Feb 12, 2008
A small off-football topic today. I’ve been waxing poetic on the Foo Fighters on these pages (both online and in hard copy) for literally 12 years, and they have finally gotten their just due with some high-profile Grammy nominations (Album of the year) and a Grammy win for Rock album of the year. I’ve never been a fan of the Grammy’s, but it is the highest music honor, so I am still pleased they have recognized the Foo Fighters.
I actually thought their performance on the Grammy’s was kind of weak (for them) for a variety of reasons, so don’t go by that if you’re not familiar with them, but it’s about time the Foo Fighters were recognized as THE BEST rock back of the last decade. It’s been long overdue, since this band has been prolific since 1995 and has constantly churned out quality rock, record after record after record.
Not only that, but I don’t think front-man Dave Grohl gets enough credit in the entertainment world. Groh’s in his late 30s, like me, so he actually remembers what a ‘real’ rock star is. David Lee Roth, for example was a rock star.
Grohl may be the last of a dying breed, the last true rock star. Ultra talented, Grohl can create and play soft and mellow music that would make Art Garfunkel seem edgy, yet he can put out thrashing metal that would make Henry Rollins seem conservative. The band’s videos are also some of the best and most entertaining vids produced in the last 15 years, and Grohl is also an excellent showman, if not the best we’ve seen since DLR.
You’ll find no better example of the band and Grohl’s talent as a singer, songwriter, and music video character than their latest video for ‘Long Road to Ruin.’ The video has been out for a few months, but in case you haven’t seen it, check it out here.