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F.A.Q. --- Frequently asked questions about the Foo Fighters

The following F.A.Q. can be found at http://www.netaxs.com/~benson/foo-faq.txt
I. Band Information
A. Who are those Foo Fighters?
B. What exactly are "Foo Fighters"?

II. Releases
A. What have Foo Fighters released?
B. What about their contributions to complitations?
C. Are there any videos?
D. Unnofficial Releases

III. Live Shows
A. When and where have the Foos played live?
B. Where can I find tour dates?
C. Where can I find live show reviews?

IV. Television Appearances
A. What songs did they play on their appearances on David Letterman?
B. What songs did they play on their MTV special?
C. What songs did they play on Saturday Night Live?
D. Have there been any "in-store" appearances?
E. Did they win any 1996, 1997, or 1998 MTV Music Video Awards?

V. Foo Fighters Internet Resources
A. Where can I find Foo reviews, lyrics, etc...?
B. Why do people yell at me when I ask for mp3s in this newsgroup?
C. Where can I find guitar tabs?
D. Is there a newsgroup?
E. Are there any mailing lists?

VI. Miscellaneous
A. Is there a fan club?
B. Can you list every recording session and the songs recorded?
C. What do the songs mean?
D. Can you tell me what Dave's whispering towards the end of Everlong?
E. What was the LATE! "Pocketwatch" album?
F. What's the connection with the movie "Touch"?
G. What's the connection with Nirvana?
H. What's the connection with Sunny Day Real Estate?
I. What's the connection with Devo?
J. What's the connection with Backbeat?
K. What's the connection with Sean "Puffy" Combs?
L. How well are their albums selling?
I. Band Information

A. Who are those Foo Fighters?

Foo Fighters are a band put together by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, utilizing songs he wrote during and after his tenure with Nirvana.

The band grew out of a 15-song demo Dave recorded at Robert Lang's studio in Seattle from October 17-23, 1994. For the demo, Dave played every instrument himself, except for one guitar part on "X-Static", which was played by Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli. In early 1995, the demo was remixed and the result was the 12-song Foo Fighters debut album that entered the *Billboard* charts at #23. (Left off of the album were "Winnebago", "Podunk", and "Butterflies", though "Winnebago" and "Podunk" wound up as B-sides on the "This Is a Call" single. For more info, see section II-A.)

Dave soon assembled the actual band. They were:

Dave Grohl: guitar and vocals
Pat Smear: guitar and backing vocals
Nate Mendel: bass
William Goldsmith: drums

(From the photo in the liner of the Foo Fighters album, they are: [from l. to r.] Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, William Goldsmith, and Dave Grohl.)

Pat Smear, an ex-Germ, had joined Nirvana as a second guitarist near the band's end. Dave decided to bring him along for the Foo ride. Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith were from a Sub Pop band called Sunny Day Real Estate, which broke up over two year ago. Dave had heard them play, and was blown away. When he heard that the band had split up, he asked the two to join Foo Fighters.

William Goldsmith left the band in February of 1997 to pursue "other musical interests," leaving the Foos drummerless for a short period. His replacement was Taylor Hawkins, whose last gig was as the drummer for Alanis Morrisette's band.

Over the course of the summer of 1997, rumors surfaced that Pat was going to quit after their European tour. These rumors turned out to be true, and at the MTV Music Video Awards on September 4th, Pat played his last song with the Foo Fighters, "Monkey Wrench." He then introduced his replacement, Franz Stahl, former guitarist of Scream and Wool.

Franz toured with the band for the rest of 1997 and all of 1998, seemingly without incident. In the spring of 1999, recording began for the next Foo Fighters release, and the band was scheduled to appear at Woodstock '99 in July, but word surfaced in late June that they would not be playing the festival due to the lack of a guitarist. On June 29th, word officially came from the band's publicist, Nasty Little Man, that Franz had split from the band, describing it "as amicable but necessary."

A search soon commenced for a guitarist to help fill in on the tour to support the release of the Foo Fighters third album, "There Is Nothing Left To Lose." After auditioning a number of different guitarists, the band finally settled on Chris Shiflett in August, who was a member of No Use For A Name at the time. For now at least, Shiflett will remain a touring guitarist for the Foos, as it has not been decided if he will become a permanent member of the band.

The current Foo lineup is as follows:

Dave Grohl: guitar and vocals
Nate Mendel: bass
Taylor Hawkins: drums

B. What exactly are "Foo Fighters"?

Near the end of WWII, the U.S. Air Force patrolling German airspace encountered highly maneuverable balls of light in the area between Hagenau in Alsace-Lorraine and Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in the Rhine Valley. These unidentified flying objects came to be referred to as "Foo Fighters", or "Kraut Balls" by those who believed the objects were a secret German weapon.

II. Releases

A. What have the Foo Fighters released?

*Exhausted (12")
1. Exhausted
2. Winnebago

Release date: 6/12/95
Notes: Interesting cover artwork; promotional only

*This Is a Call (7")
1. This Is a Call
2. Winnebago

Release date: 6/19/95
Notes: Black vinyl and red vinyl available

*This Is a Call (12")
1. This Is a Call
2. Winnebago
3. Podunk

Release date: 6/19/95
Notes: Limited pressing of 1000; glow-in-the-dark vinyl

*This Is a Call (CD)
1. This Is a Call
2. Winnebago
3. Podunk

Release date: 6/19/95

*This Is a Call (CD)
1. This Is a Call
2. Winnebago

Release date: 8/2/95
Notes: Japanese release; The album plus two extra tracks; lyrics in Japanese and English

*Foo Fighters (CD, LP, CS)
1. This Is a Call
2. I'll Stick Around
3. Big Me
4. Alone+Easy Target
5. Good Grief
6. Floaty

7. Weenie Beenie
8. Oh, George
9. For All the Cows
10. X-Static
11. Wattershed
12. Exhausted

Release date: 7/4/95

*Foo Fighters (CD)
1. This Is a Call
2. I'll Stick Around
3. Big Me
4. Alone+Easy Target
5. Good Grief
6. Floaty
7. Weenie Beenie
8. Oh George
9. For All the Cows
10. X-Static
11. Wattershed
12. Exhausted
13. Winnebago
14. Podunk

Release date: 7/5/95
Notes: The album plus two extra tracks; Japanese release

*I'll Stick Around (7")
1. I'll Stick Around
2. How I Miss You

Release date: 8/29/95
Notes: Special Edition red vinyl, UK pressing, photos by Duncan Price

*I'll Stick Around (12")
1. I'll Stick Around
2. How I Miss You
3. Ozone

Release date: 8/29/95
Notes: UK pressing, photos by Duncan Price

*I'll Stick Around (CD)
1. I'll Stick Around
2. How I Miss You
3. Ozone

Release date: 8/29/95
Notes: Ozone is an Ace Frehley cover; UK release

*I'll Stick Around (CD)
1. I'll Stick Around
2. How I Miss You
3. Ozone
4. For All the Cows (live)
5. Wattershed (live)

Release date: ??/??/95
Note: Ozone is an Ace Frehly cover; live tracks from 1995 Reading Festival; Japanese release

*For All the Cows (CD, 12")
1. For All the Cows
2. For All the Cows (live)
3. Wattershed (live)

Release date: 11/21/95
Notes: UK pressing, live tracks from 1995 Reading Festival

*For All the Cows (7")
1. For All the Cows
2. Wattershed (live)

Release date: 11/21/95
Notes: UK pressing, live track from 1995 Reading Festival

*Tour EP (CD)
1. Winnebago
2. Podunk
3. How I Miss You
4. Ozone
5. For All the Cows (live)
6. Wattershed (live)

Release date: 12/95
Notes: Included with the album as part of a double CD; live tracks from 1995 Reading Festival; Ozone is an Ace Frehley cover; Australian release

*Big Me (CD)
1. Big Me
2. Floaty
3. Gas Chamber
4. Alone + Easy Target

Release date: 3/25/96
Notes: Tracks 2, 3, and 4 from BBC Radio 1 Session; UK Release; Australian Release the same.

*Big Me (7")
1. Big Me
2. Floaty
3. Gas Chamber

Release date: 3/25/96
Notes: Tracks 2 and 3 from BBC Radio 1 Session; Available on white vinyl; UK Release

*Big Me (Cassette)
1. Big Me
2. Floaty
3. Gas Chamber

Release date: 3/25/96
Notes: Tracks 2 and 3 from BBC Radio 1 Session; UK Release

*Big Me (CD)
1. Big Me
2. Winnebago
3. How I Miss You
4. Podunk
5. Ozone
6. For All the Cows (live)
7. Wattershed (live)

Release date: 3/27/96
Notes: Ozone is an Ace Frehley cover; live tracks from 1995 Reading Festival

*Monkey Wrench (CD)
1. Monkey Wrench
2. Up In Arms
3. The Colour and the Shape

Release date: 4/28/97
Notes: CD one of a two CD set; UK release

*Monkey Wrench (CD)
1. Monkey Wrench
2. Down in the Park
3. See You (Acoustic)

Release date: 4/28/97
Notes: CD two of a two CD set; UK release

*The Colour and the Shape (CD)
1. Doll
2. Monkey Wrench
3. Hey, Johnny Park!
4. My Poor Brain
5. Wind Up
6. Up in Arms
7. My Hero
8. See You
9. Enough Space
10. February Stars
11. Everlong
12. Walking After You
13. New Way Home

Release Date: 5/20/97

*Monkey Wrench (7")
1. Monkey Wrench
2. The Colour and the Shape

Release date: ??/??/97
Notes: Plain old black vinyl; UK Release

*Everlong (CD)
1. Everlong
2. Drive Me Wild
3. I'll Stick Around (live)

Release date: ??/??/97
Notes: CD one of a two CD set; track 2 comes from the Radio 1 Session of 5/29/97

*Everlong (CD)
1. Everlong
2. Requiem
3. See You (live)

Release date: ??/??/97
Notes: CD two of a two CD set; track 2 comes from the Radio 1 Session of 5/29/97

*Everlong (CD)
1. Everlong
2. Down in the Park
3. See You (acoustic)

Release date: ??/??/97
Notes: Australian release; Comes in digipak with bonus poster

*Everlong (7")
1. Everlong
2. Drive Me Wild

Release date: ??/??/97
Notes: UK release; blue vinyl

*Tour Edition of The Colour and the Shape
TCATS plus....
1. Requiem
2. Drive Me Wild
3. Down in the Park
4. Baker Street

Release date: 1/??/98
Notes: Australian release of TCATS plus a 4 track bonus EP; CD cover is silver instead of blue (same artwork)

*My Hero (CD)
1. My Hero
2. Requiem
3. Drive Me Wild
4. Down in the Park
5. See You
6. For all the Cows (acoustic)
7. Baker Street

Release date: 1/13/98
Notes: Japanese release

*My Hero (CD)
1. My Hero
2. Dear Lover
3. For All The Cows

Release date: 1/19/98
Note: Australian Release

*My Hero (CD)
1. My Hero
2. Baker Street
3. Dear Lover

Release date: 1/19/98
Notes: UK Release; also contains the video for Everlong and clips of the Monkey Wrench video, plus lyrics and photos in the CD Rom format

*My Hero (7")
1. My Hero
2. Dear Lover

Release date: 1/19/98
Notes: Red vinyl

*In Conversation (CD)

Release date: 4/21/98
Notes: UK release; Foo Fighters interview (more info appreciated)

*Walking After You (CD)
1. Walking After You
2. Beacon Light (Ween)

Release date: ??/??/98
Notes: Split single with Ween; same version of Walking After You as found on the X-Files soundtrack, listed in section B

*Learn To Fly (CD)
1. Learn To Fly
2. Iron & Stone
3. Have a Cigar

Release date: 10/11/99
Notes: Australian release

*Learn To Fly (CD)
1. Learn To Fly
2. Iron & Stone
3. Have A Cigar

Release date: 10/18/99
Notes: CD 1 of a 2 CD set; UK release

*Learn To Fly (CD)
1. Learn To Fly
2. Make A Bet
3. Have a Cigar

Release date: 10/18/99
Notes: CD 2 of a 2 CD set; UK release

*There Is Nothing Left To Lose (CD)
1. Stacked Actors
2. Breakout
3. Learn To Fly
4. Gimme Stitches
5. Generator
6. Aurora
7. Live-In Skin
8. Next Year
9. Headwires
10. Ain't It The Life
11. M.I.A.
12. Fraternity

Release date: 11/01/99
Notes: Australian release; comes with multimedia content, including the video for Learn To Fly and lyrics to the songs on the album

*There Is Nothing Left To Lose (CD)
1. Stacked Actors
2. Breakout
3. Learn To Fly
4. Gimme Stitches
5. Generator
6. Aurora
7. Live-In Skin
8. Next Year
9. Headwires
10. Ain't It The Life
11. M.I.A.

Release date: 11/02/99
Notes: Comes with multimedia content, including the video for Learn To Fly and lyrics to the songs on the album

*Stacked Actors (CD)
1. Stacked Actors
2. Ain't It The Life (live)
3. Floaty (live)

Release date: 01/17/00
Notes: Australian-only release; Both Ain't It The Life and Floaty are taken from the 2 Meter Sessions

*Generator (CD)
1. Generator
2. Ain't It The Life (live)
3. Floaty (live)
4. Fraternity
5. Breakout (live)

Release date: 3/6/2000
Notes: Both Ain't It The Life and Floaty are taken from the 2 Meter Sessions; cd has an enhanced section with a photo gallery and a documentary on the making of TINLTL

*Generator (CD)
1. Generator
2. Learn To Fly (live)
3. Stacked Actors (live)
4. Breakout (live)
Release date: 4/24/2000
Notes: Australian EP release; Learn To Fly and Stacked Actors both come from the 1/24/2000 show at the Metro in Sydney; cd has an enhanced section

All Foo Fighters releases were on Roswell/Capitol...
...until Walking After You, released on Elektra Entertainment... and they are now on Roswell/RCA Records, which TINLTL was released on.

Thanks to Chris Carman (carmance@muohio.edu) for providing some of this information.

B. What about their contributions to compilations?

*Songs in the Key of X: The X-Files Soundtrack (CD)
1. The X-Files Theme (Mark Snow)
2. Unmarked Helicopters (Soul Coughing)
3. On the Outside (Sheryl Crow...ewwww)
4. Down In the Park (Foo Fighters)
5. Star Me Kitten (REM with William S. Burroughs)
6. Red Right Hand (Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds)
7. Thanks Bro (Filter)
8. Man Of Steel (Frank Black)
9. Unexplained (Meat Puppets)
10. Deep (Danzig)
11. Frenzy (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
12. My Dark Life (Elvis Costello and Brian Eno)
13. The Hands Of Death (Burn, Baby, Burn) (Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper)
14. If You Never Say Goodbye (PM Dawn)
15. The X-Files Theme (Remix) (PM Dawn)

Release date: 3/26/96
Notes: Down In the Park is a Gary Numan cover; released by Warner Bros. Records.

*Music From The Dimension Motion Picture Scream 2 (CD)
1. Scream (Master P, featuring Silkk The Shocker)
2. Suburban Life (Kottonmouth Kings)
3. Rivers (Sugar Ray)
4. She's Always In My Hair (D'Angelo)
5. Help Myself (Dave Mathews Band)
6. She Said (Collective Soul)
7. Right Place Wrong Time (The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)
8. Dear Lover (Foo Fighters)
9. Eyes Of Sand (Tonic)
10. The Swing (Everclear)
11. I Think I Love You (Less Than Jake)
12. Your Lucky Day In Hell (Eels)
13. Red Right Hand (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
14. One More Chance (Kelly)
15. The Race (Ear2000)

Release Date: 12/02/97

*Essential Interpretations
VA-Essential Series

1. Ode to Billy Joe (John Butler)
2. Submission (Belinda Carlisle/Radiator)
3. When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman (Cecil)
4. Jealousy (Dubstar)
5. Air That I Breathe, The
6. Baker Street (Foo Fighters)
7. We Have all the Time in the World (Fun Lovin' Criminals)
8. Where Did Our Love Go (Gluebound)
9. Go Buddy Go (Jesus Jones)
10. It Started with a Kiss (Kenickie/Errol Brown)
11. Duchess (My Life Story)

1. Starman (Octopus)
2. Why Should I Love You? (Mike Scott)
3. When You Were Here (Sparklehorse/Thom Yorke)
4. You're My Best Friend (Supernaturals)
5. Forever & Ever (TerrorVision)
6. Ziggy Stardust (White Buffalo)
7. Rhinestone Cowboy (Whitetown)
8. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Robbie Williams)
9. See Emily Play (Wireless)
10. Martha My Dear (World Party)
11. Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Murray Lachlan Young)

Release Date: 3/26/98
Notes: 2 disc compilation of covers

*Godzilla--The Album
1. Heroes (The Wallflowers)
2. Come with Me (Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page)
3. Deeper Underground (Jamiroquai)
4. No Shelter (Rage Against the Machine)
5. Air (Ben Folds Five)
6. Running Knees (Days of the New)
7. Macy Day Parade (Michael Penn)
8. Walk the Sky (Fuel)
9. A320 (Foo Fighters)
10. Brain Stew (Green Day (The Godzilla Remix))
11. Untitled (Silverchair)
12. Out There (Fuzzbubble)
13. Undercover (Joey DeLuxe)
14. Opening Titles
15. Looking for Clues

Release Date: 5/19/98

*The X-Files: The Album
1. One (Filter)
2. Flower Man (Tonic)
3. Walking After You (Foo Fighters)
4. Beacon Light (Ween)
5. Invisible Sun (Sting and Aswad)
6. Deuce (The Cardigans)
7. One More Murder (Better Than Ezra)
8. More Than This (The Cure)
9. Hunter (Bjork)
10. 16 Horses (Soul Coughing)
11. Crystal Ship (X)
12. Black (Sarah McLachlan)
13. Teotihuacan (Noel Gallagher)
14. The X-Files Theme (The Dust Brothers)

Release Date: 6/2/98
Note: Walking After You is a different version than the one that appears on "The Colour and the Shape."

*Varsity Blues (Soundtrack)
1. Fly (Loudmouth)
2. Nice Guys Finish Last (Green Day)
3. My Hero (Foo Fighters)
4. Run (Collective Soul)
5. Are You Ready For The Fallout? (Fastball)
6. Horror Show (Third Eye Blind)
7. Every Little Thing Counts (Janus Stark)
8. Hot For Teacher (Van Halen)
9. Ship Jumper (Simon Says)
10. Kick Out The Jams (Monster Magnet)
11. Black Eye (Black Lab)
12. Two Faces (Days Of The New)
13. Thunderstruck (Sprung Monkey)
14. Teen Competition (Redd Kross)
15. Varsity Blues (Caroline's Spine)

Release Date: 1/12/99
Notes: My Hero is the same version that appears on The Colour and the Shape

*Mission Impossible 2 Soundtrack
1. Take A Look Around (Limp Bizkit)
2. I Disappear (Metallica)
3. Scum Of The Earth (Rob Zombie)
4. They Came In (Butthole Surfers)
5. Rocket Science (The Pimps)
6. Have A Cigar (Foo Fighters with Brian May)
7. Mission 2000 (Chris Cornell)
8. Going Down (Godsmack)
9. What U Lookin' At? (Uncle Kracker)
10. Backwards (Apartment 26)
11. Karma (Diffuser)
12. Alone (Buckcherry)
13. Immune (Tinfed)
14. My Kinda Scene (Powderfinger)
15. Carnival (Tori Amos)
16. Nyah (Hans Zimmer)

Release Date: May 9, 2000

*Me, Myself and Irene Soundtrack
1. Breakout (Foo Fighters)
2. Do It Again (Smash Mouth)
3. Deep Inside Of You (Third Eye Blind)
4. Totalimmortal (The Offspring)
5. The World Ain't Slowin' Down (Ellis Paul)
6. Any Major Dude Will Tell You (Wilco)
7. Only A Fool Would Say That (Ivy)
8. Can't Find The Time To Tell You (Hootie and the Blowfish)
9. Bodhisattva (Brian Setzer Orchestra)
10. Bad Sneakers (The Push Stars)
11. Reelin' In The Years (Marvelous 3)
12. Strange Condition (Pete Yorn)
13. Barrytown (Ben Folds Five)
14. Razor Boy (Billy Goodrum)
15. Where He Can Hide (Tom Wolfe)

Release Date: June 13, 2000

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