by Emery Columna –
Twenty years ago the first Foo Fighters came out and while I was first starting out with Rock Around The World. My day gig was at a furniture store on Brand Boulevard in Glendale, CA. This was about August or September of 1995.
One day, these groovy teenagers, a boy and a girl, came into the store and asked me for water. So I get them some water and we start talking. I ask them, so what are you diggin’ on for music? That’s when they told me about The Foo Fighters as they bobbed their heads in unison, singing their hearts out to “This Is A Call”. I hadn’t seen such an enthusiastic, physical reaction to a song in quite some time… Not since I worked at The Virgin Megastore.
So we vibed off of each other for a while and then they left the store never to be heard from again. But they were messengers and I took it as a sign that I should check out this band, The Foo Fighters.
So I got a hold of the PR at their label and they got me the press pack. Twenty years ago, you could call up a label and a live person would get you what you needed to cover a band. That ain’t so easy anymore, and in most cases it is not necessary.
What a damn shame. I loved interacting with PR departments at the labels. We were on the same side.
You can get anything you want to know about a band using Google and you can get the music from Spotify and videos from Vevo, etc. There is one PR relationship I have at a label which has lasted 20 years. She is a real PRO and knows how to do it the way it used to be done on the personal level. I treasure that relationship.
Anyway, this EP is kool and has everything I love about The Foo Fighters: Great drumming, thumping bass, and prodigious guitars galore. It is sonic bliss to me. Oh, and Dave’s vocals are friendly to my ears… He’s got this friendly voice. What do you think? I’m sure you’ll agree.
20 years ago I called The Foo Fighters “this year’s Steve Miller Band.” Well it’s 20 years on and The Foo Fighters have far exceeded my expectations. Nicely done!