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The Colour and the Shape
Studio album by Foo Fighters
Released 20 May, 1997
Recorded 1996 1997 November - February at Bear Creek Studios, Woodinville, Washington, WGNS Studios, Washington, DC Grandmaster Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock, grunge
Length 46:47
Label Roswell/Capitol
Producer Gil Norton
Foo Fighters chronology
Foo Fighters


The Colour and the Shape


There is Nothing Left to Lose


Singles from The Colour and the Shape
  1. "Monkey Wrench"
    Released: April 28, 1997
  2. "Everlong"
    Released: August 18, 1997
  3. "My Hero"
    Released: January 19, 1998
  4. "Walking After You"
    Released: August 17, 1998

The Colour and the Shape was the debut of the Foo Fighters as a band, as frontman Dave Grohl had recorded all of the first album by himself with the exception of one guitar part by Greg Dulli. The Colour and the Shape was produced by Gil Norton, who was perhaps best known for his work with the Pixies. It was loosely conceived by Grohl as a concept album which documented the beginning and end of a romantic relationship. Over the course of the making of the album, Grohl's own marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood ultimately ended in divorce.

After six weeks of work at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington, the band took two weeks off from recording. Grohl returned to Virginia and wrote several new songs, recording one of them, "Walking After You", by himself at WGNS Studios in Washington, DC. The band (minus drummer William Goldsmith) relocated to Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, California, and re-recorded most of the album with Grohl performing the drum tracks.

Even though the Foo Fighters are an American band, the word 'Colour' in the album title is always spelled with the British spelling. This was a nod to producer Norton, who is British. To commemorate the album's tenth anniversary, it was re-released on July 10, 2007, and included six previously released B-sides, consisting of "Dear Lover", "The Colour and the Shape", and four covers, including "Baker Street".

The song "My Poor Brain" used to be called "Chicken Derby".

Track list[]

  1. Doll
  2. Monkey Wrench
  3. Hey, Johnny Park!
  4. My Poor Brain
  5. Wind Up
  6. Up in Arms
  7. My Hero
  8. See You
  9. Enough Space
  10. February Stars
  11. Everlong
  12. Walking After You
  13. New Way Home



Foo Fighters, The Colour and The Shape, There is Nothing Left to Lose, One By One, In Your Honor, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, Wasting Light, Sonic Highways, Concrete and Gold