Right now, Foo Fighters consists of Chris Shiflett (guitar), Dave Grohl (vocals/guitars), Nate Mendell (bass), Taylor Hawkins (drums), Pat Smear (rhythym), Chris Shiflett (lead guitar) and Rami Jaffee (keyboardist), but in the beginning there was only one - Dave Grohl.
Shortly after the death of Kurt Cobain and the break up of Nirvana, Grohl and friend and record producer Barrett Jones booked a studio and recorded the 15 tracks of what was intended to be a demo tape but was destined to become the Foo Fighters first album. Amazingly, Grohl played all the instruments on the album with the exception of a single guitar track contributed by Greg Dulli (Afghan Whig/Twilight).
Their second studio album, The Colour and the Shape (buy album), was released on May 20, 1997, through Roswell. The album reached number three in the UK and number ten in the United States. It was the group's biggest U.S. seller, having sold over two million copies. It was nominated for five MTV Video Music Awards in 1997 and 1998 for the videos "Monkey Wrench" and "Everlong". It was also a Grammy Award nominee for Best Rock Album in 1998.¹
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