Hidden behind his hair and recognized for its hitting power, there was nothing to suggest that the drummer Dave Grohl, of Nirvana, had talents as a writer and composer. What it will reveal with astonishment with the Foo Fighters.
Launched on 4 July 1995, the first installment of the Foo Fighters, on which one finds the This is a Call, I’ll Stick Around, Big Me , and Alone + Easy Target celebrates its 25th anniversary.
An album where the drummer plays all the instruments. The only foreign presences on this album are those of Greg Dulli’s band The Afghan Whigs, who played guitar on the piece X-Static and the voice of producer Barrett Jones.
Dave Grohl worked in the shadows for several years on writing songs. It had even launched, in anonymity, in 1993, under the name Late!, a cassette of ten compositions, titled Pocketwatch.
The musician has launched the project Foo Fighters for fun, and to recover from the suicide of Kurt Cobain, which occurred in April 1994, and that caused the end of Nirvana.
Foo Fighters is a reference to the aerial phenomena observed by pilots of aircraft of the allied forces during the Second world War.
“I recorded everything myself and I wanted to make people believe that it was a group. The name of the Foo Fighters could let them believe it. I would certainly have found something else, if I had seriously considered the idea of making a career of it. This name, this is the most stupid group names of the earth, ” said Dave Grohl, in an interview with the website Clash Music in September 2017.
Tom Petty will join the ranks of the Heartbreakers, when he accompanies the training that is looking for a drummer, at the show Saturday Night Live. The singer-guitarist suggested to him, however, to go ahead with his project, when he speaks of the Foo Fighters.
On January 8, 1995, nine months after the death of lead singer and guitarist of Nirvana, Pearl Jam broadcasts a radio program pirate called Self Pollution Radio, where we play music, where there are interviews and live performances.
Eddie Vedder playing two parts Foo Fighters, explaining that it is a project of Dave Grohl. It begins with a revival of the play Gas Chamber of the group punk hardcore california Angry Samoans and this will be followed by Exhausted that one will find on the first installment of the Foo Fighters.
The surprise is total. Music lovers living outside of Seattle had never heard of this project. Dave Grohl was known as the drummer of Nirvana, and we didn’t even know that he was able to play the guitar, bass and sing.
Recorded in a studio in Seattle, with a camera, eight-tracks, Dave Grohl puts a hundred cassettes in circulation of which will become the first installment of the Foo Fighters.
On the 12 pieces selected for this album, nine were written during his years with Nirvana. Titles This is a Call, I’ll Stick Around, X-Static and Wattershed had been after the death of Kurt Cobain.
The voice of Dave Grohl will be quadrupled in the studio, on some segments, in order to bring more of vocal power.
Following the broadcast of the radio broadcast of Pearl Jam, the record companies have shown interest in the place of the solo project of Dave Grohl.
This is a Call, the first single, is launched on 19 June 1995, on the label, Roswell Records at Capitol Records. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.