I wrote a while back about how my first cd which was the first Foo Fighters album, the self titled one with the weird ray gun on the cover. I remember going into Best Buy and buying the cd with my own money so it probably was not my first cd…..just the one I first actively purchased. I supposed all my cds before were presents or lifted from my brother. And, contrary to my earlier stated distaste for Whitney Houston, I did have the soundtrack to The Bodyguard in my room for one summer and for some reason listening to it to fall asleep. But, I digress…and the concept of my finding Whitney soothing is positively bone chilling. I loved this cd and it hurts me to say so, but I now hate this band and not because they suck. They don’t suck per se, although I do think many of their songs sound the same. I hate them because they are relentlessly and unmercifully played on alternative rock stations across the country.
Before I berate the band and whoever is responsible for this amount of playtime. let’s look at the strong points of the band. There were some really good songs on that first album. I really liked Nirvana and knew about Dave Grohl because of that band. He was a familiar face and when I saw the video for the first single, “I’ll Stick Around”, I recognized both him and the other guitarist from Nirvana, Pat Smear. One has to remember that this was the era of cuts from Nirvana: Unplugged in New York were in mainstream rotation due to Kurt recently ending his life. I loved that cd and must have listened to it 10,000 times so when I realized who the Foo Fighters were, I got right on hassling the parents to get me to the mall to buy the cd.
It was really good then to my young ears and still sounds alright today. I’m into much different music than I was at age ten but I can still listen to this and bob my head. It is also extremely impressive that he did this all on his own in the year after his former lead singer committed suicide. He literally wrote every song, played every instrument save for one track with a friend from the Afghan Whigs on guitar and helped produce the album. I got this all from this recent documentary I saw on Palladia called Back and Forth which is very interesting and I highly recommend it. Even if you don’t like the band, it says a lot about the grunge scene and what came after, as well as pointing to some reasons the Foo Fighters got so big. Check it out if you have any interest in the band.
few really good songs on both that first album and other albums. As I said, the whole first album was really good, most especially “For all the Cows, “This is the Call” and “Big Me”. With the last one, it’s again the video I remember, noting then that the song was not angry like many of the others and in fact was very poppy. I loved that video and thought the guys in the band seemed like generally cool people, not the sort of fear/admiration I had of Cobain because of his drug addiction. You remember it if you were alive then, it had the Mentos theme.
I also really like “Everlong” as well, which is off their sophomore effort The Colour and the Shape. It’s a well written song with great music reflective of the many strands of alternative music of the time. This may be Dave Grohl at his lyrical best and this can be verified by a statement I read about it in a magazine. Allegedly, Bob Dylan cited the lyric ” you’ve got promise not to stop when I say when” as being a great lyric and Dave Grohl said he almost stopped crying. The humor the band is great and is definitely one of the reasons I first liked tit. The point, however, of this post is not to praise this band that I once so loved and is obviously a very good band.
I actually currently fucking hate this band because it is so over played on the alternative rock station that you literally start to think it’s going to propel you into some type of psychotic frenzy when the first three chords of the number one currently reigning Foo Fighters hit of the moment. I listen to a radio much of the day at one of my jobs and switch to classic rock whenever the Foos come on. I don’t know if they are really this popular as I never hear someone say “Gee, I really love the Foo Fighters” but I also don’t walk around populated areas and poll the populace on their current musical tastes. Is it someone paying off the stations? Is it a global conspiracy Right now, it’s:
I hope you can fathom the frequency of this song being played right now. It is maddening and it’s not only in my northern alcove. The Elder recently mentioned how it also pervades his alternative station down south, evidenced by the numerous car rides we spent when I recently visited changing the station rather than catching up on each others lives. It’s to the point, apparently, where this song/band being overplayed is affecting my personal relationships.
Now is this song even that bad when compared to dubstep music and nearly all contemporary pop music? No, it just sounds like the Foo Fighters wrote their first two albums, had a hit or two with anthem size songs and then have pushed repeat ever since. They want to write songs that football size stadiums of people and radio listeners everywhere will sing along with over and over again. I find myself doing that now and I despise the songs. They found a formula and stick to it. Maybe it’s just me but this song sounds lyrically and musically just like this hit from back in the day.
Again, it’s not terrible music. In fact, if I had only heard these songs a few times, I wouldn’t mind them. Maybe this is the crux of the biscuit here, that through endless amounts of listens, you deeply analyze every facet of the song to the point where it is aurally abrasive. I mean, I love the live album Yessongs by Yes and have listened to it hundreds of time, but sometimes I have to put it down for a while. With the current state of Foo songs being played and the circumstances of my listening, there is no way to put them down for a while.
I guess there are some deep cuts that are very good on the new album Wasting Light, which this song and the other annoying songs are on. Truth be told, I love Dave Grohl in everything else that he does beyond this band, from the album with the Queens of the Stone Age to the collaborations with Lemmy from Motorhead to the awesomeness that is Them Crooked Vultures. I don’t think the man is a mediocre musician; I think his own band just seems to really like and embrace seemingly mediocre tunes that keep becoming big super mega hits for no apparent reason. Maybe it’s just me but I don’t want to find out about the good songs on this album because I’m so agitated by the barrage of Foo songs on a daily basis. I suppose I should just listen to National Public Radio or talk radio of a political slant and avoid the problem completely. I don’t because I do like the 90”s songs played often on the station and a few random modern alternative songs but I’m to the point where if I hear Foo Fighters one more time that I’m going to make like a postal worker. Am I the only one? I know the Elder J is right there with me.