No. 30- The Colour and the Shape

Album: The Colour and the Shape

Artist: Foo Fighters

Year Released: 1997

I really got into this album...
Winter 1999 

Favorite songs include...
Walking After You 
Hey, Johnny Park!   

Why it’s so good... 
This is the soundtrack to my teenage life. It encompasses all the angst, the heartbreak, the energy, and the passion of my teenage self. In any conversation that may get brought up about music that inspired me in my younger years or conversations about the first bands/albums/songs that meant a lot to me- this is always one of the first that I mention. It's just so foundational to my musical journey.

Dave Grohl just understands how to take that hard rock sound that he loves so much and channel it through a pop sensibility. I love a good rock out song that I can sing along to. And this album definitely features some of my favorite drum playing on any record. Not because it's overly complicated, but because it's powerful and it's consistent- all without being distracting from the rest of the song.

I love each song on this album individually (seriously, a couple of them are some of my all-time favorite songs), but they all add up to form one cohesive unit of music. It's without a doubt the most under-appreciated albums of the 90s and probably of all time.


  1. I remember when I bought this album, back in 97 or 98... I listened to it pretty much nonstop. It's definitely not one of my favorites anymore, but when I hear a song on shuffle, I always listen to it, and enjoy it. Monkey Wrench came up the other day, and I was surprised to find out I could still remember the lyrics after not having heard it in probably a decade. I love yelling along with him at the part where he goes, "One last thing before I quit, I never wanted any more than I could fit into my head, I still remember every single word you said and all the sh*t that somehow came along with it. Still there's one thing that comforts me since I was always caged and now I'm free!" (yes, that was from memory.)

    I never get the urge to listen to this album anymore, but it still holds a special place in my heart.

    And I love that riff in "Hey, Johnny Park!"

  2. I've never been a huge Foo Fighters fan, but I think this one would probably be in my top 10 albums of all time. IMO it's about as perfect as a rock album gets. Unfortunately the rest of their records seem to fall short.