Foo Fighters Live

Laundry Room Studio (Dave Grohl)

Oct 1988 • Arlington, VA, United States

Tracks Recorded

  1. Gods Look Down

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Band Members

  1. Dave Grohl
    Dave Grohl

    Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals


Tascam 38 ½ Inch 8 Track Reel-to-reel tape recorder • Carvin MX2488 Mixing Desk


Recording & Engineer: Barrett Jones

Session Information

Throughout 1988 Dave Grohl was touring with Scream across the United States and Europe but in between these tours he would return to Virginia and hang out with friend Barrett Jones, helping him out with his own solo recording projects at his Laundry Room Studio.

In 1988 Barrett relocated the Studio for a fourth time since its inception, based in the basement of a house on Upland Street in Arlington, VA by this point in time. This often led to many bands referring to the studio as the 'Upland Studios' but it was, according to Barrett, always officially still called the 'Laundry Room Studio'.

Grohl helped Barrett on his recordings at the studio sometimes playing guitar or bass on his songs but with his creative input in Scream increasing and eager to write more of his own material he had a brainwave.

"That summer I realized that if I were to write a song, record the drums first, then come back over it with a few guitars, bass, and vocals, I could make it sound like a band. So I came up with a few riffs on the spot and recorded three songs in under 15 minutes" he recalled. "Mind you, these were no epic masterpieces, just a test to see if I could do this sort of thing on my own" he added.

This was the first time Grohl had professionally recorded music as a 'One man band', something he would continue to do for many years after.

"I then started writing more and more stuff, some used in Scream's final tape, some hidden away for later use." Grohl recalled of one such session that took place in October 1988. One of those tracks he recorded was 'Gods Look Down'.

The track would go on to be recorded by Scream at a later date but Barrett claimed the version Grohl recorded on his own during this session was superior, describing it as "incredible". "It is still one of my favourites" he added. "I don't remember exactly what the Scream one sounds like, and of course I am a little biased, but I still like that one better. I listened to it recently and it's very raw - it's the first thing he ever recorded [with me], but it's still great."

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