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Your Sister’s (Record) Rack: Foghat

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by 30daysout

Today you can slap on a CD by the likes of Humble Pie, Canned Heat or Savoy Brown and it sounds pretty good. What you’re hearing is what was called “boogie rock” back in the day – basically blues flavored rock done up with a driving backbeat. Here in the States, boogie rock’s best practitioners came from the South: the Allman Brothers, Skynyrd and ZZ Top.

And the Brits were no slouches when it came to boogie. Humble Pie, Savoy Brown and Status Quo top the list here, but today let’s spin Fool For The City, the 1975 boogie rock classic by Foghat.

Foghat was an English quartet led by “Lonesome” Dave Peverett (guitars, vocals) and Roger Earl on drums. Peverett, Earl and bassist Tony Stevens left Savoy Brown in 1971 to form Foghat, adding guitarist Rod Price to complete the lineup. Foghat had a hit with Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You” and became big stars on the touring circuit. Objecting to the relentless road schedule, Stevens quit.

When it came time to record Fool For The City, producer Nick Jameson filled in on bass. Of course, the centerpiece of this monster album is “Slow Ride,” a Peverett composition that goes from zero to 60 in no time at all. This is one of those tunes that makes you want to push the accelerator a little harder when it comes on the car radio. Millions of people apparently agreed at the time – “Slow Ride” was a hit single, peaking on the U.S. charts at No. 20 in 1975.

Now the album version of “Slow Ride” clocks in at over eight minutes but the version most people heard on the radio was an edit which fades out just before the four-minute mark. “Slow Ride” is considered a boogie rock classic, and it’s been heard on many movies and TV shows including Dazed and Confused and the sitcom “That ’70s Show.”

Peverett also penned the title song, which was a followup single that also lives today on FM classic rock radio. “Save Your Loving (For Me)” by Price and Peverett has the classic boogie beat. Jameson and Peverett teamed up for the album closer “Take It Or Leave It,” a pleasant acoustic midtempo rocker that sounds a bit out of place alongside the boogie.

Of the album’s seven songs, two are covers: Robert Johnson’s “Terraplane Blues” and the supercharged “My Babe,” which was actually written and recorded by the Righteous Brothers (Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley). “My Babe” may have been a finger-snapping swinger in its original incarnation, but the boogie rock makeover applied by Foghat is definitive.

Fool For The City was Foghat’s biggest hit until 1977, when the inevitable Foghat Live went double platinum. The band soldiered on in different permutations until 2000, when both Peverett and Price died. A new version of Foghat with drummer Roger Earl has been fitfully playing and recording since then.  Bassist/producer Nick Jameson has made a name for himself as an actor (“The Critic,” “24” and “Lost”) and voice actor (“Star Wars: Clone Wars” as Palpatine).

MP3: “Fool For The City”

MP3: “My Babe”

MP3: “Save Your Loving (For Me)”

The official Foghat website

Runnin’ Out Of Christmas

Posted in Christmas with tags , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by 30daysout

Well, what I really should say is that we are running out of things to say about Christmas.  We already took our potshot at the right-wing TV pundits, and we already did our “tired of Christmas” thing and of course the good ol’ commercialization of Christmas thing.  We can still do the ol’ Peace on Earth thing …

But we’re not running out of Christmas tunes!

MP3: “A Jordan Xmas” by Tracy Morgan

MP3: “Christmas Time Is Here Again” by My Morning Jacket

MP3: “Monster’s Holiday” by Lon Chaney Jr.

MP3: “Santa Claus Blues” by Louis Armstrong

MP3: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Foghat

MP3: “Christmas On The Bayou” by Lonnie Brooks

MP3: “Santa Claus Done Brought Himself To Town” by Justin Wilson

MP3: “You Ain’t Getting S*** For Christmas” by Red Peters (Not Safe For Work!)

MP3: “I’ll Be Your Santa Baby” by Rufus Thomas

MP3: “I’ve Got A Great Big Christmas Tree” by the Werewandas

MP3: “Sleigh Ride” by the Ventures

MP3: “Perfect Gift” by Natalie Hemby

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Wilson Pickett

MP3: “Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag” by Gary Walker & the Boogie Kings

MP3: “Trim Your Tree” by Jimmy Butler

MP3: “Italian Jingle Bells” by Lou Monte

MP3: “Santa’s Gone Surfin'” by the Malibooz

MP3: “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Bob Dylan

Sampler Daze: WB/Reprise Loss Leaders, Part 9

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2009 by 30daysout

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If you’ve been with us this long, you already know the Warner Bros./Reprise Loss Leaders series wasn’t about hit records – although the 1970s entries managed to have one or two hit singles on each sampler.  But with the coming of 1975’s I Didn’t Know They Still Made Records Like This, the label rolled out its big guns.  Of the 26 songs included on this two-LP set, six were bonafide Top 20 hits and a few others were FM radio staples.

And another thing about this one – it was aimed squarely at MOR audiences.  Singer/songwriters abound: James Taylor does his No. 5 “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” which was actually an old Motown song; Arlo Guthrie does the No. 18 hit “City Of New Orleans,” which was actually written by Steve Goodman; Gordon Lightfoot offers the No. 26 “Rainy Day People,” which was actually written by Gordon Lightfoot.  Add to that Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” (No. 11), Seals & Croft’s “I’ll Play For You” (No. 18) and the No. 1 smash “Then Came You,” by Dionne Warwick and the Spinners.  “I Can See Clearly Now,” a hit for reggae artist Johnny Nash, pops up here in a version by country singer Rex Allen Jr., the first appearance, I believe, on the Loss Leaders by an artist out of the Nashville stable.

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Sampler Daze: WB/Reprise Loss Leaders, Part 7

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by 30daysout

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By 1974, radio’s hard rock trend was going strong – Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Humble Pie dominated the FM rock airwaves.  Appropriately titled for the time, Hard Goods arrived in mailboxes with freshly minted rockers like Montrose, covering Roy Brown’s “Good Rocking Tonight” and Foghat, offering its cover of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day.”  Ted Nugent and his Amboy Dukes show up, and the perfect marriage between glam and hard rock emerges in the then-new KISS (Casablanca Records were distributed by Warner Bros. until about 1976).

The Doobie Brothers were still rockin’ behind guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston and they were fresh off their 1973 triumph The Captain and Me.  The Doobies’ new “Pursuit On 53rd Street” had a guitar crunch similar to the monster single “China Grove” but behind the scenes, Johnston’s health was becoming precarious.  He was able to stick with the Doobies through late 1974 even as new personnel were added, most notably ex-Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter.  Finally in early 1975 Johnston had to quit the band, and a replacement was found in another Steely Dan alumnus, Michael McDonald.  The Doobies quickly became McDonald’s franchise, and everyone’s heard the rest of the story – with more than 30 million albums sold, the Doobies are still an active touring band with a rejuvenated Tom Johnston at the helm.

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30 Days Out (From Christmas): Rockin’ Stocking 1970s

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by 30daysout


Day 22– Don’t know about you, but I spent half of the 1970s still in shock from the 1960s.  The one thing you could hold on to was the music – it hadn’t yet gone into the toilet.  Musically, what defined the decade of the 1970s?  Artists who became famous in the previous decade ruled, of course.  Three of the Beatles popped up with holiday songs – one is a classic, one is OK and one is pretty much the worst Christmas single ever, if not one of the worst songs ever committed to vinyl (and CD).  Do I need to point them out for you?  Here’s a clue: two of them are posted here.

In the Seventies there was also black pop, disco and punk.  It was one of those all-inclusive decades.  So why am I so paranoid?  Anyway, today’s post reflects a little of everything, like the 1970s decade its own bad self. 

MP3: “(Gonna Have A) Disco Christmas” by Disco Beat

MP3: “Father Christmas” by the Kinks

MP3: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Foghat

MP3: Drive Safely PSA by George Harrison

MP3: “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” by George Harrison

MP3: “Thank God It’s Christmas” by Queen

MP3: “Christmas Must Be Tonight” by the Band

MP3: “It May Be Winter Outside” by the Love Unlimited Orchestra

MP3: “Step Into Christmas” by Elton John

MP3: “The Little Drummer Boy” by the Salsoul Orchestra

MP3: “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by the Mistletoe Disco Band

MP3: “Silent Night” by the Dickies

MP3: Good For Joey’s Nerves radio spot by the Ramones

MP3: “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight)” by the Ramones

MP3: “Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy” by Bing Crosby & David Bowie

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Keith Richards

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by the Jackson Five

MP3: Peace Message from John and Yoko (1970)

MP3: “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (Demo) by John Lennon