When a great name is also the name of one of your favourite bands, it's about as big win-win as you can get.
Foo Fighters rose from the ashes of Nirvana after the death of Kurt Cobain. Chief Foo Dave Grohl combined his love of aliens/UFOs, super-catchy pop music, punk and heavy metal to create one of the biggest bands in the world.
The group got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as "foo fighters".
"Around the time that I recorded the first FF tape (that became the first record), I was reading a lot of books on UFO's. Not only is it a fascinating subject, but there's a treasure trove of band names in those UFO books!" Dave Grohl said. Although he played all of the instruments himself on the first album, Dave stated that "I wanted people to think that it was a group, I figured that FOO FIGHTERS might lead people to believe that it was more than just one guy. Silly, huh?
Had I actually considered this to be a career, I probably would have called it something else, because it's the stupidest fucking band name in the world."
Dave Letterman professed his love for them time and time again, culminating in the Foos closing out Dave's final show with his favourite song, Everlong.
And let's not forget Dave's other projects: Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures (with QOTSA's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones), the "PROBOT" heavy metal album he conceived featuring all of his fave metal vocalists, producing country megastars The Zac Brown Band's latest album, and bringing down the house at the Country Music Awards in 2013...
Oh yeah - guesting on Drunk History and being a substitute Chelsea Handler on her 'Chelsea Lately' latenight show. Here's an almost-complete (though somewhat anti-non-metal/rock) list.
But we shouldn't gloss over the fact that the band are some of the nicest guys in music. Almost to the point that the only bad things said about them are that Mr. Grohl is way too overexposed, or that he is sometime a dictator instead of a bandleader (er... why do people thing Springteen is called "The Boss"?)
To sum up, stupid name or not, the Foo Fighters will be in the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame someday, if not first-ballot-worthy in 4 years. And when it happens, the stage won't be big enough for the people wanting to pay tribute.
Speaking of tribute, this one might beat em' all...
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