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There Is Nothing Left to Lose

There Is Nothing Left to Lose is the third studio album by the Foo Fighters, released November 2 1999. The album marks the first appearance of drummer Taylor Hawkins, and is often seen as a departure from the band's previous work, showcasing a softer, more experimental sound. In a 2006 interview, Dave Grohl states that the album is "totally based on melody" and that it "might be [his] favourite album that [they've] ever done.

Early pressings of the disc included a temporary tattoo, similar to the one featured on the album cover. The album was also re-released in 2001 in Australia as a two-CD edition which offers a second VCD disc of four videos and one bonus track, "Fraternity." This edition has a picture of the Australian swimmer Michael Klim on the front, wearing the temporary tattoo on his shoulder.

The album is widely available as an "Enhanced CD".


Prior to recording, guitarist Franz Stahl left the band, citing "creative differences."

Dave Grohl notes that he had:

been living in Los Angeles for about a year and a half, just being a drunk, getting fucked up every night and doing horrible shit, and I'd finally gotten sick of that. So I bought this great house in Virginia and told everyone I was building a studio in the basement. It was literally a basement with sleeping bags on the walls!

In 2006, Grohl stated that lyically:

"it was all about just settling into the next phase of your life, that place where you can sit back and relax because there had been so much crazy shit in the past three years. At that point it was me and Taylor and Nate and we were best friends. It was one of the most relaxing times of my whole life. All we did was eat chilli, drink beer and whiskey and record whenever we felt like it. When I listen to that record it totally brings me back to that basement. I remember how it smelled and how it was in the Spring so the windows were open and we'd do vocals until you could hear the birds through the microphone. And more than any other record I've ever done, that album does that to me.

Singer/guitarist Dave Grohl has stated before that the band would have "a BBQ every day after recording."

Track listing

All songs written by Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, and Taylor Hawkins.

  1. "Stacked Actors" – 4:17
  2. "Breakout" – 3:21
  3. "Learn to Fly" – 3:58
  4. "Gimme Stitches" – 3:42
  5. "Generator" – 3:48
  6. "Aurora" – 5:50
  7. "Live-In Skin" – 3:53
  8. "Next Year" – 4:37
  9. "Headwires" – 4:38
  10. "Ain't It the Life" – 4:17
  11. "M.I.A." – 4:03

Australian bonus track

  1. "Fraternity" – 3:10



  • Produced by Adam Kasper and Foo Fighters
  • Recorded by Adam Kasper at Studio 606, Virginia
  • Additional Recording at Conway studios, Los Angeles
  • All Songs Mixed by Adam Kasper at Conway Studios (except Learn to Fly, Aurora and Live-In Skin, mixed by Andy Wallace at Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles)
  • Assistant Mixing Engineer at Conway Studios: John Nelson
  • Assistant Mixing Engineer at Larrabee Studios: Tod Reiger
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Studios
  • Art Direction by Henry Marquez and Foo Fighters
  • Photos by Danny Clinch
  • Management: G.A.S Entertainment Co.

Album charts

Year Chart Position
1999 Top Internet Albums No. 2
1999 Top Canadian Albums No. 4
1999 Official Sweden Albums Chart No. 7
1999 Official Norway Albums Chart No. 8
1999 Billboard 200 No. 10
1999 Official UK Albums Chart No. 8
1999 Official New Zealand Albums Chart No. 12
1999 Official German Albums Chart No. 23
1999 Official Finland Albums Chart No. 25
2003 Official Finland Albums Chart (re-entry) No. 1
1999 Official Austrian Albums Chart No. 34
1999 Official Irish Albums Chart No. 49
1999 Official French Albums Chart No. 62
1999 Official Italian Albums Chart No. 67

Charting singles

Year Single Chart Position
1999 "Learn to Fly" Billboard Hot 100 No. 19
1999 "Learn to Fly" Official UK Singles Chart No. 21
1999 "Learn to Fly" Modern Rock Tracks No. 1
1999 "Learn to Fly" Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 2
1999 "Learn to Fly" Adult Top 40 No. 15
1999 "Learn to Fly" Top 40 Mainstream No. 22
1999 "Learn to Fly" Top 40 Tracks No. 22
1999 "Learn To Fly" Official New Zealand Singles Chart No. 23
1999 "Learn to Fly" Official Australian Singles Chart No. 35
1999 "Learn to Fly" Official Sweden Singles Chart No. 52
1999 "Learn to Fly" Official Holland Singles Chart No. 32
1999 "Learn To Fly Euro Hot 100 Singles Chart No. 65
1999 "Generator" Official Australian Singles Chart No. 31
2000 "Stacked Actors" Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 9
2000 "Stacked Actors" Modern Rock Tracks No. 25
2000 "Breakout" Official UK Singles Chart No. 29
2000 "Breakout" Modern Rock Tracks No. 8
2000 "Breakout" Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 11
2000 "Breakout" Official Holland Singles Chart No. 63
2000 "Next Year" Modern Rock Tracks No.17
2000 "Next Year" Official UK Singles Chart No. 42
2000 "Next Year" Adult Top 40 No. 40
2000 "Next Year" Official Holland Singles Chart No. 92


Grammy Awards
Year Winner Category
2000 There Is Nothing Left to Lose Best Rock Album
2001 Learn to Fly Best Short Form Music Video


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