Foo Fighters

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Foo Fighters are a rock band formed by musician Dave Grohl in 1994 after the demise of the grunge band Nirvana, in which he played drums. They are named after the World War II term "foo fighter", used to refer to mysterious aerial phenomena.

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Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters.

Prior to the release of Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl recruited bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as fellow Nirvana touring bandmate Pat Smear as guitarist to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon. Goldsmith quit during the recording of the group's second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997), when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smear's departure followed soon afterward.

They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999). The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band's lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material. Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. In 2010, it was confirmed that Smear had officially rejoined the band after having toured with Foo Fighters as an unofficial member since 2005.

Over the course of the band's career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. The band's seventh studio album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011, in which Smear returned as a full member. As of May 2014, the band's seven albums have sold a combined 11.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band's eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, and their second recorded with Butch Vig, was released in November 2014.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Foo Fighters 3 9
1997 The Colour and the Shape 3.5 11
1999 There Is Nothing Left to Lose 8
2002 One by One 4.35 14
2005 In Your Honor 3 10
2007 Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace 3 8
2011 Wasting Light 3 12
2014 Sonic Highways 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2007 Greatest Hits 1
2009 Greatest Hits 4 7
2011 Medium Rare 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Everywhere But Home 2
2006 Skin and Bones 1
2008 Live at Wembley Stadium 2


Year Title RatingReleases
1995 This Is a Call 3
1995 I'll Stick Around 3
1995 For All the Cows 2
1995 Big Me 5
1997 Monkey Wrench 5
1997 Everlong 4
1998 My Hero 4
1998 Walking After You 1
1999 Learn to Fly 5
2000 Stacked Actors 1
2000 Generator 5
2000 Breakout 8
2000 Next Year 6
2002 The One 1
2002 All My Life 6
2003 Times Like These 8
2003 Low 3
2003 Have It All 1
2005 Best of You 2
2005 DOA 4
2005 Resolve 3
2006 No Way Back/Cold Day in the Sun 1
2007 The Pretender 3
2007 Long Road to Ruin 2
2011 Rope 4
2011 Walk 1
2011 12 Days of Christmas 2
2014 Something From Nothing 1
2014 The Feast and the Famine 1
2014 Congregation 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Five Songs and a Cover 1
2008 Let It Die 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2009 Greatest Hits EP 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2011 iTunes Festival: London 2011 1

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