The Only Musician Dave Grohl Hired To Play On Foo Fighters’ Debut Album

Dave Grohl gained great fame and commercial success as Nirvana’s drummer, which was one of the most successful alternative rock bands in the world. Nirvana created and released many iconic songs that hit the charts and sold millions of copies worldwide, but this degree of fame had terrible consequences for the band members, especially their lead vocalist Kurt Cobain who struggled with many problems in his life.

Kurt Cobain was battling severe drug addiction and depression before his death, and although his family, friends, and himself did their best to help him during this process, unfortunately, it didn’t work. Cobain committed suicide by gunshot on April 5, 1994, and left a devastating suicide note after him, which made everyone around him made very sad. His bandmates and friends, Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic decided not to continue in Nirvana without Cobain but still pursued a career in rock music.

Who Was The Musician That Collaborated With Dave Grohl For Foo Fighters’ First Album?

Following Nirvana’s breakup, Dave Grohl wanted to continue his professional music career, so he started his one-person project, Foo Fighters, in 1994. With time, Foo Fighters became a band after the drummer recruited Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith. The band’s current lineup consists of Grohl, Mendel, Pat Smear, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, and Rami Jaffee, but none of them contributed to the first studio album.

Foo Fighters released its self-titled debut studio album on July 4, 1995, and it received very positive reviews from the music critics and Grohl’s fans. The Nirvana drummer’s efforts as the guitarist, drummer, songwriter, vocalist, and producer drew great attention. It proved that Grohl was a multi-talented musician and showed that he could be successful without Nirvana. The album was regarded as his recovery from Cobain’s early and unexpected death.

In Grohl’s words, he said:

“I actually recorded the whole thing in sequence. I was really, really excited to do this. I mean, it was almost like a school project. I was preparing, I had charts.”

In addition, Grohl composed, wrote, and played all the parts of the tracks from the album except for a song, ‘X-Static,’ as he invited a musician to perform with him. The drummer was running from one recording session to another for Foo Fighters’ first album that he was so excited about it, and The Afghan Whigs’ vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Greg Dulli, was there to watch him. However, Grohl had another plan for him.

The Foo Fighters frontman needed another guitar player for ‘X-Static,’ so he asked Dulli to join him while recording ‘Foo Fighters’ at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, Washington. As a result, Dulli became the only musician that Dave Grohl recruited to play additional guitar parts on the album. Therefore, Dulli became the musician who witnessed and contributed to the beginning of a very famous rock band.

You can listen to the song below.