Right now, Foo Fighters consists of Chris Shiflett (guitar), Dave Grohl (vocals/guitars), Nate Mendell (bass), Taylor Hawkins (drums) and Pat Smear (rhythym), but in the beginning there was only one - Dave Grohl.
Foo Fighters Biography
Shortly after the death of Kurt Cobain and the break up of Nirvana, Grohl and friend and record producer Barrett Jones booked a studio and recorded the 15 tracks of what was intended to be a demo tape but was destined to become the Foo Fighters first album. Amazingly, Grohl played all the instruments on the album with the exception of a single guitar track contributed by Greg Dulli (Afghan Whig/Twilight).
"I'm sort of tired of these bands who write really amazing pop songs and record them on an 8-track for the sake of recording their album on an 8-track; people who think that's the punk rock purist thing to do." ~ Dave Grohl
The self-titled first album was released in the summer of '95 and went platinum by early '96. Deciding to make Foo Fighters an actual band, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both former members of Sunny Day Real Estate whose leader had turned to Christianity and in effect had put an end to the group. Also joining the group was former Germs and Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear.
Their second studio album, The Colour and the Shape (buy album), was released on May 20, 1997, through Roswell. The album reached number three in the UK and number ten in the United States. It was the group's biggest U.S. seller, having sold over two million copies. It was nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards in 1997 and 1998 for the videos "Monkey Wrench" and "Everlong". It was also a Grammy Award nominee for Best Rock Album in 1998.¹
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