FOO's Early Drummer Has Bone to Pick With Grohl


Seldom is heard a discouraging word about Dave Grohl, but here are a few: "The greatest Sunny Day Real Estate record ever made remains silenced, abandoned and buried within the murkiest depths of David Grohl's sock drawer." 

The source of them is William Goldsmith, the first drummer Grohl hired for Foo Fighters, who left after finding out that Dave had wiped the drum tracks he'd recorded for the band's second album and replaced them with his own. Grohl claimed he had a certain drum sound in mind for the record, but still wanted Goldsmith to be their live drummer.

Before joining Grohl, Goldsmith had been a bandmate of Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel in Sunny Day Real Estate. They'd broken up right before Grohl put together Foo Fighters, but then reunited about a decade ago -- with Mendel playing with them whenever he was available. After a reunion tour, they went into Grohl's 606 studio to record an album, that, as you might have guessed, never got released.

After reading Goldsmith's full Facebook post, Mendel responded that it hadn't gone down that way. Goldsmith posted again, clarifying that he wasn't implying that Grohl was holding the album hostage, just that it was recorded at his studio and remains there to this day. He blames Grohl's and Mendel's failure to communicate with him for his "coming across as being a bit outraged." (Spin)

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