Originally Posted by noisereductions
1992, So in 1992 Dave Grohl released a cassette only album called Pocketwatch under the pseudonym Late! where he played all the instruments. Because this would be the same circumstances under which the first Foo Fighters album was recorded a couple of years later, and because several of these songs have actually made it into the Foo Fighters proper setlists and even re-recorded for official releases, it's often been considered the first Foo Fighters album rather unofficially. It's also no surprise that since it was cassette-only and went out of print within a few years, it was bootlegged heavily on CD and always attributed to the Foo Fighters rather than Late!, and often under alternate titles such as "Pocketwatch Demos" or "Lost Treasures." Anyway, the ten songs sound great even in bootleg form. "Petrol CB" sounds like it could have been a Nirvana song, and "Colour Pictures Of Marigold" eventually was (and later it was released on a live Foo album). "Just Another Story About Skeeter Thompson" was re-recorded and released on the Melvins' King Buzzo album for some reason. "Winnebago" would go on to be a Foo Fighters b-side, while the gorgeous "Friend Of A Friend" would end up on a proper Foo Fighters album many years later. It's a humble collection of early songs, but its legacy is certainly interesting and it's totally worth hearing.
First Foo Fighters album is almost all bangers. I don’t really remember Pocketwatch, but I will never forget self-titled. That actually felt like a fitting and logical thing for a member of Nirvana to release in 1995. It gave me a little hope to hear that shredding sack of sludge. “X-Static” could be on a Nirvana album, easy. “Alone + Easy Target” is a way better masturbation song than “Longview.” “Oh George” sounds like fucking Hüsker Dü at peak Düiness. Basically the whole thing is badass.
Imagine how good they could have been had they not decided to be the alt-rock Van Hagar. Or whatever the fuck they are. The Eagles maybe? Every fucking album sounding like the last, only more watery and “not worth existingy.”