Personalities | Foo Fighters | Twenty-First Century | Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1995–present)
Foo Fighters, the post-Nirvana project of Dave Grohl with Taylor Hawkins (drums), Nate Mendel (bass) and Chris Shiflett (guitar) saw the drummer-turned-singer storm the charts again and again with an honest, workaday approach to rock that was, more often that not, humorously handled. Thankfully too, Grohl could write a melody, and this meant his new band made countless radio hits rather than imitating the obscure punk that had influenced them.
‘This Is A Call’, ‘I’ll Stick Around’ (both 1995), ‘My Hero’, ‘Walking After You’ (both 1997) – the list went on and on, each single more radio-friendly than the last. Often the singles would come backed with hammy promotional films – but while critics accused Grohl of selling out, the likeability of the singer and the quality of his songwriting won through. The band released a Greatest Hits in 2009, then went briefly quiet as Grohl played with supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.
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