Robert Lang Studios
April 1994. The world is in shock. Kurt Cobain, the charismatic leader of Nirvana has just died. Dave Grohl, the drummer of the group, enters in depression. Demotivated, sad, he thinks about quitting music. When Danzig offers him to join its ranks, he refuses, claiming that it is impossible for him to sit behind a drum kit without thinking about Nirvana. Always solicited from all sides, the musician finally decides to launch his own project. After all, if the world knows him as a drummer, he can also play guitar, bass and a little piano. Singing doesn’t scare him either. Perfect to be alone in the studio to develop all the songs composed over the years.
Determined to get back on track, Dave Grohl rented Robert Lang Studios in Seattle for a week. The place is only a little more than twenty kilometers from his home and the cosy and intimate atmosphere suits him. Assisted by producer Barrett Jones, he wrote about four songs a day. Only Greg Dulli from The Afghan Whigs comes to play guitar on the track X-Static. All tracks are recorded in the order of the album. This one is published under a group name, the Foo Fighters, in reference to the UFO hunters, very numerous in the United States. With a print run of 100 copies, this first test circulated very discreetly. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam receives a copy that he broadcasts in part on his pirate radio show. Interested, Capitol Records makes an offer to its author. Later, while playing with Tom Petty on Saturday Night Live, Dave Grohl was asked to join his band, but when he learned that he had just launched the Foo Fighters, he encouraged him to try it instead. It is then that to be able to carry out concerts around his new songs, the artist recruits musicians, of which his old friend, the ex-Germs and ex-Nirvana, Pat Smear.
The tone of the album is both close and yet far from Nirvana’s. While some tracks appear raging and vindictive, in the purest grunge and punk spirit, others play the card of lightness. Big Me, for example, flirts with pop while its video, a parody of Mentos candy commercials, indicates that Dave Grohl does not intend to dig in the same direction as his former band. Galvanized by the reception he received from the public, the musician went on tour and it was once again a triumph. A great adventure begins. Over the years, the Foo Fighters have established themselves as one of the most important rock bands in the world.
It only took seven days days for Dave Grohl to record alone the first album of the Foo Fighters.
19351 23rd Ave NW
This Seattle recording studio has seen many prestigious artists since it opened in 1974.
Hidden in a beautiful stone house immersed in the greenery, a few steps from the shore, this studio has participated in the evolution of the Seattle scene by hosting bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden but also Biohazard, Nada Surf, Heart, Pete... Learn more about 19351 23rd Ave NW
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