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  1. 1. Background The Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in 1994 in Seattle by the once drummer of Nirvana, Dave Grohl. After Nirvana ended, Dave Grohl set up the Foo Fighters and took the role of lead singer. Other members of the band include Chris Shiflett (lead guitarist), Pat Smear (guitarist), Nate Mendel (bass) and Taylor Hawkins (drummer).
  2. 2. Discography Over the years, the Foo Fighters have released a total of 7 studio albums and, as of this moment, are currently working on their 8th. - The Colour and Shape (1994-1995) - There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1998-2001) - One by One (2001-2004) - In Your Honour (2005-2006) - Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace (2006-2007) - Greatest Hits (2008-2009) - Wasting Light (2010-2012) - Sonic Highways (2013-Present)
  3. 3. Success Over the last 20 years, the Foo Fighters have had great success with the content they have released, being nominated for a total of 85 awards and winning 24, including 11 Grammys. Of these awards, 4 have been for Best Rock Album and 1 for Album of the Year. Singles such as The Pretender, Learn to Fly and Best of You have also had a lot of success, making it into the Top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
  4. 4. Styles and Influences The Foo Fighters have a widely recognised style of music, dipping into Dave Grohls old days of playing Grunge with hit former band, Nirvana. The Foo Fighters also have a performing style that feels quite relaxed and a dont care attitude, an aspect seen regularly in the rock scene. This is shown through their appearance in terms of their casual jeans and t-shirt combo and rugged hair. Dave Grohl has mentioned in many interviews that a lot of his inspiration behind his songs are politically based, allowing the audience to interpret the songs lyrics differently as everyone has
  5. 5. Everlong - Inspiration Dave Grohl has mentioned in interviews that the inspiration behind the song Everlong was the bad habits and drug addiction of former Nirvana member, Kurt Cobain. Grohl has also spoke about how he was at his lowest point when writing this song, taking him only 45mins write. Despite this, the song has had renowned success, making it one of their most famous and influential songs.
  6. 6. Target Audience Males and Females aged 16-30 in the demographic groups D-B In terms of interacting with their target audience, the Foo Fighters have multiple media platforms in which they can share news and promote themselves i.e. twitter, Facebook and their website. Therefore, their target audience will be those who are able to access and use the internet to reach these platforms. Audience would find the Foo Fighters on TV and radio stations such as Kerrang and Planet Rock
  7. 7. Music Videos When it comes to their music videos, the Foo Fighters tend to stick to a certain style and pattern. After looking at a number of different Foo Fighters videos I came to conclusion that they are predominantly narrative/performance based. These narratives also add a certain degree of humour to the videos, reinforcing the laid back/casual style that is often seen with alternative rock. This is clear in the music video Learn To Fly in which the band are dressed as multiple characters. After looking at these videos it is clear that the Foo Fighters image is that they dont take themselves to seriously but are also passionate about their music.