Ongoing History Daily: The time when the Foo Fighters booked the wrong producer

Back in 2002 when the Foo Fighters were getting ready to record what would become their One By One album, Dave Grohl was jazzed about having Nick Oliveri, the bass player with Queens of the Stone Age, produce the record. So Dave made a call to Nick to make the request—or so he thought.

By accident, he called another Nick—Nick Raskulinecz—and told him to come by the studio to talk. This Nick was an engineer at Sound City, one of the studios both used by the Foos and Nirvana. And when this Nick showed up for the meeting, everyone was more than a little confused. But in the end, Nick Raskuliencz got the gig—which turned out to be his big break.

As a result of that misplaced phone call, he’s very, very much in demand as a producer. Weird how things can happen, innit?

Going back to Friday’s post, you can read about a new movie based on a Smiths legend.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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