Dave Grohl reflects on the release of the first Foo Fighters album 25 years later


Dave Grohl thought about the creation of the first eponymous album of Foo Fighters, 25 years after its release.The group’s leader recorded a first version of the album almost entirely by himself “for fun” before the record companies expressed interest in publishing it.

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 of Apple Music, Grohl recalled the process of making the album. “I actually recorded everything in order,” he said. “I was really, really excited to do this. I mean, it was almost like a school project. I was getting ready, I had cards. ”

He continued to reveal his favorite song from the album during these sessions, saying that she was “exhausted.”

“I really loved the song ‘Sold out’,” he said. “This one arrived later than many others. The sound of the guitar, which is so crazy and blown away, it was made with this amp that Barrett [Jones, co-producer] had bought in London which was a can of petrol. It was that red plastic gas can – the type you would use if your car ran out of gas – with that little speaker.

“Maybe it was an eight inch speaker and there is battery power. You put batteries in it. And if the batteries were just dead enough, the thing just sounded like that apocalyptic distortion that was so cool, and that’s the sound of the song and the record. ”

Initially, Grohl only made 100 copies of the album and said he would give them to friends when he met them. “There was a guy who lived in town who had a radio show, but he also, I think, worked for a record company,” he said. “And he called and left a message on my answering machine and he said,” Hey, I played this for the record company and I think they want to turn it off. “”

“And I thought, ‘Well, shit, it’s just a demo,'” said Grohl. “But that’s when the alarms went off when I thought, ‘Oh man, maybe that should be a record. Maybe I should free him. So I sent one to my manager, John. I say to myself, “Yeah, a record company wants to release this cassette that I made. He said, “Send it to me.” So I emailed him and he said, “What do you want to do? And I said, ‘I don’t know, I mean it might be fun to make a record.’ ”

Elsewhere, Grohl revealed to whom he would dedicate the first Foo Fighters album if he rewrote his voiceover notes today. “It should be a lot of people, but I would dedicate it to Krist [Novoselic, Nirvana bassist] and Kurt [Cobain], ” he said. “I have children [so] I can’t say it’s the most important event of my entire life, but it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t be here right now if it weren’t for my stay at Nirvana.

“I learned so many lessons from Kurt, I learned so many lessons from Krist. It was such an honor to be in this group and it was so devastating when it ended. But we have this catalog of music that we made together and this experience changed not only us, but a lot of the world in which we lived. So I think it was probably the most formative period of my life. ”

Meanwhile, Grohl also pondered how the writing of some of Foo Fighters’ early songs – like their debut single “This Is A Call” – acted as an “exorcism” of the grief he felt when Cobain is dead.


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