The rock band known as the Foo Fighters got their name from a phrase used by which group?
And the answer: World War II pilots.
The term "foo fighter" was used by aircraft pilots in World War II to describe various unidentified flying objects or UFOs. It was first used in 1944, when pilots flying at night over Germany reported seeing fast-moving glowing objects. Eventually both Allied and Axis pilots around the world reported similar mysterious sightings in the air.
Rising from the ashes of Nirvana, the alternative rock band Foo Fighters formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. The group began as a one-man project for Dave Grohl following the dissolution of his former band, Nirvana. With the exception of a single guitar part on "X-Static" played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, Grohl performed all of the instruments himself on his new record demos. Eventually, Grohl started to gain interest from several record labels, and these recordings were released as the Foo Fighters' self-titled debut in 1995. The alt-rock record reached the top 25 on the Billboard 200 chart, while spawning the singles "I'll Stick Around" and "Big Me."
Grohl hired a full band to support him on the tour for his debut album. On rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Grohl and the newly formed Foo Fighters went on to release their sophomore album, The Color and the Shape, in 1997. With a similar alternative rock sound to their first album, The Color and the Shape won a place in the Billboard Top 10 and a Grammy nomination. This time around, the other band members contributed to the musical sound of the album while Grohl continued to write. With the release of their third album came the group's first Grammy wins, including one for best music video for "Learn to Fly."
Did you know?
The Foo Fighters became friends and collaborators with the remaining members of Queen in the '90s. The two groups performed together several times, and even recorded some tracks!