There Is Nothing Left to Lose

RCA Records Label
Release date
2 Nov 1999
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Stacked Actors 4:16 270,508
2 Breakout 3:20 505,832
3 Learn to Fly 3:55 951,191
4 Gimme Stitches 3:42 224,142
5 Generator 3:47 274,966
6 Aurora 5:49 231,377
7 Live-In Skin 3:52 197,865
8 Next Year 4:36 324,734
9 Headwires 4:37 194,470
10 Ain't It the Life 4:14 203,762
11 M.I.A. 4:03 194,113
12 Fraternity 3:11 20,229

About this album

There Is Nothing Left to Lose is the third album by the Foo Fighters, released in , following the band’s biggest seller The Colour and the Shape. Their first release on the bmg label, the album debuted and peaked at #10 both in the US and UK, and broadened their fanbase further with such hits as Learn to Fly, Stacked Actors, Breakout and Next Year. Many of the songs stray from the band’s first two albums because they have a mildly experimental feel. The album is also more radio-friendly, with less abrasive vocals and less angry and aggressive songs than other Foo Fighters albums.

It was the first album recorded with permanent drummer Taylor Hawkins, and last album to not feature permanent guitarist Chris Shiflett, who replaced former guitarist Franz Stahl. Stahl departed the band just prior to the album’s recording due to creative differences, wanting to play harder edged songs like the previous albums featured. Since There Is Nothing Left to Lose, the Foo Fighters have held up the same line-up of Dave Grohl, Shiflett, Hawkins, and Nate Mendel.

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 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, chosen because he has a Foo Fighters tattoo on his left shoulder, and has also admitted to be a Foo Fighters fan several times.

Singer/guitarist Dave Grohl has stated before that the album was recorded at his home and that the band would have “a BBQ every day after recording.”

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  • Kdo_Kenoute

    In terms of the overall sound and the production of the album it is played relatively safe. However, I think as far as songwriting is concerned it is the strongest Foo Fighters album.

    26 Apr 10:55am Reply
  • RomanPinochet

    Seems like Grohl decided to play it safe. As a result, this is a pretty average album

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • aniston87

    WOW, this album took my breath away.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    One of my favorite albums of all time. The Foos were really inspired then. Just as always.

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • HugoForsaker

    TOP album.

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cobaincocaine

    best album cover

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • kiidvicious

    I have this tattoo! <3

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • transtornado

    the best album of my life..

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • karysmunster


    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • k___B

    How have I neglected this album for so long

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • EricValeev

    Aurora...хээээ оееее)

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • m4xy

    One of most important albums in my life.

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • second-life-syn

    I really like the album. The only thing that bothers me is that from Aurora on he album gets really soft. Even Headwires doesn't bring the starting feeling back. That's a pity. It's only lucky to be still miles away from In Your Honor which is much worse on that account.

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Martinoilchino

    aurora best for ever!!!

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Nai87s

    this album is so good!

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • viva__hate

    the drumming in this album are perfectly insane

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nathaliafdf

    favorite foo album evar. [3]

    20 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Punkyatari

    This is their best album. They were really hitting the mark with these songs ..

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • renandearaujo

    I prefer The colour and the shape and Wasting light, but this album is amazing too *_* so clean and beautiful...

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Bolshevized

    Yeah, last good Foo album, I reckon, and in a way, their best. Not that they haven't had some good individual songs since then, just not albums.

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
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