Words About Foo Fighters
I watched that Foo Fighters documentary “Back and Forth” that runs all the time on Palladia the other day. I never really paid attention to the Foo Fighters outside of them being a popular rock band. I never bought any of their albums before. But after watching the movie and subsequently buying their Greatest Hits album, and came to a few realizations.
1) It is amazing to me that this band has been around almost 20 years now. They’re sort of the last bastion of that 90s grunge/post-punk pop band I listened to as a teen. Well, maybe them and Green Day, but for me Green Day is so far away from their rock roots that it’s hard to remember that early 90s stuff. With Foo Fighters, there is direct link between Monkey Wrench, All My Life, Best of You, and The Pretender that you know it’s the same band. But it’s hard to believe the same band that made such a fast and loud song like Basket Case and would later make Boulevard of Broken Dreams.
2) I think I wrote off Foo Fighters when the first single Big Me came out. I remember in high school, my friend (who introduced me to punk) and I were talking about how that song was kind of weak compared to the more punk Nirvana stuff. Then Monkey Wrench came out, and we said, yeah - that’s more punk. But who punk can it be if they play it on the radio? Of course now listening to it with more maturity, that is a perfect little punk song.
3) It’s amazing how many of there songs are just sort of there in your consciousness, like Best of You and Learn to Fly. Again, never bought these albums or purposely listened to them; but they just got played everywhere.
4) I don’t think I really heard All My Life prior to buying this album, as it must have hit when I was not listening to pop radio so much. But that is definitely my jam.