Sunday, April 13, 2014

Song Of The Week: 4/13/14

Song: "Walk"

Artist: Foo Fighters

Album: "Wasting Light"

Year: 2011

"Walk" is a song that appears to be about taking advantage of second chances in life. The song definitely has a positive vibe and you sense the vocalist is rejuvenated by whatever changes he made in his life. He seems motivated and inspired them. Foo Fighters formed as a band back in 1994. Following the tragic suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, drummer Dave Grohl began working on some demos in which he played every instrument and sang vocals as well. This demos would eventually be cleaned up and released under the name "Foo Fighters" in 1995. This debut album featured the singles "This Is A Call", "I'll Stick Around" and "Big Me". Grohl enlisted former Sunny Day Real Estate members Nate Mendel to play bass and William Goldsmith to handle the drums, as well as adding Pat Smear as a second guitarist. In 1997, the band released "The Colour And The Shape". Unhappy with Goldsmith's drumming, Grohl recorded all drum tracks for this album, Goldsmith would ultimately leave the band not very happy with Grohl's decision. Former Alanis Morisette drummer Taylor Hawkins joined the band in Goldsmith's place. This second album featured classic Foo Fighters' hits "Monkey Wrench", "My Hero" and "Everlong". Around this time, Smear announced his departure from the band and Franz Stahl, who played in the hardcore band Scream with Grohl, replaced him. While recording 1999's "There's Nothing Left To Lose", Stahl was let go by the band. Grohl, Mendel and Hawkins basically recorded this album as a trio. "Learn To Fly" became the first Foo Fighters single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Former No Use For A Name guitarist Chris Shiflett was added to the band's lineup to replace Stahl. Recording for the band's 2002 album "One By One" turned out to be a very tense period for the band. In fighting amongst band members nearly led to the break up of the Foo Fighters. Grohl was not happy at all with the recordings and decided to go back home to Virginia and re-record the entire album. The new versions of songs such as "All My Life", "Times Like These", "Low" and "Have It All" rejuvenated the band and rid the band of it's past tensions. 2005 saw the band release the double disc "In Your Honor". CD 1 featured all rock songs while CD 2 featured all acoustic material. Singles included "Best Of You", "DOA" and "Resolve". In 2006, the band released it's very first live album "Skin And Bones". This album was to commemorate the band's all acoustic tour in the summer of 2006. In 2007, "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" was released. The first single, "The Pretender", topped Billboard's Modern Rock Chart for a record 19 weeks! The album was nominated for five Grammys, winning two of them. Pat Smear, who joined the Foo's on their acoustic tour, officially rejoined the band, making them a 5 piece. In 2009, the Foo's released "Greatest Hits". This compilation features many signature tracks by the band including two brand new songs, "Wheels" and "Word Forward". In honor of Record Store Day, the band released a vinyl record called "Medium Rare" in 2011 which featured all cover songs. Also in 2011, the band released "Wasting Light". This album was produced by Butch Vig and recorded in Dave Grohl's garage using only analog equipment. This album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts, thanks in part to hit singles like "Rope" and "Walk". The band also released a documentary called "Back And Forth" that very same year. This documentary featured an elaborate history of the band right up to the recording of "Wasting Light". Currently, the Foo Fighters have been hard at work on a new album, in fact, it has been said that they have completed at least 13 new songs. Grohl has hinted that the new album may be released at some point in 2014. Starting out as just a side project for Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters have grown into one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Their music provides a keen sense of melody with an arena rock anthem jolt of energy. Definitely one of the best rock and roll has to offer.

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