Monthly Archives: October 2008

Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters is an American alternative rock and post-grunge band formed by singer/guitarist Dave Grohl in 1995. Grohl formed the group as a one-man project after the dissolution of his previous band Nirvana in 1994. Prior to the release of Foo Fighters in 1995, Grohl drafted Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith (drums), and Pat Smear (guitar) to complete the group. Goldsmith and Smear left after the recording of the group’s second album The Colour and the Shape (1997). They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl left prior to the recording of the group’s third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999).

Chris Shiflett joined as the band’s second guitarist after the completion of There is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its fourth album One by One in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and harder-rocking material. Foo Fighters released its sixth album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace in 2007. Over the course of the band’s career, three of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, and all six have been nominated for Grammys.

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Wish You Well – Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK)

Wish You Well – Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK)

Thousand Foot Krutch (shortened as TFK) is a Canadian rock band formed in 1997. The band has released five studio albums, the most recent being The Flame in All of Us (2007).

Lead singer Trevor McNevan and drummer Steve Augustine are also members of their side project band FM Static.

McNevan began the band in Peterborough, Ontario, a city northeast of Toronto, where he went to high school. Joel Bruyere, born in Brantford, Ontario, was McNevan’s childhood friend who had moved away but remained in contact with him. Drummer Steve Augustine is from Hamilton, Ontario.

McNevan is the founding member of TFK (along with original guitarist Dave Smith), formed in 1997 in Peterborough, Ontario. McNevan came up with TFK’s name “symbolizing the point in our lives that we realize we can’t make it on our own strength”. He has written and released 6 TFK albums to date. TFK has worked with producers Aaron Sprinkle (Mae/Anberlin/MxPx), Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace/Billy Talent), Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace/Finger Eleven/Simple Plan), and Ken Andrews (Beck/Chris Cornell/Pete Yorn/Tenacious D) on their last 3 Tooth and Nail-released records.

Far Behind – Candlebox

Far Behind – Candlebox

Candlebox is a band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in November 1990, they originally named the band Uncle Duke; they later changed the name as a tribute to a Midnight Oil song. Candlebox were sometimes looked down upon by grunge fans for their style, which was considered by some to be a more derivative version of true grunge, and their commercial success as a result of it. Despite this, the band played the Seattle club circuit during the early 1990s to many of the same fans who had supported many of the bands that had come immediately before them. The members did not consider Candlebox to be a grunge band however; they viewed themselves as a rock and roll band more than anything and their style reflected that. Nevertheless, Candlebox had sold more than 4 million copies of their self-titled debut which, after many months of gaining momentum peaked at number 7 on Billboard’s album charts. The follow up album, Lucy, was certified gold in 1996. Candlebox was the first successful act on Madonna‘s Maverick Records, which went on to sign Alanis Morissette, Deftones, and The Prodigy.

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

Name – Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls are a rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. As of 2007, the band has sold more than 9 million records in the US alone.

The Goo Goo Dolls initially consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac’s cousin. The three founded the band under the name “Sex Maggots”. However, when a club owner booked the band, he requested they change the name, as the local newspaper could not print their current name. The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll. “We were young and we were a garage band not trying to get a deal. We had a gig that night and needed a name. It’s the best we came up with, and for some reason it stuck. If I had five more minutes, I definitely would have picked a better name”

Shine – Collective Soul

Collective Soul is an American rock band from Stockbridge, Georgia. They enjoyed popularity on alternative rock and mainstream rock radio throughout the mid to late 1990s, recording seven #1 mainstream rock hits. They broke into mainstream popularity with their hit single “Shine” from their debut album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid, released in 1993.

Prior to forming Collective Soul, Ed Roland studied songwriting/composing and guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ed began working at “Real 2 Reel Studios” in Stockbridge during the 1980s and of early 1990s, which was owned by Will Turpin’s father. Ed did production and engineering work for local Atlanta artists. He also recorded his own demos and his independent solo album “Ed-E Roland” in 1991. Ed had been in garage bands and did some performing of his own. He had a pre-Collective Soul band in the late 80’s/early 90’s called “Marching Two-Step” which also included Shane Evans; they were a legitimate band for about 3 years.

Around 1992, Ed started to shift focus and began trying to secure contracts for his songwriting and publishing. However, these early attempts ended in rejection. That would change in 1993 when his song “Shine” from the Rising Storm label release of “Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid” became an underground hit on a College radio station in Orlando. It was around this time that Ed brought along Shane Evans, his brother Dean Roland, Will Turpin and Ross Childress. This would become the official line-up.

Ed Roland was reading Ayn Rand‘s The Fountainhead and come across the phrase “collective soul.” Although author Ayn Rand actually uses the phrase in a negative connotation, using the “collective soul” as a threat to the main character’s sense of individualism, Ed is quick to point out, “…we’re not preaching Ayn Rand, objectivism, egoism, or anything…we just dug the name…” and “it [the band’s name] could’ve come out of a Motorcycle Magazine.

Atlantic Records took note of the popularity of “Shine” and subsequently signed the band.

Collective Soul’s notoriety grew from their hometown of Stockbridge, Georgia into international fame with 1994’s double-platinum Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. The album, a collection of Ed Roland’s early demos, was highlighted by the #1 hit song “Shine“. The band was then invited to perform at the Woodstock 1994 festival.

Deep Enough to Dream – Chris Rice

Deep Enough to Dream – Chris Rice

Chris Rice is an American songwriter who works in the contemporary Christian music, contemporary folk, and adult contemporary genres with a style similar to David Wilcox and James Taylor. He became a recording artist as well in 1996 after signing a contract with Michael W. Smith‘s record label and releasing his debut album, Deep Enough to Dream.

Take a Picture – Filter

Take a Picture – Filter

Filter (commonly typeset as FILTER, to fit their logo) is a rock group formed in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio by Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang.

The song “Take a Picture” is about a dispute on an aircraft, when Richard Patrick drunkenly stripped down to his boxers, alarming the other passengers. Lyrics include: “I don’t believe in…your privacy”; “I feel like a new-born”; and “Awake on my airplane.” “Could you take my picture ’cause I won’t remember?” is a popular Southern phrase and in this case possibly refers to an alcoholic blackout. The lyrics “Hey, Dad, what do you think about your son now?” refers to the theory that Patrick’s father didn’t believe he could make it in the recording business and tried to persuade him to pursue another direction.