As strange as it may seem now, there was a time when Foo Fighters weren’t a household name. When they weren’t a staple of every rock playlist on the planet. And when Dave Grohl was a drummer with a knack for hooks, not the leading man of American rock and roll.
The release of The Colour And The Shape in May of 1997 changed all that. TCATS was the first Foo Fighters album recorded as a band: bassist Nate Mendel and guitarist Pat Smear had toured with Grohl following the 1995 release of Foo Fighters but hadn’t contributed to the recording of the debut album. Gil Norton (already legendary for his work with the Pixies, among others) elevated the TCATS sessions from the DIY approach of Foo Fighters, and the arrival of drummer Taylor Hawkins following the recording of the album completed the group’s evolution from “project” to “band”. Most important were the songs. “My Hero”, “Monkey Wrench”, “Everlong” – the album sequence reads like a Billboard recurrents chart. It was this parade of hits that put Foo Fighters on the path to becoming the Grammy-winning, festival-headlining, indiscriminate ass-kicking machine that we know today.
On July 10, Foo Fighters celebrate the tenth birthday of this landmark album with the release of a special anniversary edition featuring new liner notes along with previously unreleased extra tracks. Gil Norton took a break from production of the forthcoming new Foo Fighters album (yup, it’s true, more info coming soon) to help supervise the audio remastering of the disc, and the Foos are proud to present this glimpse at their, make that our, rock and roll past.
The complete sequence for the reissue edition is:
2. Monkey Wrench
3. Hey, Johnny Park!
4. My Poor Brain
5. Wind Up
6. Up In Arms
7. My Hero
8. See You
9. Enough Space
10. February Stars
12. Walking After You
13. New Way Home
with bonus tracks:
14. Requiem (Killing Joke cover)
15. Drive Me Wild (single b-side)
16. Down In The Park (Gary Numan cover)
17. Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty cover)
18. Dear Lover (single b-side)
19. The Colour And The Shape (single b-side)
For more information on TC&TS and the upcoming new Foo Fighters album, please contact Steve Martin or Eliot Wadsworth at nasty little man.
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