Rock and roll has never been known to be the most stable of professions. While it can be fun to work your way to the top, the world of pop is unpredictable and you can find yourself back down to the bottom of the barrel in no time. It may only take a few months for people to forget about you, but it may also take a single project to turn things around.
Because before these albums, these artists were far from their peak. In the last releases before these albums, these bands were either on their last legs or going through some of the toughest parts of their careers. It was definitely considered a crisis period for them, until these albums changed that. Does this mean that all these albums are perfect? No. In fact, there are a lot of albums here that are well below the usual standards these bands were known for.
What gave them the edge was their commitment to the group, each giving their all to the project and no longer trying to make phone calls or rest on their laurels. They had spent enough time in the doldrums, and this was the moment they reminded us why we considered them legends in their prime.
If you were to look at the state of rock in 1994, it would be safe to say that you wouldn’t have heard of any other Nirvana members these days. Kurt Cobain’s death was practically a shroud around the entire alternative scene, and there was no reasonable way for Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl to go on without him. Although Krist found another life in the world of politics, Dave actually managed to get up and start walking again just by doing a few demos in his spare time.
Because the Foo Fighters’ debut album is just that, made up of a bunch of tracks that Dave Grohl was working on to pull him out of his grief and depression. Playing most of the instruments himself, Dave never thought it would be a real band or anything, just recording some of his favorite songs he wrote and even having the chance to become the drummer for Tom Petty at the time. Dave decided to take the gamble with his own band, and that was the skeleton of what he would become.
While the rest of the band is not yet taken into account, the basic sound of the Foos is already there, just with a little grunge touch. Although you can hear memories of the In Utero days on a song like X-Static, the more explosive heaviness like I’ll Stick Around wasn’t as depressing as what had come before. Fans had to start moving on, and this one gave us a sign that rock could still thrive even with the voice of a lost generation.