Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters (Roswell/Capito

Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters (Roswell/Capito

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Nowadays, Dave Grohl is so unstoppable that not even a broken leg can derail him for long. His fall from the stage in Gothenburg, Sweden, might have forced him to cancel headline slots at Glastonbury Festival and Wembley Stadium, but just a few short weeks later, he was back in action, playing on a Game Of Thrones-inspired chair, no less. But there was a time when Grohl’s path was less certain. Back in 1995, the idea that the shyest member of Nirvana might cut it as a frontman, let alone one of the biggest rockstars on the planet, seemed ridiculous to some, who gleefully dubbed him “the grunge Ringo”. Two things convinced the public otherwise: a storming 1995 Reading Festival appearance, and this debut album. Some of it sounds exactly like you might expect Nirvana’s drummer’s solo project to sound, but Grohl was already finding an unexpected lightness of touch. So this album boasts the hardcore assault of Weenie Beenie, but also the pretty Lemonheads-esque ditty of Big Me and the big, brawny alt-rock of This Is A Call. It didn’t break any legs, but it did break the band and no true Foo fanatic should be without it.

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