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YMMV / Foo Fighters

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  • Awesome Music: Everything, really.
  • Broken Base:
    • The group has a significant amount of fans who like their first two albums and don't like the others, who are very much a Vocal Minority. The base is more broken with regards to the group's more recent records, with some saying the likes of "Concrete And Gold" are lazy and a shadow of their former selves, and others saying that the group's softer direction is a sign of maturity.
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    • After the band refused to let their songs be featured on Glee, their fandom experienced mild turmoil over whether or not it was a good thing. Not that it particularly bothered Taylor Hawkins; his response to Glee in general was "Fuck that shit."
  • Ear Worm: Deliberately invoked by "Exhausted", the last track of the debut album. Dave ended the song with a slow fadeout over a repetitive riff intending for the riff to keep going in the listener's head.
  • Epic Riff: The talk box intro of "Generator", "Good Grief", "Everlong", "All My Life", "Stacked Actors", "Hey, Johnny Park!", "Rope", and the ever popular "Best of You".
  • Face of the Band:
    • Dave Grohl. In fact, the first album was made completely by him, with the help of a producer and only the guitar part in "X-Static" played by another musician (Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs).
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    • Dave himself was on the other side of this trope with Nirvana. Nirvana was Cobain. Many people wouldn't even know Dave Grohl was part of it.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Their native US has Nirvana's shadow hanging over the band much thicker than elsewhere in the world. Whilst they sell many records and play arenas in the US, their popularity there is nothing compared to that in the UK, where in recent years they have sold out massive outdoor shows in minutes, months in advance. By Dave's own admission, the UK treats them like they are "the biggest band in the world", and while he can walk around cities like Los Angeles largely unrecognized, he gets mobbed on the streets in the UK.
    • In the "There Is Nothing Left To Lose" period, they were more popular in Australia than anywhere else. They cemented this popularity when they toured there and performed at Big Day Out, and even released a special edition with a popular Australian swimmer on the cover and including an extra track, "Fraternity".
    • Literally with 'Wheels'. Dave has mentioned on several occasions that apparently Germany is the only country where they can play the song with the crowd singing along. Most American crowds tend to be bored and most Asian crowds aren't bothered with it.
    • They also have a huge following in Italy, so much so that one thousand musicians (calling themselves the Rockin' 1000) got together in a group to play "Learn to Fly", all in order to invite the Foo Fighters to hold a concert there. The Foo Fighters did go and perform there along with several of the participants after seeing the result.
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  • Growing the Beard: Many fans consider the 3rd album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, as the band's best.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Never Live It Down: William Goldsmith, largely due to his inability to accept his drumming wasn't right for the group and tendency to blame Dave Grohl. In fairness, Grohl gave him the opportunity to do plenty of takes to get it right.
    • A very Vocal Minority will never forget the fact the Foo Fighters were in supporter for the "AIDS isn't a real disease" movement, despite the band long moved on from it (it only ended among the causes they supported due to Nate Mendel) and has not shown support for it in years.
  • Signature Song: "My Hero". There's a reason it's used in a hundred movies, TV shows and commercials. "Everlong", "Learn to Fly", "Best of You", and "The Pretender" come close.
  • Song Association: "Everlong" is a great song, but some us who have played Rock Band 2 may be sick of it, and think about how much we have played it.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • "Walk" has been compared to the 1998 Tal Bachmann song "She's So High".
    • "Wheels" is frequently compared to "Learning to Fly". Not in part because Dave was briefly the drummer for Tom Petty's band.
    • "The Colour And The Shape" sounds like a combination of "Scentless Apprentice" and "Tourette's" by Grohl's former group Nirvana, which is one reason why it did not end up on the album it gave its name to. In addition, the drum intro Grohl plays on "My Hero" is virtually the same as the one he plays on "Scentless Apprentice", although since the song is about Cobain, it is likely an intentional shoutout.
  • Vindicated by History: One By One got poor reviews at the time though has since been regarded as better than it was at the time, partly due to the group's songwriting gradually getting less rock-oriented since.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Wasting Light finished the winning back that Echoes started after One by One and In Your Honor lost some fans.


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