Dave Grohl is a fighter. He’s not just a great drummer, singer, guitar player, director, or producer…he’s an innovator. He challenges what is expected of himself, what his fans want from him, and what he’s capable of doing. By creating the Foo’s new album through an HBO documentary in multiple cities with a guest list that any band would beg to have, he’s changed the landscape of who the Foo Fighters are. From an offshoot of Nirvana, the Foos have become their own entity. They are today’s gold standard of rock bands. In taking on a new endeavor, recording in a new way, always runs the risk of failure. The Foos know this…but they put themselves out there anyway. They deserve respect for taking a chance.
This is why I am blown away by Taylor Hawkins recent comments about U2 adding their music to everyone’s itunes library. He claimed it was Orwellian. It’s not. And he obviously didn’t read 1984 to know that he’s misuing the word Orwellian. U2 didn’t giving away their album for free on your itunes is no different than CBS broadcasting the Big Bang Theory on your television. You don’t like it? Don’t watch, don’t listen.
The irony here is that it was the Foo Fighters’ album, “In Your Honor,” that automatically and illegally installed spyware onto your hard drive when you put the compact disc in your computer. I wonder if there’s a word that would describe that type action, when a corporation secretly spies on its customers. It’s a good book Taylor, you should read it.
Here are the 11 Best Songs By The Foo Fighters:
- Everlong (The Colour & The Shape)
- The Pretender (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace)
- I’ll Stick Around (Foo Fighters)
- Walk (Wasting Light)
- Learn To Fly (There Is Nothing Left To Lose)
- Come Back (One By One)
- Alone + Easy Target (Foo Fighters)
- Breakout (There Is Nothing Left To Lose)
- Low (One By One)
- Dear Rosemary (Wasting Light)
- Good Grief (Foo Fighters)
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