Foo Fighters, the band fronted by ex drummer from Nirvana, Dave Grohl, is set to release their new album Medicine at Midnight in early 2021. In this diagram we go through some of the group´s influences, as well as some of the artists that they inspired:
Which are Foo Fighters influences?
In this specific infographic we are just going to highlight five musicians and bands that influenced the Foo Fighters:
Dinosaur Jr.: Alonside with other bands like Weezer and The Posies, Dinosaur Jr. was key to the development of nineties power pop and opened the door to the Foo Fighters, in some sort of way. These bands crafted songs with nice hooks, that present clear links with grunge rock but not enough to be categorized as such. The previous development of college rock itself was crucial for the Foo Fighters breakthrough success in the first place, because of it´s energy, it´s pop output and sing along choruses.
Motorhead: Lemmy Kilmister was one of Dave Grohl´s rock idols. Also, he had the good fortune of enlisting this well known bass player and frontman for his heavy metal project Probot. In Lemmy´s funeral Dave Grohl gave a speech were he told exactly how he met him: Grohl casually bumped into him on a bar, playing arcade video games and he just went to say hi to him and tell him he was one of his heroes. Motorhead influences on the Foo Fighters music is mainly related to heavy riffs, frantic tempos and their high gain sound on some tracks like White Limo (from Wasting Light, 2012, with Lemmy on the video).
Hüsker Dü: Dave Grohl has expressed in several ocations his fondness for the hardcore band Hüsker Dü. Specifically he cited them as an influence on the Foo Fighters in terms of song craftmanship and music structure. At the moment of writing songs, the ex Nirvana member says he likes to hear them and get inspiration from their songs.
Queen: Arena rock. Hooky and powerful choruses. The band fronted by the gifted songer Freddie Mercury has been mentioned many times, alongside ABBA and AC/CD, as a big influence on the Foo Fighters. They usually cover many of Queen´s classics on their concerts, just to name a few: Under pressure, Tie your mother down, Love of my life. Also, let´s not forget that Dave Grohl and Foo´s drummer Taylor Hawkins gave the induction speech for Queen´s Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In that opportunity they basically described their idols as a hit song machine.
Sunny Day Real Estate: The band that pioneered Emo, originally from Seattle, performed nostalgic and yet powerful songs. The ovwerwhelming voice of lead singer and guitarist Jeremy Enigk was hard not to recognize. In that sense, Sunny Day Real Estate are an antecedent of the Foo Fighters power on and off melodic music. Also, we must note that both bands have members in common. The Foo Fighters first drummer William Goldsmith and also their steady bassist Nate Mendel were part of Sunny Day Real Estate. Goldsmith parted ways with the Foo´s really early in their career (1997) but Mendel remains in the band since 1995 until present.
Which artists are inspired by Foo Fighters?
Now we are going to mention four bands that are inspired by Foo Fighters in their sound and music:
Paramore:One obvious reference. Paramore has covered My Hero, a Foo Fighter´s classic from their album The Colour and the Shape from 1997. The impact of the Foo Fighters has paved the way for the project fronted by lead singer Hayley Williams, known for their alternative power pop and post grunge tracks.
Ghost: Dave Grohl produced their record If you have Ghost in 2013. Eventhough the leader of the swedish heavy metal band, Tobias Forge, has gone on the record to demystify the story that Grohl´s was once a Nameless Ghoul (that is how Ghost´s members are called in secrecy), he did in fact say that the Foo Fighters acted as their mentors, with the likes of Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Royal Blood: The hard rock and blues duo mentioned that Foo Fighters was one of the bands that they wanted to tour with at the beginning of their career. Bassist and singer Mike Kerr said that Foo Fighters were a big influence on Royal Blood. It is also known that, same as Dave Grohl´s project, they too like to play loud in big stadiums.
Stone Sour: Now we are in the post grunge metal field. According to Stone Sour´s (and Slipknot) frontman Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl is one of his favourite songwriters. Taylor also had the opportunity to collaborate with the Foo´s leader in the band´s second album Come What(ever) May (2006), in studio 606, owned by Grohl. He added that he really digs Foo Fighter´s lyrics.
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