Released in 1997, The Colour and the Shape marks the official debut of the Foo Fighters as a band. The self-titled debut album was pretty much all Dave Grohl, who in his own right is an extremely gifted musician, songwriter, and film director. (He directed most of the Foo’s videos). After the success of the first album, Dave recruited Pat Smear on guitar, Nate Mendel on bass and William Goldsmith on drums as Dave took over the front man duties and switched to guitar, marking the official debut of the band’s first lineup. With the singles “Monkey Wrench,” “Everlong” and “My Hero” this album became the biggest-selling album for the band and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album in 1998. It sold over 2 million copies after its release and was certified double platinum for the single “Everlong” in 2007.
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