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Music's Best and Worst Second Acts

Foo Fighters

While Nirvana was busy shifting the direction of popular music and acting as the reluctant voice of a generation, Dave Grohl was busy behind the scenes writing and recording his own songs under various pseudonyms. Following the suicide of Kurt Cobain in 1994, Grohl recruited Germs guitarist Pat Smear and Sunny Day Real Estate rhythm section William Goldsmith and Nate Mendel and launched what would become one of the great arena rock bands of the 2000s.—Jeff Royer

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