Drummer Taylor Hawkins didn’t play on his all-time favourite Foo Fighters tune. By the point Hawkins joined the band in 1997, Foo Fighters had already launched two albums and recorded half of one other. Nevertheless, Hawkins had been an enormous fan of Foo Fighters’ music for years. He by no means forgot the primary time he heard the group on the radio.
Within the wake of his demise, it’s arduous to think about Foo Fighters with out Hawkins.
The drummer joined Foo Fighters in 1997
In 1995, Hawkins turned Alanis Morissette’s touring drummer. He backed the singer throughout her 18-month tour supporting Jagged Little Capsule.
“It was a lot enjoyable,” Hawkins informed Kerrang!. “She gave me numerous area to do what I wished. It was most likely the largest album of the 12 months, and there was numerous strain on her. She was having to be taught to be this chief on the job, which isn’t straightforward. Nevertheless it was actually probably the most enjoyable instances of my life.”
Nevertheless, destiny threw a spanner into the combo. Hawkins met Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, and it was life-changing for the pair. Grohl mentioned it was like assembly a long-lost brother.
Hawkins informed NME, “After we met, we simply thought, ‘We’re brothers from one other mom!’ It was instantaneous – a lot in order that Alanis Morrisette simply mentioned, ‘What are you going to do when Dave asks you to be the drummer within the Foo Fighters?’”
Then, instantly in 1997, Foo Fighters’ drummer left. Grohl referred to as Hawkins to see if he knew of any out there drummers, considering that Hawkins didn’t need to go away Morissette. Nevertheless, Hawkins did. He referred to as Grohl and auditioned. After three seconds of taking part in, Grohl knew he wished Hawkins within the band.
When Hawkins joined Foo Fighters, it was intimidating. How do you be the drummer for one of many greatest drummers of the Nineties? Nevertheless, he discovered his place finally.
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Taylor Hawkins didn’t play on his all-time favourite Foo Fighters tune
Talking on Apple Music 1 (per Kerrang!), Hawkins revealed he didn’t play on his all-time favourite Foo Fighters tune. It was the opening monitor on the band’s 1995 self-titled debut, “This Is A Name.”
“I might additionally say the primary time I heard ‘This Is a Name’ was the primary time I heard the Foo Fighters and I wasn’t within the band but,” he defined. “I used to be taking part in with Alanis [Morissette] and we have been all within the van, traversing the Foo Fighters, taking part in all the identical golf equipment as they have been.
“And it was simply humorous, and we simply wore that album out. And ‘This Is a Name’ is perhaps my favorite Foo Fighters tune of all time, too.”
Hawkins additionally revealed that he liked “Aurora,” from 1999’s There Is Nothing Left To Lose.
“I like that aspect of Dave [Grohl],” he mentioned. “I find it irresistible when Dave will get in his nearly yacht rock softness in his voice and he double tracks his voice very nice.
“And that was the primary drum monitor that I ever did for the Foo Fighters that I used to be actually, actually happy with, as a result of I solely performed half the drums on the ‘Nothing Left To Lose’ report, as a result of it was my first time within the studio and I used to be simply… I didn’t know tips on how to report.”
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Hawkins mentioned the worst Foo Fighters tune was a ‘complete cop out’
In the meantime, Hawkins had an issue with one Foo Fighters tune. He thought “The One” was the worst. The band recorded the monitor for the soundtrack of the 2002 comedy movie Orange County.
“I’ve at all times hated this tune,” Hawkins informed Kerrang! (per NME). “I hate the way in which it sounds, the manufacturing of it; it was a complete cop out.
“We have been actually making an attempt to complete [fourth album] ‘One By One.’ I preferred the messed-up ugliness of that report, however we bought requested by Tom Hanks’ son Colin Hanks to do the tune for this film referred to as Orange County. Dave wrote it, I wasn’t loopy about it.
“It was straight-up pop – and there’s nothing incorrect with that – however we have been nonetheless making an attempt to determine tips on how to be the Foo Fighters.”
As Hawkins mentioned, Foo Fighters have been nonetheless making an attempt to determine themselves out within the early 2000s. In 2021, Hawkins informed Rolling Stone that he bugged Grohl and the remainder to follow extra after becoming a member of.
When Foo Fighters recorded “The One,” it additionally hadn’t been lengthy since Hawkins threatened to give up the band after an argument with Grohl. Nevertheless, Foo Fighters discovered their manner. They now have extra Grammy awards than another American band.
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