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During the last dark days of Nirvana in 1994, tapes of Dave Grohl’s solo demos circulated among alt rock royalty — Greg Dulli commented positively about them in more than one place — but it never seemed that these home-made tapes would be the origin of one of the biggest modern rock bands of the post-grunge era. As it turns out, ... Read more in Amazon's Foo Fighters Store

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  • Audio CD (4 July 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roswell/Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TYK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is A Call
2. I'll Stick Around
3. Big Me
4. Alone + Easy Target
5. Good Grief
6. Floaty
7. Weenie Beenie
8. Oh, George
9. For All The Cows
10. X-Static
11. Wattershed
12. Exhausted

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Assuming former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl dreads the thought of forever being known as "the guy from Kurt Cobain's band," the last thing he'd want to hear is that the debut album from his new band Foo Fighters sounds much like one from the deceased duke of grunge. Unfortunately, Nirvana comparisons are not only inevitable, they're bound to consume the dialogue surrounding his quartet entirely. Perhaps it was unavoidable osmosis: Grohl, Foo Fighters' lead singer-guitarist, wrote most of these tunes during breaks from beat-keeping for his former band leader. It's natural that Cobain's knack for balancing hard and fast with musical and melodic would wear off on Grohl, as well as on bandmates Pat Smear (who also played with Nirvana), William Goldsmith, and Nate Mendel (both of Seattle's Sunny Day Real Estate). Grohl even unveils vocal cords that tread lightly on Cobain's gorgeous growl. Of course, many Nirvana-wannabees have tried to capture Cobain & Co.'s teen spirit, and all failed; that Foo Fighters succeed in creating a powerful heavy rock album that's neither noisy nor stale is a measured accomplishment in its own right. So bask in the familiar neo-garage punk (a.k.a. grunge) of "I'll Stick Around", "Oh, George", and "Good Grief", because we certainly won't hear anything from the style's originator in the near future. And, who knows, you might even be surprised by Grohl's own pop chops on the mellow Byrds-like folk rock "Big Me" and catchy rave-up "This Is a Call". The Foo Fighters prove that even if you can't go home again, it sure is comfortable hanging out next door. --Roni Sarig

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1 x CD Album
UK 1995

1This Is A Call3:54
2I'll Stick Around3:53
3Big Me2:13
4Alone + Easy Target4:05
5Good Grief4:01
6Floaty4:30
7Weenie Beenie2:46
8Oh, George3:01
9For All The Cows3:30
10X-Static4:13
11Wattershed2:16
12Exhausted5:45

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut 7 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe that Dave Grohl pieced this entire album together by himself, before he had a band to speak of. Despite being bettered by the Foo Fighters follow-up album, The Colour and the Shape, their self-titled effort remains one of the best rock albums of the 90's and a fine fairwell to the glory days of grunge.
The album starts off wonderfully with their three singles, the wonderful debut single This Is A Call, the Courtney Love-inspired hate ballad I'll Stick Around and the wonderfully charming parody Big Me. No doubt you will have heard one or more of these hits before.
From then on the album goes from strength to strength. There are very catchy and original tunes hidden within the Foo Fighters self-titled album, most of which surpass the single choices. From the brilliant Alone + Easy Target (of which Kurt Cobain wanted to turn into a Nirvana song at one point) and dream-laden Floaty to the cult classic For All The Cows, ranging from a gentle melody to a grungy explosion mid-way through, and the fast, rocky number by the name of Good Greif. Not to mention Weenie Beenie, Grohl's attempt at a truly hardcore rock track.
There are a couple of dull moments here and there. Grohl's tribute to George Harrison (Oh, George), while it certainly has that familiar hook, seems to trail off into nothing and leaves no lasting impression, and while X-Static is certainly a solid track, lacks a chorus that'll have you humming for days to come like the rest of the Foos tracks.
The best is saved for last, though, with two closing tracks turning out to be the strongest on the entire album. Wattershed is an explosion of fast punk-grunge for a solid 2 minutes, and in complete contrast the beautiful melancholy of Exhuasted will linger in your mind long after the album has faded out.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revitalising 19 May 2001
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Format:Audio CD
When this album was released in 1995 the grunge world was still in mourning of its hero, Kurt Cobain. Surprisingly this album was released to relatively little fanfare - unfortunately many people were too quick to slate Grohl for not continuing the Nirvana legacy. He totally did the right thing in not doing so, because no matter how brilliant the grunge songs he could have written, he would have been vilified for copying Kurt. I've always felt that Nirvana were slightly overrated. Mike Patton reflects in the Faith No More track "Star AD" that "when you die, you become something worse than dead...you become a legend." That is how Nirvana's music will sadly be remembered, they have been propelled to god like status when all they wanted was to give the world some decent rock music. This is Grohl's intention also. Certainly poppier than Nirvana, but "Foo Fighters" is an excellent debut. "This Is A Call" reached No.5 in the UK chart when it was released; I imagine this was a posthumous response to Nirvana's demise. This is unfair, as the song is an absolute belter with an instantly memorable hook. "Alone & Easy Target" and "Weenie Beenie" are two energetic blasts of punk. The rest of the album is a slow-burner although the bouncy "Big Me" is instantly likeable. This isn't to say it is a bad album at all, far from it. In fact, this is the kind of album that you really will listen to again and again. My favourite tracks are "Floaty" and its stuttering, repetitive refrain, "For All The Cows" acoustic/electric build up, "X-Static"'s steady monotone, or the final track, "Exhausted", not instantly memorable but a real grower. Read more ›
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scortcher Of A Debut 27 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard this album I fell in love with it, from the first 2 immediate impact of This Is A Call & I'll Stick Around to the last strains of Exhausted we have Jazz, Punk and Garage rock tracks all over the place. O.k. the production isn't great but originally it's was a batch of demos but to me this only adds to the feel of this fantastic album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent debut! 2 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
Released the year after Kurt Cobain's suicide, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl stepped up to the plate with his debut (commercial) release as a frontman. Expectations must have been high, but he delivered in a big way.
"Foo Fighters" is a showcase of Dave Grohl's talent; not only are *all* of the songs brilliant, so is the musicianship. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that Grohl played all of the instruments himself. This was before the Foo Fighters existed as a full band. I'm assuming he wanted to make sure everything was done "right", and being perfectly capable, decided to do the whole thing himself. His vocals are excellent, and as always, the hard-hitting drum parts are brilliant.
Although the album doesn't really sound anything like Nirvana, it still has a "grunge" feel to it, but the edge is certainly rock. As a songwriter, Grohl had it nailed; brilliantly commercial songs such as "This is a Call" and "I'll Stick Around", the 60s pop-remeniscent "Big Me", then leaning slightly closer towards grunge (but with new chord patterns) with tracks like "Alone + Easy Target".
The album isn't quite as commercial as subsequent Foo Fighters releases, but is definitely as accessible. The only gripe I have with the album is the fairly poor production. With slightly crisper production, I wouldn't have any gripes at all. Overall, one of the best CDs in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Foo Fighters
Being a fan of Foo Fighters recent work, I thought I'd check out their earlier recordings.

I was not disappointed.
Published 13 days ago by David Manley - Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner
5.0 out of 5 stars Grohl goes to greater things
This is a superb debut album. I love all the Foo's albums but this is one that has a special place in my heart. Read more
Published 8 months ago by justin campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Element Of Surprise....
Firstly i'm going to say that this is my favourite Foo Fighters album, bar none. Maybe it was down to the fact that after the suicide of Kurt Cobain nobody could seriously say that... Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars FF
Great music, a real pleasure. Foo Fighters Rocks! I recommend to everyone with a good taste of music. One of the best band.
Published 13 months ago by Tomasz
5.0 out of 5 stars Only 5 stars !
Foo Fighters ... one of the better cd i've never heard , i buy it new and i dpfasnpdspfn d ;) !|
Published 16 months ago by Matteo Michelni
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
A truly super album and one that every true music fan should have in their collection, filled with great tracks.
Published 17 months ago by stephen bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I loved Nirvana and enjoy a lot of the Foo Fighters material. In my opinion the Foo Fighters, despite being an amazing band (especially live) have never topped this debut album. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Top Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as ever
the foo fighters have done a spectacular album up to their normal amazing standard.every song is fantastic and well worth listening to over and over.
Published 22 months ago by viv
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a call.
A very quick dispatched, And I'm very satisfied with the cd, it's so great to listen to an old songs. Many thanks and all the best!
Published 24 months ago by joZ
4.0 out of 5 stars The First... Of Many
This album is an essential addition to anybody's Rock collection.

Word of caution: (Anybody who has this album will know this) If you buy this album and are appaled by... Read more
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