Foo Fighters Considered Making a 'Crazy, Bleak, Radiohead Record'

Dave Grohl discussed upcoming LP with Billboard.

Foo Fighters Considered Making a 'Crazy, Bleak, Radiohead Record'
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Dave Grohl has discussed Foo Fighters' upcoming album in a new interview, admitting that they considered making a "crazy, bleak Radiohead record."

AsĀ Gigwise notes, next year marks the 20th anniversary of the band, who have released seven albums since forming in 1995, and have sold a combined 11.1 million records.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Foo Fighters will be releasing their own cable docu-series, as well as releasing a new album.

Speaking of the band's new LP to Billboard, Grohl said: "As we were coming down from the success of the last record, I thought, 'Now we have license to get weird.'"

He added: "If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out. Then I thought, 'F- that.'"

Grohl also discussed how instead of just "banging out these big choruses, because that's what we do, we're banging them out in the middle of instrumental sections that will take you by surprise. The music is a progression or an evolution, for sure, but it's a Foo Fighters record."

Foo Fighters' eighth album is scheduled for release this autumn.

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    paulyg
    Only 11.1 million albums sold in their whole career? Thought they would have sold more than that. I mean, that's 11.1 million more than i have ever sold! but geez, that's a low figure for such a huge band i think.
    Mario031
    Jokes aside; Limp Bizkit sold over 40 million so 11 seems like a small number indeed....
    fromzero
    Limp Bizkit was a machine at the right place in the right time. They made a product that no one knew they needed until it existed and were in the center of so much controversy, no such thing as bad publicity. They got very lucky and made highly infectious music. "Break Stuff" captured the essence of teenage angst and with the mix of rap, rock and metal it fit multiple genres at the pinnacle of cd buying, by the age groups that purchased the most records (teenagers). The song was written around 1 f'ing chord to show how easy it was to write a hit single and people ate it up.
    Mario031
    fromzero, I understand. I don't like them but I imagine myself listening to them during their prime just because they were something new.
    seance
    I'm not a Foo Fighters fan, but I suppose the sentiment "quality over quantity" rings true to those who are fans..
    paulyg
    Pretty sure Nirvana 'Nevermind' alone has sold more than 11 million copies!
    Diarm0
    awe, that actually sounds interesting, I loved some of the darker early foo fighters songs like X-static, is there no way we could get a classic fun foo fighters record and a weird dark one!?
    NeilTheDruid
    It kind of surprises me that these guys have "only" sold 11 million records. I mean, it's still loads of records but there have been times where they have felt like the biggest band on the planet.
    iommi600
    Interesting. Pre-Computer or post-Computer Radiohead? Because I can't start describing how much I would laugh if I saw Dave Grohl doing the "Lotus Flower" dance.
    jimmydvn
    foo fighters doing something interesting?! oh.. no.. false alarm.. back to those 'big choruses' guys
    redisni
    why is this being downvoted? It's true
    buddy1991
    Music is subjective. What he said isn't "true." It is an opinion. Your opinion isn't superior to anyone else's. Try to remember that.
    phds
    People are only twisting their panties because he made a clever and honest observation about Foo Fighters which can be taken as an "attack" to UG's favorite band.
    buddy1991
    I guess I didn't realize that music can't have a big chorus and still remain interesting... Oh wait, yes it can. The Ultimate Guitar community is mostly made up of childish music snobs who have to dislike anything that might make it to the radio.
    fromzero
    Look Buddy, if it aint br00tahl, gtfo. It's not snobbery, it's scientific fact. 1+1= be a man.
    insydney
    Oh no, someone doesn't like my favorite band! Better call them childish music snobs. That will definitely teach them to not disagree with me since my taste in music is far superior.
    Mixloopx
    "Your opinion isn't superior to anyone else's. Try to remember that."
    shwilly
    I would love to hear Dave attempt something really different. And I mean Dave the songwriter, not the drummer. We all know how awesome he is as a guest musician on Josh Homme-fronted project and whatnot
    soapalot
    Something in between what they considered and what they went with sounds like an awesome Foo Fighters album to me. In any case I hope there's a lot to devour for the music nerds like me, not just big-chorused pop rock like the last album.
    Alice2Mudgarden
    As soon as a band says, "we're gonna do a radiohead-like album," I know immediately it will not sound like radiohead and it will not sound that great at all. Stop using other bands' styles and try and come up with your own. "bleak and weird" does not equal radiohead. Lame. Richard D. James
    primus182
    Are they kidding ?? they made songs with 5 powercord and they think they can replicate radiohead ??
    N7Crazy
    Why not? Dave Grohl is great songwriter and excellent musician, and as a Radiohead fan myself I would love to hear what Grohl would offer in his interpretation of a "Crazy, bleak, Radiohead record" - The man can a lot more than he lets off, he just does what he enjoys the most, which is straight-forward fun loud rock. That said, it would probably alienate a lot of fans - It would be an extreme turn, and even with Grohl's level I would would not be certain of the quality of the outcome. I would be insanely curious, but doubtfull of how well it would be - Then again, there is a first time for everything, and regardless if Grohl decides to follow this idea later on, or if he just continues to do what he does THE BEST, then there's no reason so far to question his ideas, as Grohl more than often compared to other musicians is pretty aware of what works and what doesn't.
    manualex
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    gbrooks2
    Last chance, Foos... Love Dave, love your singles, but I'm ready for an album that's good start to finish!
    FenderMaster
    Couldn't agree more, they make fantastic singles, but there's so much filler on every Foos record, there's not a one that I can listen all the way through without hitting the track forward button... Even their greatest hits album has filler!
    buddy1991
    If you only like the "hits" then you're clearly not a fan. A CD isn't bad just because you don't enjoy it. Foo Fighter fans obviously love their work. If you don't enjoy their cds, then stop listening to them and go listen to whatever it is that you do enjoy. I'm pretty sure that they don't care that someone who isnt even a fan is giving them one "last chance."
    gbrooks2
    Sorry, forgot this was an opinion-free zone. I like music that doesn't sound like it's been cut an pasted many times before.
    buddy1991
    Opinions are fine. But, please give some examples of bands you enjoy that are so much more superior. I would also like to see where these foo fighter songs were cut and pasted from?
    gbrooks2
    Other Foo Fighters songs? Not here to argue, just please get your head removed from their almighty *******s.
    buddy1991
    I enjoy the Foo Fighters. Its fine that you don't. Just stop being annoying about it.
    Mixloopx
    You're the one being annoying here. You definitely have problems accepting the fact that some people don't like Foo Fighters as much as you do. You went off on that guy for expressing his opinion as if his opinion is invalid because you disagree with it.
    BongHooitz
    I used to be a huge Foo Fighters fan. since the time they released their first album. I've seen em live (great show), I own every album but that Echos one. But I've slowly lost interest in them because nothing fresh and different has been put out lately. I guess you could say the same about AC/DC and how they have never really changed, but The Foos just don't do it for me anymore.. We'll wait and see what their new album sounds like, I guess.
    BradTheBluefish
    Change the tone, not the formula. The big choruses is what got FF this far. As long as the vary from country-like tunes ("Ain't It The Life") to metal ("White Limo"), we should be good.
    chaoticfables
    I would have loved to hear them trying the whole Bends-era sound a whole album full of songs like Walking After You and Everlong would have been really interesting.