When Foo Fighters released a debut album written and recorded entirely by leader Dave Grohl -- at that point known only as the powerhouse drummer for Nirvana -- in the summer of 1995, few would have guessed that the group would wind up as the only band to survive the '90s alt-rock explosion unscathed. Once the band's lineup coalesced around the time of its third album in 1999, Foo Fighters' sound also gelled into a recognizable signature built upon the heavy, melodic, loud-quiet-loud template of the Pixies and Nirvana, the modern rock anchored by a love of classic guitar rock. When Wasting Light became their first number one album in America in 2011, it was confirmation that Foo Fighters were survivors who had earned a large audience primarily through hard work. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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