Foo Fighters Live

Laundry Room Studio (Dave Grohl)

Jan 3 1992 • Seattle, WA, United States

Tracks Recorded

  1. Rent
  2. Floaty
  3. Alone + Easy Target
  4. Empty Handed

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Band Members

  1. Dave Grohl
    Dave Grohl

    Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals

Session Information

Details of this session are quite sparse. Three tracks were recorded during the day with Grohl on all instruments. The first track was an early version of 'Alone + Easy Target' with a similar structure to later versions but alternative lyrics. Grohl has previously stated that Nirvana would jam on this song in soundchecks of shows in late 1991 so it's possible this was not the first demoed version of the song.

The second track recorded was an early version of the track 'Floaty'. This version of the song was structurally very similar to the later 1994 version but on the circulating recording only harmonic vocals are present on the chorus, suggesting the song wasn't completely finished at this session.

The final track recorded was titled 'Empty Handed', a short, fast punky track that Grohl described as "an experiment in singing, guitar playing and recording." Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2015 Grohl said that many of the songs recording during this era were "an experiment for fun" and as evidenced by the listening session seen during Sonic Highways, he had forgotten about many of them.

"He was putting on songs that I'd recorded, fuck, I don't know, 25, 26 years ago?" Grohl told the magazine. "I had songs I had no recollection of, which is weird. It's almost like seeing a snapshot of yourself, passed-out drunk at a party. You're listening to a song like, 'Oh, my God, what was I thinking?", he added.

The box containing the master reel for the session can be seen on the artwork for the release 'Songs From The Laundry Room' and notes are written on the box that appear to show what is on each of the 8 tracks on the reel. Track 1 is noted as 'B', denoting bass guitar. Tracks 2 and 3 are drums whilst tracks 4 and 5 are noted 'G', guitar tracks. The 6th track is empty, and whilst tracks 7 + 8 are not visible, this suggests vocals were not originally recorded at this session, since it would be logical to add them to the next free track. It's likely therefore that they were added at a later date as was common for Grohl to do during these recording sessions with Barrett.

Session Photos


Available Sources

Soundboard Audio #2

Songs From The Laundry Room (Download)
7:01 min

Mixed by Barrett Jones in 2013

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Soundboard Audio #3

MP4 File (YouTube)
1:30 min

Open mic clip played in an online video

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Soundboard Audio #1

5:13 min

Mixed by Barrett Jones circa 1992

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