Foo Fighters To Record In Space

Dave Grohl wants to record the next Foo Fighters album in space - to analog tape, of course. But can it technically happen?

Foo Fighters To Record In Space
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Dave Grohl has hinted at Foo Fighter's ambitious new recording plans - and it sounds out of this world. "We have an idea. It's kind of a really big idea," he told MTV. "[We're going to record it] in space. To tape. An analog moonshot." Grohl and Foo's producer Butch Vig may have underestimated the technical difficulties in recording to analog in tape. We're not experts, but magnetic field craziness might scupper the plan with all that analog tape. Still, that won't stop Grohl and other rock stars having their intergalactic ambitions. Last year, Muse expressed an interest in recording their next video in outer space. "I'm going to try to convince Richard Branson to let us make a music video or record a song up there," said Matt Bellamy in July, referring to Branson's Virgin Galactic, the first commercial space company. "We gave Branson one of our songs for an airline advert, so we've got our foot in the door." Meanwhile, Grohl continues to work on his "Sound City" documentary, and revealed how there might also be an album to accompany the film: "I recorded a lot of songs with a lot of people in the past couple months. There used to be a recording studio called Sound City that was in the San Fernando Valley. Nirvana recorded there in 1991. It was this really beautiful dump in the middle of a warehouse district. A lot of great records were made there. "Fleetwood Mac made records there; Neil Young made records there. Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Dio, Ratt, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Rage Against The Machine did their first record there, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica... Evel Knievel, Charles Manson recorded there, Barry White, Johnny Cash," he continued. "So I interview them to tell the history of the studio, but then I invite them back to record with me, and we make a record."

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    Tonganation
    courageous93 wrote: If Pink Floyd recorded in space, I think existence would explode.
    A concert where they play "Dark Side of the Moon" in its entirety. Concert location: the dark side of the moon!!
    Nickpocalypse
    ryaniomitch wrote: apart from the fact you can't hear sound in space this is a fantastic idea.
    You can't breathe either, but these fantastic magicians known as "astronauts" have been doing that for awhile now.
    TJ1991
    I'm sorry, but "Foo Fighters to record in space," and "Dave Grohl wants to record in space," are two very, very different things.
    MattKempton
    the whole planet is in space. so every album you ever heard was recorded in space
    xplosive59
    Im guessing this would be like the Metalocalypse episode where they record in a nucleur submarine BUT IN SPACE!
    Amuro Jay
    The Gorhl does as The Gorhl pleases. And if The Gorhl wishes to record on tape in space, then The Gorhl will record on tape in space. Long live The Gorhl.
    Darth_Pietrus
    I dont see how recording in space will improve your music, just seems like a waste of money and an excuse to actually go in space.
    danielkeeling
    Well considering "Foo Fighters" was a name given to UFOs many years ago, this seams appropriate
    DisarmGoliath
    ryaniomitch wrote: apart from the fact you can't hear sound in space this is a fantastic idea.
    Outside a spacecraft, that is true, but they're hardly gonna float the band and some mics outside a pressurised air lock. Butch Vig may not be my favourite of producers but I don't think he'd overlook something as obvious as that! Recording to tape in space is a stupid idea and zero-gravity would play havoc with the mechanism that feeds the tape through at a steady speed. It would be doable with a minimal amount of analogue gear but the cost to do so would be ridiculous just to get a load of people previously un-trained at coping with the conditions up there and in orbital space or further for several weeks...
    Noninim
    CronoMagus wrote: Didnt Muse want to do this like over a year ago?
    Y U SO eager to get the first comment? Read the article first!
    minieme007
    Can I just point out that when Muse said they wanted to do something like this, everyone was calling them pretentious wankers, and the now that Dave Grohl wants to, it's suddenly a fantastic idea?
    guitarsolo_17
    rhs5110 wrote: Anyone else getting a little sick of hearing about the foos every damn day
    I've found this really cool trick. If I don't want to hear about a band, I don't click on their article, and the story doesn't show up. It's really neat.
    Slaytan666
    They're not going to record an album, they're preparing the final assault on the foos they've been fighting all these years..
    Eifler121
    courageous93 wrote: If Pink Floyd recorded in space, I think existence would explode.
    Space Divided by Zero
    risk182
    guitarsolo_17 wrote: rhs5110 wrote: Anyone else getting a little sick of hearing about the foos every damn dayI've found this really cool trick. If I don't want to hear about a band, I don't click on their article, and the story doesn't show up. It's really neat.
    I totally agree! Tried using this like a month ago, it changed my life!
    rockxaintxdead
    How about we go Space Truckin' with Deep Purple and UFO space tour? What would Schenker's mustache look like in space? hmmm... lol
    Nitnatsnok
    shreddymcshred wrote: the drummer would have to be strapped down, and weightlessness would be hell for him.
    Or the drums would have to be strapped to him. If I'm a drummer no way I'm gonna be strapped down when I'm in space.
    mustaine42
    rhs5110 wrote: Anyone else getting a little sick of hearing about the foos every damn day
    I am sir.
    SmittyMan90
    TheBoctor wrote: Cynic should record in space.
    Damn i thought the same exact thing when i read this.
    Ultraussie
    How would they record drums in space? And everything else. "Alright Take 1 start recording, whoops, better strap my ampflier down its floating away".
    Salvo416
    Muse had this idea first.. I think the foos are better off in the garage not in space.
    Root Beer
    An I the only one wondering what the hell that would do to guitar tone? Of course, they would be synced to the album track, but if you were to actually PLAY guitar in space, wouldn't that **** with string vibrations?
    nick_b
    Could it possibly be that Dave Grohl is a goofy kind of guy and was taking the piss? Top tip. It is.
    JDZYX
    Maybe they should change their name to the TIE Fighters, amirite?
    Scarface88
    Is this just for the hell of it, or could there be some sort of acoustic benefit? It's be pretty cool if the latter was the case. Actually, either way is pretty awesome.
    rhs5110
    Anyone else getting a little sick of hearing about the foos every damn day
    Doobz__57
    Basti95 wrote: In all seriousness, the Foo Fighters are just not the kind of band that one would picture doing something like that. It's more of a Pink Floyd-type thing, the Foos are just not young and edgy enough.
    But Pink Floyd are young enough to do it instead, are they? -___-
    BradTheBluefish
    I'm still confused. Did Grohl and/or Butch buy the studio? I understand that it's been shut down but who's bought it!
    intothe
    TJ1991 wrote: I'm sorry, but "Foo Fighters to record in space," and "Dave Grohl wants to record in space," are two very, very different things.
    Well, UG going for sensational titles is nothing new.