Label: Roswell Records - 88697 09183 2,RCA - 88697 09183 2,Legacy - 88697 09183 2 • Format: CD Album, Remastered Digipack • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock
It marked the official debut of the Foo Fighters as a band, as their eponymous debut album was primarily recorded by frontman Dave Grohl and producer Barrett Jones as a demo. Saigo No Rakuen - Various - Island Music the debut became an international success, Grohl recruited guitarist Pat Smearbassist Nate Mendeland drummer William Goldsmith to form the band's full lineup.
The group convened in the fall of for pre-production on Volo Vivace - Tuxedomoon - MP3 Collection second album, and brought in Gil Norton as producer to establish a pop sensibility for the tracks. The band strived to create a full-fledged rock record, contrary to music press predictions that it would be another grunge offshoot.
Primarily inspired by Grohl's divorce from photographer Jennifer Youngblood inThe Colour and the Shape is more lyrically introspective and musically developed than D&D - Various - Punk Wheels Foo Fighters' debut.
The album's track listing was designed to resemble a therapy session, splitting the album between uptempo tracks and ballads to reflect conflicting emotions. Early sessions at the Bear Creek studio in Washington went poorly and the band discarded most of those recordings. The band regrouped without Goldsmith in early to record at Hollywood's Grandmaster Recordings studio, with Grohl sitting in on drums instead.
Goldsmith was offended and disgruntled that most of his material had been re-recorded, and he left the band shortly thereafter. The singles " Monkey Wrench ", " Everlong ", and " My Hero " peaked within the top ten of US rock radio charts, and the album charted at number ten on the Billboard The album was also a commercial success on an international level, peaking at number three in the United Kingdom. Critics deemed the album a significant American rock release of its era, and in retrospective assessments it continues to be viewed as a seminal modern rock album.
The album was remastered and reissued in with several bonus tracks for its tenth anniversary. The album was the debut of Foo Fighters as a full band. On the first album under the Foo Fighters name, frontman Dave Grohl had performed and recorded all of the parts by himself, with the exception of one guitar part Dear Lover - Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape by Greg Dulli.
The band's original lineup assembled for their exhaustive touring schedule throughout andduring which the band became an international sensation on the strength of singles " This Is a Call ", " I'll Stick Around ", and " Big Me ". Although the music press generally speculated the band's sophomore record would showcase grunge -inspired garage rockthe band's intention was to make a more straightforward rock record.
The band would then jam and each member would contribute to some aspect of the song. Grohl recruited producer Gil Norton to provide additional pop polish to the material. He especially wanted to hear guitar overdubs and harmonies with significant clarity. The Colour and the Shape was recorded over the period of two months, primarily at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood from January to February Grohl, who described the sessions at Bear Creek as a "bad experience," decided to scrap nearly all of the recorded tracks.
In Februarythe band—minus drummer William Goldsmith —relocated to Hollywood's Grandmaster Recorders, which Mendel said was "a small studio that sometimes moonlighted as a porn set, and looked the part.
Grohl's drumming started with only " Monkey Wrench ", as Grohl and Norton felt the drums on that song needed more work, but by the end of the sessions recordings of Goldsmith's drumming remained on only two tracks, "Doll" and "Up in Arms". Goldsmith even asked if he should go to Los Angeles, but Grohl declined and said he was Dear Lover - Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape performing overdubs. Eventually, Mendel told Goldsmith the situation.
Grohl said that he still wanted Goldsmith as a member of the band, despite replacing his tracks, but the disgruntled drummer decided to leave the Foo Fighters instead. After the move to Los Angeles, the album's budget ballooned and deadlines became a more pressing concern.
The album's title came from the band's tour manager of the time, who would often spend afternoons rummaging thrift stores and purchasing strange memorabilia; on one occasion, he purchased a bowling pin with red and white stripes, remarking to the band he rather liked "the colour and the shape" of the object.
Noted as "rawer, noisier and thrashier" than the rest of the songs on the album by Louder Sound ' s Paul Brannigan, it later became a b-side to the album's eventual lead single, "Monkey Wrench". Professional reviewers have characterized the musical genre of The Colour and the Shape as Dear Lover - Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape rock grunge post-grunge and hard rock.
Grohl felt they were representative of the specific emotions he would feel after the divorce. The album's opener, "Doll", involves the fear of entering into situations unprepared. It was a riff that turned into another riff that turned into another riff and ended up being a nice little power punk song.
So I came up with the jangly riff and thought 'Oh my God this is never gonna fly! Everyone's gonna hate it'. But I was really excited the first time I heard it on the radio—it was in the middle of a load of mid-'90s grunge shit and I thought it was so killer.
The lyrics to "Hey, Johnny Park! Johnny Park is the name of Dynaflo - Granelli* - Music Has Its Way With Me of Grohl's childhood friends; he noted, "we were like brothers from the age of 5 to 12" and that he named the song after Park in hopes that he might restore contact with him. Grohl likened the disparity in sounds to changes from Jackson Five to Black Sabbath.
He elaborated, "It drives me insane when I hear musicians that don't understand how fortunate they are that they don't have to go and pump gas for twelve Wrong (Live) - Novastar - The Best Is Yet To Come a day. They can sit on their couch and smoke pot, and complain to their friends that they hate it when someone comes up and says that he likes their band I've had so many fucking bullshit jobs for the half of my life—you know, working in furniture warehouses and planting trees, painting houses—and it's a lot more fun to play music.
Grohl described "Up in Arms" as "A typical love song. It's almost like a Knack song, just a simple pop song. My heroes were ordinary people and the people that I have a lot of respect for are just solid everyday people—people you can rely on. When Grohl entered the studio, he changed Goldsmith's original drum part to resemble Queen 's " Crazy Little Thing Called Love " so the rest of the group would be satisfied with putting it on the record.
Grohl reworked "Everlong" by himself at his home in Virginia. This version appears on the album. The band would later re-record the song with all the members for The X-Files soundtrackand this version was released as a single. The Colour and the Shape was released on May 20,preceded the month before by lead single " Monkey Wrench ". The promotional campaign emphasized the band's group identity as well as each band member's individual personality. It was the most commercially successful single from the record, being certified double platinum in the United States and being one Dear Lover - Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape only three Foo Fighters songs to reach that status.
After playing "Monkey Wrench" during the "pregame show" to the event, Smear announced that it was the final song he would play with the band, introducing Franz Stahl as the band's new guitarist before the band began playing "Everlong" later that evening. All three singles peaked inside the top ten of the Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock charts. Critical response to the record was generally positive. Victoria Segal at the UK-based Melody Maker Wrong Side Of The Bed - Sean Rowe - Magic The Colour and the Shape as a significant American rock release, writing that it was "a great rock album at a time when great rock albums are Dear Lover - Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape with increasing suspicion.
Christina Kelly of Rolling Stone was largely positive, although she singled out Norton's production as distracting: " Colour has a big, radio-ready, modern-rock sound. Some might even call the album overproduced: On the ballads, the vocals are overprocessed and fake sounding. Four years after Schreiber's review, Pitchfork ' s Stuart Berman gave the tenth anniversary re-release a mildly more favorable review.
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