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Foo Fighters share their favourites

Between all four members of the Foo Fighters, they have collectively spent time writing, recording and/or touring with the following artists: Nirvana, Sunny Day Real Estate, Queens Of The Stone Age, No Use For A Name, Cat Power & Alanis Morissette. Needless to say, we had no clue which albums these fellas would recommend. First Grohl clarified that Physical Grafitti is not only the best Led Zeppelin record, but also the "best double album ever made" (apparently he's never heard the Bee Gees' Odessa). After that, here's what Grohl and company had to share;

Ry Cooder
'Paris, Texas: Motion Picture Soundtrack'
Grohl; The most beautiful acoustic album ever made. The only song with vocals has Harry Dean Stanton singing this fucking mariachi song. I discovered that record on a Scream tour in Europe when I was 18 or 19. I just remember driving through Italy in the summer listening to that.

Dead Can Dance
'Into The Labyrinth'
Grohl; The orchestration is interesting and it moves a lot - songs that are layers of instrumentation, then just a piano and a vocal, then just a vocal, and then fucking synthesizers.

The Zombies
'Odyssey and Oracle'
Hawkins; The lost Sgt. Pepper. It was recorded at Abbey Road around the same time but it tanked then a year later 'Time Of The Season' got big in America.
Mendel; Nobody talked about that record forever - I thought I was the only one.

My Morning Jacket
'At Dawn'
Grohl; Their drummer gave me the record when they supported Krist Novoselic's band and I dind't listen to it for weeks. Then this one day my girl and I were fucking scrapping, getting ready to go to a Bar Mitzvah or something, and I put the CD in. I fell so head over heels in love with the record that I geeked out and went to their website.

'24 Hour Revenge Therapy'
Shiflett; They were the Green Days and the Offsprings of that era, but Jawbreaker had a lot more noisy elements like Sonic Youth. It'd be funny if they ever heard the version we recorded of 'Kiss The Bottle'. When push came to shove our version just came out sounding like a pop-punk song.

Hawkins; It's like the Kinks on fucking speed. Live, they're either the best band on the fucking planet or the worst fucking band you've ever seen in your life.
Grohl; Which I think is the sign of a genius fucking band.
Hawkins; Nirvana was that way kinda, huh?
Grohl; Oh, dude. [laughing] You have no idea.

'Reign In Blood'
Grohl; [A mock metal scowl on his face] If you don't have this you're a fucking pussy!

Hawkins; If you're not sure if you're a pussy or a tough guy, get Queen. It's just a raw rock record.

Shiflett; Their last two records had some cool stuff but nothing compared to Summerteeth. Summerteeth is essential because there isn't a bunch of bells and whistles. It's just good pop songs, period.

The B-52s
'The B52s'
Grohl; There are riffs on that album that are fucking heavier than Kill 'Em All. It's fucking tough. The last half of Rock Lobster might be one of the heaviest metal moments of all time.

The Knack
'Get The Knack'
Hawkins; You gotta get the Knack's first record.
Grohl; I was gonna say the Knack, but I was afraid about all that pussy stuff I said.
Hawkins; I'll be a pussy I don't care. I said Queen and the Knack.

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