Dave Grohl remembers calling the ‘wrong Nick’ to helm classic Foo Fighters tracks like “All My Life” and “Times Like These”.
During a recent chat with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe spanning songs across their entire career, Dave and Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins recall the fortiuitous mixup.
Dave Grohl had just played drums on Queens Of The Stone Age’s epic 2002 concept album Songs For The Deaf. He wanted then-QOTSA bassist Nick Oliveri to produce the next Foos record. But when Dave tried to call Nick, he called Sound City Studios assistant Nick Raskulinecz instead!
The “Times Like These” discussion starts around 6:48 below, with the ‘Wrong Nick’ story at 8:15.
To that point, Raskulinecz had been working at Sound City since the mid 90’s; and Dave Grohl documented the legendary history of that studio (and its intersection with Nirvana’s Nevermind) in his Sound City documentary. So it’s not like Dave butt-dialed a complete rando. ‘Wrong Nick’ clearly had the chops for the job after several years at the studio. He produced what became Foo Fighters’ 2002 album One By One, and this happy accident likely helped to jumpstart Raskulinecz’s impressive career as a producer for mostly rock and metal bands such as Deftones, Ghost, and Mastodon.
Here are some standout tracks that ‘Wrong Nick’ helped make possible.
Foo Fighters “Best Of You” from In Your Honor (2005)
Stone Sour “Through Glass” off Come What(ever) May
Deftones “Tempest” off Koi No Yokan (2012)
Ghost “Monstrance Clock” off Infestissumam (2013)
Mastodon “High Road” off Once More ‘Round The Sun (2014)
Code Orange “Underneath” off Underneath (2020)