentos video. It was so strangely absurd and fun and basically the antithesis of what Nirvana's sad and angst-y music was. Still on, nearly 30 years later, there are some great tracks on this album that still rock. Highlights include Good Grief, Alone ... and Exhausted. All Looking forward to seeing these guys someday ... RIP TH.
Just a solid rock album through and through for every song. Thoroughly enjoyed this Friday "full send" album that gets the work done!
After Cobain's death, Grohl considered giving music away all together. Instead he went into a studio and recorded this, all the instruments and vocals and we're all very glad he did
I am always in awe of Dave Grohl whenever I listen to this record. His drive as a drummer and multi-instrumentalist continues to blow me away every time I hear it. The fact that one guy wears all the hats on this record baffles me. And, even more, he was just doing it for kicks, for fun. It was an experiment for him. He never considered the magnitude or the power of his musicianship when he wrote, recorded, and released it. This album is one of my favorites. Despite still grieving the loss of his friend and frontman, Kurt Cobain, he still manages to absolutely knock it out of the park with every single track. For obvious reasons, his gift as a drummer really comes through, but when you consider that he taught himself to completely shred guitar, bass, and, on top of that, sing like the badass he is, the record glows even brighter. The context surrounding this album makes it all the more astonishing: He’s in his twenties, left the biggest band of the decade after he lost one of his closest friends to suicide. He combats all of this by putting out a total rock masterpiece all by himself which eventually leads to another success story. His momentum and speed has, and probably will never, fade in time. He has a sense of urgency like no other musician I know, really. It breaks my heart that he’s lost yet another friend and band mate recently with the passing of Taylor Hawkins, but if his-story and history have taught us anything, there will be yet another revival and recharge of Dave Grohl. His next move, next record, and next era will be his greatest yet. I don’t see this man slowing down anytime soon. He will push and push until there’s nothing left. Here’s to the next golden age of Grohl because, let’s face it, it’s all gold.
Dave grohl on the vocals… drums… guitar… bass. I wonder if he wrote with the foresight of others playing the parts. Some unreal guitar riffs from left field. A cracking album and one of my favourite bands. He just yelled too much in later years.
Hard to believe, I'm sure, but I've never actually ever listened to a Foo Fighters album from start to finish. I like them. I never listen to them unless they happen to come on on the radio or other medium. This is not to say I don't like them, because I do. Quite a lot actually. This album is no exception. They're just never a go to for me. But yes, I definitely like the Fighters of Foo.
Foo fighters feels so dad rock to me. Some of their stuff hits but it's rare that I ever find an album that I really enjoy the whole way...until now, this feels edgier and harder than their later stuff, plus no "hits"
Topalbum, valt niet zo op tussen wat ze nog meer hebben gemaakt maar dat is onterecht.
me <3 foo fighters... Dik album ook.
Love this band, their attitudes and their music.
Klassiker, schön aggressiv und düster mit ruhigen Zwischentönen
Might bey favourite Foo's album
Many a night was spent listening to this gem, making you feel the angst of a still mourning Dave Grohl on his new pet project. I instantly fell in love and it's an affair that has lasted about half my life and will endure as one of the all time greatest albums. I can't name a favourite song as the songs belong in place as a whole, any removal or piecemeal consumption would create diminishment.
This album is amaaazzinnngg, I fucking loved it. I love Foo Fighters and was super excited when this album came up. I actually hadn't heard any songs from this album before, until now. The often raw and emotional lyrics are so good and I'm a sucker for good grunge music. This is now one of my favorite albums for sure.
This album has been in my life since 1995 and I have such great memories with it. I love every track. It’s probably the only Foo Fighters album that I do love actually.
Some schoolmates and I once went on a joy ride during high school one summer night and discussed our favourite music. Apparently at one point I said “well everyone loves a bit of Foo Fighters” It’s refreshing to hear this album again after so long, especially looking back from 2023 where most music is so digital and heavily edited and sampled, to get that usable TikTok soundbite. Basically a Dave Grohl vehicle (he played all the instruments) it’s quite stripped down in a way that’s understandable as someone coming from a 3 piece grunge band. It has the same ingredients to Nirvana (loud distorted guitars, pounding drums, quiet loud structure) yet so different, decidedly sunnier and more pop. Still, it’s got that charming rough around the edges and a bit more raw compared to the stadium rock polish they would be so famous in later albums. What I noticed this time is how the vocals are a little bit buried in the mix. I forgot how much I used to enjoy just lying back and letting a wall of crunchy distorted guitar and loud drums wash over me. Steak and potato rock for sure, but nothing wrong with that.
finally a album on this list that i am already familiar with, and i love this one soo much
Foo Fighters is just as a remember. Fantastic
Sommige nummers wat onstuimig maar het is de achtergrond informatie die het voor mij doet.
Surprisingly very good. Only listened once, so the ones that were more obviously melodic grabbed me more.
I'm a massive Nirvana fan. This record is okay. Something was lost with Kurt that I don't expect Grohl to be able to replace. This isn't really the Foo Fighters as we know them today, it's just Dave Grohl playing all the parts, and for that reason it's a hell of a lot better than the saccharine arena rock they play in 2021. Just solid tunes with an occasionally raw aesthetic to them.