Over the weekend, I’ve been watching movies on Netflix, both streamable and DVD. Well just earlier tonight, I just watched the Foo Fighters rockumentary, “Back and Forth”. The Foo Fighters is a band who I admired for years. They maybe mainstream and iconic, but they are one of the only mainstream acts that can make great rock music. They are very talented rock songwriters. Of course, Dave’s songwriting was mostly influenced from Kurt Cobain. In the film, he explained how Kurt was the one that got him into songwriting.
The film started off with Nirvana history. After Kurt committed suicide, Dave explained he wanted nothing to do with music for a while. So he made a demo on a cassette tape with the name Foo Fighters on it. The first album was all Dave. He recorded the album himself and recorded all instruments himself. At first, he didn’t want a big career out of music, but something happened to him that made him want to start a career. So he wanted his second album to be with an actual band. The Foos got bigger and bigger each album, and now they are mainstream stars.
The film spans their entire career, giving behind the scenes insight on the recording of each album which is interesting. Did you know that Dave was almost a full time member of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers? It’s true. Dave came really close to joining the Heartbreakers, but then he had to tell Tom “No,”, Dave wanted to do his own project.
What I liked most about the film is the recording for their new album, “Wasted Light”, which was recorded in Dave’s garage at his home. He wanted the album to be old school. He wanted that album to sound like it was recorded at your home. They recorded it on tape, instead of using Pro Tools. The Foo’s “Wasted Light” album is the best album of 2011. It’s a really incredible album, I couldn’t stop listening to it all year.
The interviews were entertaining but I thought Taylor Hawkins and Dave gave the best interviews out of everyone though. This was a very inspiring film and I think it’s better than “Pearl Jam 20”. Whether you’re a longtime Foo’s fan or never heard of them before, you should watch this anyway. It’ll make you understand the band better. Over the years, the Foos been wrongly criticized by some music fans and critics, and I think this film was used to help defend themselves. They do a good job of it too. Check this film out.
Other movies I watched on Netflix over the weekend, which were John Carpenter’s new horror film, “The Ward”, “Limitless” with Bradley Cooper, and “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” a horror/comedy with Brandon Routh, all 3 streamable. Those three films sucked, I hated all 3 of them, but I finally watched something I liked this weekend which was the Foo Fighters, “Back and Forth” movie, Netflix DVD.
I love Netflix. So many people talk a lot of shit about Netflix and their company lately, but I’ll always support them. They need some help and I’m willing to stick with them, I don’t care what anyone else thinks.