Foo Fighters Live

Laundry Room Studio (Freak Baby)

Nov 11 1984 • Arlington, VA, United States

Tracks Recorded

  1. No Words
  2. Dead You Fool
  3. C.H.U.D.
  4. Presidential Aids
  5. Outta Town
  6. Different
  7. If You Think It's Right
  8. 20/20 Hindsight

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Band Members

  1. Dave Grohl
    Dave Grohl


  2. Bryant Mason
    Bryant Mason


  3. Chris Page
    Chris Page


  4. Brian Samuels
    Brian Samuels

    Bass Guitar

  5. Dave Smith
    Dave Smith



Tascam 34 ΒΌ Inch 4-Track Reel-to-reel tape machine • Peavey 12-channel Mixing Console


Recording & Engineer: Barrett Jones

Session Information

Dave Grohl was given his first electric guitar, a Silvertone, as a Christmas present in 1981, aged 12. He took just "a couple of lessons" and then proceeded to learn the instrument on his own, listening to his favourite records and working out how to play them.

By the age of 15 he had become proficient enough to play with local cover bands, entering (and losing) several 'battle of the bands' contests.

Unperturbed by the losses he joined his first real band in the summer of 1984. Freak Baby were a teenage punk rock four piece and Grohl met bassist of the band Brian Samuels at a local show. The pair hit it off and Grohl asked if he could join in at a band rehearsal with hopes of being allowed to become a member of Freak Baby.

The jam sessions went well and with the band enjoying their new fuller sound with Grohl as second guitarist, Freak Baby had a fifth member. By late 1984 the band were well rehearsed and with a handful of songs in their repertoire wanted to do what all up and coming bands did, record their first demo.

The teenagers naturally couldn't afford time in a large, professional studio and so instead they booked into the 'Laundry Room Studio' in the City on November 11th, 1984. The studio took it's name from it's literal location - the laundry room in the basement of owner Barrett Jones house. More specifically, his parent's house.

Over the course of just one day Freak Baby put eight of their best songs to 4 track tape and their first demo was complete. Cassettes were quickly dubbed with home-made J-Card inserts and they then managed to convince local independent music store 'Smash' to sell the tapes.

Some of those original tapes are likely to still exist as well as dubbed copies traded among friends but the demo doesn't currently circulate among the public.

The session was recorded onto ¼ inch magnetic tape and the master reels are thought to either be in the possession of a band member or with Barrett Jones, at his current incarnation of the Laundry Room Studio.

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