Originally Posted by The Listener
All is cool... but far from any DIY or home recording... don't confuse the rookies.
It is as much DIY as was "Exile on Main Street" or many other famous classic recordings done with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, recording legends like Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, The Who, etc., recording in much more obscure and weird places than garages.
Hey, nothing wrong with Foo Fighters, but I find it silly to call this "garage" recording and ascribing something special to this. This is NOT DIY.
This is just setting up a high end remote studio in your own place. Which has been done before many times. Good for them to re-invent it. Hey, nothing new these days either...
To joke some more - Foo Fighters might record in a garage, but Pink Floyd recorded on a BOAT! How DIY is that!!
edit - but I am sure Kurt would be happy to see them doing that garage tour and returning to roots in a way. I am still sorry that I was too young to catch un-famous Nirvana when they were performing in a local club as still only a "garage band" on DIY tour in Europe. But probably they more or less sucked like most young bands at that stage in development, anyway.
I agree with everything you say, except Nirvana sucking at that age.
If anything they were electric in a way most bands never really get to experience. They were the right combination of a lot of great things.
They ****ing ruled. And that's why they blew up. Not many bands are like that. The Beatles. REM. U2....Led Zepplin.
I much prefer The Ramones and The Pixies...but there was something straight up undeniably great about Nirvana. It was carefee in how it poked holes in things like mortality, American values and modern society.
Now the Foo Fighters...they're just entertainers. Damn good at it. And Dave somehow manages to write a couple fantastic songs for every album of just OK that he makes. But he's not a bad songwriter with that kind of batting average. He's just not what Kurt was.
Also Alan Moulder is the unsung here on Wasting Light. You immediately hear his fingerprints sonically and I think he's the best thing about the album.