Friday, March 11, 2011
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Foo Fighters
Song:Learn To Fly
When Kurt Cobain died and Nirvana dissolved in 1994, drummer Dave Grohl didn't seem to know what to do with himself. He started Foo Fighters as a one man project but it grew into one of the most successful bands of the 90s and they are still successful today. Learn To Fly is their biggest single to date. He was born Jan. 16, 1969 in Warren, OH and grew up in the Washington, DC suburb of Springfield, VA. He taught himself the drums and was a member of Scream as a teen. He lied about his age at the audition. Kurt Cobain saw Scream when they came to Seattle. So when Scream broke up and Cobain was starting Nirvana, Grohl joined the band. They were very successful but it was mostly Cobain's band. After Cobain's death, Grohl wasn't sure what to do. He recorded an album that he planned to record as a one off demo cassette for friends. But when it got out, record companies came calling and Grohl turned it into a full band. The name Foo Fighters is a WWII term for UFOs. Sunny Day Real Estate had just split up so he brought in bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith. And Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear joined. Grohl started Roswell Records and signed a distribution deal with Capitol. The first two albums were very successful. Goldsmith left in 1997 and was replaced by Taylor Hawkins. Smear left in 1997 and was replaced by Franz Stahl and Chris Shiplett replaced him in 1999. With the 1999 CD There Is Nothing Left To Lose, Foo Fighters switched to RCA. The success continued as the CD reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 200. Though they had a lot of success on the Alt Rock charts, Learn To Fly was their first mainstream chart hit and reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Foo Fighters success has continued and this 2009 Greatest Hits CD reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 200. You can also get it in a Deluxe Edition with a bonus DVD for a few extra bucks. A new Foo Fighters CD Wasting Light will be released next month. It doesn't look like they are slowing down anytime soon. Here's the video for Learn To Fly by Foo Fighters.