Name = Foghat
Img_size = 250
Landscape = Yes
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1971-present
Blues-rock, Hard rock
Label = Bearsville
URL = [http://www.foghat.net/ www.foghat.net]
Past_members = See: Personnel section
Foghat are a British rock band who had their peak success in the mid- to late-1970s. Their style can be described as "
blues-rock," dominated by electric and electric slide guitar. The band has achieved five gold records. The group remained popular during the disco era, but their popularity waned in the early 1980s.
The band initially featured
Dave Peverett("Lonesome Dave") on guitar and vocal, Tony Stevenson bass, and Roger Earlon drums. After leaving Savoy Brownin December 1970, they added Rod Priceon guitar/slide guitar and formed Foghat in January 1971. Their 1972 album "Foghat" was produced by Dave Edmundsand had a cover of Willie Dixon's " I Just Want to Make Love to You" which received much airplay, especially on FM stations. The band's second self-titled album was also known as "Rock and Roll" for its cover photo of a rock and a bread roll, and it went gold. "Energized" came out in 1974, followed by "Rock and Roll Outlaws" and " Fool for the City" in 1975, the year that Stevens left the band after objecting to their endless touring schedule. Stevens was replaced temporarily by producer Nick Jamesonin 1975 when the band recorded " Fool For The City". In the next year, he was replaced by Craig MacGregor and the group produced "Night Shift" in 1976, a live album in 1977, and "Stone Blue" in 1978, each reaching "gold" record sales. " Fool for the City" spawned the hit single " Slow Ride" (which reached number 20 on the US charts), but the greatest sales figures were for "Foghat Live", which sold over 2,000,000 copies. More hits followed: Drivin' Wheel, I Just Want to Make Love to You (from the live album), Stone Blue and Third Time Lucky (The First Time I Was a Fool). But Rod Price, unhappy with the group's still constant touring and the shift away from their hard boogie sound towards a more New Wave influenced Pop direction, left the band in November 1980. After months of auditions he was replaced by Erik Cartwrightby February 1981.
After 1978, Foghat record sales began to slip, and their last album for the Bearsville label, "Zig-Zag Walk" in 1983, only briefly touched the charts at #192. MacGregor quit in 1982 and Nick Jameson returned to play on "In the Mood For Something Rude" and "Zig Zag Walk" before turning things over to Kenny Aaronson(1983) and then Rob Alter(1983-1984). MacGregor returned in 1984 bringing along multi instrumentalist Jason "Bakko" Bakken.
After Dave Peverett left in 1984 and went back to England, the group disbanded. But Earl, along with MacGregor and Cartwright reformed the group in 1986 with a new singer/guitarist Eric (E.J.) Burgeson and continued touring as Foghat into the early nineties. MacGregor (1986-1987, 1991), Eric's brother Brett Cartwright (1987, 1988-1989, 1992) and Jeff Howell (1987-1988, 1989-1991, 1992) alternated on bass during that time. And Phil Nudelman (1989-1990) and then Billy Davis (1990-1993) took over from Burgeson. Dave Crigger joined on bass in 1992-1993.
Lonesome Dave himself had returned to the U.S. by 1990 and formed his own Lonesome Dave's Foghat that featured Bryan Bassett (ex Wild Cherry), Stephen Dees (bass) and Eddie Zyne (drums). Dees and Zyne had played with
Hall and Oates, among others. Former Molly Hatchetbassist Riff West succeeded Dees in 1991 and Rod Price even did the odd guest appearance.
In 1993, at the urging of producer
Rick Rubin, the original lineup reunited. Though Rubin ultimately proved to be unavailable to produce their comeback project, the group went ahead anyway and released a studio album entitled "Return of the Boogie Men" in 1994 and a live album entitled "Road Cases" in 1998. The final album of the decade, " King Biscuit Flower Hour" from the syndicated radio show of the same name, was released in May 1999, and consisted of live recordings from 1974 and 1976.
After being back together six years, the original lineup once again ended after Price decided to retire from touring for good. Bryan Bassett (who'd been playing with Molly Hatchet in the interim) was brought back on guitar.
The 2000s saw the death of founding members Dave Peverett and
Rod Price. Peverett died on February 7, 2000 from cancer, and Price died on March 22, 2003– the first without the late "Lonesome Dave" Peverett. As of 2005, Tony Stevens has been replaced again by Craig MacGregor. In 2006, a follow up to the best-selling Live album was released - Live II.
*"Foghat" (aka "Rock and Roll", 1973)
Rock & Roll Outlaws" (1974)
Fool for the City" (1975)
*"Night Shift" (1976)
Foghat Live" (1977)
Stone Blue" (1978)
Boogie Motel" (1979)
Tight Shoes" (1980)
Girls to Chat & Boys to Bounce" (1981)
*"In the Mood for Something Rude" (1982)
*"Zig-Zag Walk" (1983)
*"Return of the Boogie Men" (1994)
*"Road Cases" (1998)
*"Family Joules" (2003)
Live II" (2006)
* What a Shame / Hole to Hide In (Jun 72)
* I Just Want To Make Love To You (POP #83) / Hole to Hide In (Sep 72)
* What A Shame (POP #82) / Helping Hand (Apr 73)
* Long Way To Go / Ride, Ride, Ride (Feb 74)
* That'll Be The Day / Wild Cherry (May 74)
* Step Outside / Maybellene (Jul 74)
* Slow Ride (POP #20) / Save Your Lovin' For Me (Dec 75)
* Fool For The City (POP #45) / Take It Or Leave It (Jun 76)
* Drivin' Wheel (POP #34) / Night Shift (Nov 76)
* I'll Be Standing By (POP #67) / Take Me To The River (Mar 77)
* I Just Want To Make Love To You (live) (POP #33) / Fool For The City (live) (Jan 78)
* Stone Blue (POP #36) / Chevrolet (May 78)
* Sweet Home Chicago / High On Love (Sep 78)
* Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was A Fool) (POP #23) / Love In Motion (Nov 79)
* Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was A Fool) / Somebody's Been Sleepin' In My Bed (Mar 80)
* Stranger In My Home Town (POP #81) / Be My Woman (Jul 80)
* Wide Boy / Love Zone (Jul 81)
* Live Now - Pay Later (POP #102) / Love Zone (Aug 81)
* Slipped, Tripped, Fell In Love (ROK #12) / And I Do Just What I Want (Oct 82)
* Seven Day Weekend / That's What Love Can Do (Jul 83)
* In the
documentary film"Spinal Tap Goes to 20", members of the band claimed that the plot and many of the incidents in " This is Spinal Tap" were based on Foghat.
* In the deleted scenes of the "Scrubs" episode "My Way Home", Ted the lawyer explains to J.D that he is changing the name of his band from "The Worthless Peons" to "Foghat" because a Danish metal band was suing them.
* Drummer Roger Earl sported one of the biggest mustaches among rock stars. To the dismay of many fans, he decided to shave it off before many of later reunion concerts.
Carl Brutananadilewski, a character in the TV series " Aqua Teen Hunger Force", expressed in a commercial that he was a fan of Roger Earl, saying "I like the drummer from Foghat. That's my drummer." [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1944722188070238]
* The TV show "Still Standing" has a character that plays in a Foghat tribute band.
* Their song "Slow Ride" was featured in the 1993 American movie "Dazed and Confused". It has also been used in an episode of "
Malcolm in the Middle", an episode of " Seinfeld", an episode of That '70s Showand an episode of " Family Guy", where a scene from Dazed and Confused is mocked when the "evil monkey" rolls and smokes a joint while laying in bed with his headphones on. It was also featured in the TV series "Dexter" in 2006, in the episode "Father Knows Best", when Dexter and friends are cleaning the house he inherited. The song pulls station owner Jimmy James out of a coma in an episode of " NewsRadio". It was featured in the K-DST classic rockradio station of the video game ', and an advertisement for the Honda Odyssey, and also an ad for Carl's Jr. The song was also used in the movie " Wild Hogs", released in 2007. It is also featured in ', and it's considered one of the easiest songs.
* Most if not all tracks from "Foghat Live" are featured as party music in the 1981 action-thriller film "Nighthawks", starring
Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williamsand Lindsay Wagner- though the actual score is by Keith Emerson.
* Roger Earl's brother, Colin, was a founding member of
Mungo Jerry, who had a hit of their own with " In the Summertime".
* In the music video for
Yo La Tengo's "Sugarcube", the members of Yo La Tengo are sent to "The Academy of Rock" by their record company. There, one of the teachers informs them of the "Foghat Rule", which is that any fourth rock album must be double live. It was actually their 7th album that was their first live album.
* In March 2005, a high school student located in
Chula Vista, California, petitioned his school principal to have "Slow Ride" by Foghat played as the school lunch bell. After lengthy battles with the administration, threats of hunger strikes and anarchy, an agreement was reached. On March 18th, Bonita Vista High School played Foghat's "Slow Ride" as their lunch passing period bell. [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/education/20050319-9999-6m19foghat.html]
* In the Fox TV series "
King of the Hill", Bill Dauterivesays, "I made most of my life decisions at a Foghat concert... I stand by them."
* Roger Earl had a famous but brief fling with Swedish actress and
Bond girl Britt Eklund.
Larry the Cable Guy's CD " A Very Larry Christmas", Foghat are mentioned in the track "The Christmas Story". The main character in that track, Bejesus, was special because he was conceived at a Foghat concert in the third row during the song "Slow Ride".
* In the 1996 comedy "Kingpin", Claudia tells Roy Munson, "Your act is about as fresh as a Foghat concert. It really bites, Roy."
*In the "
Simpsons" episode, " Like Father, Like Clown", the radio talk show host interviewing Krusty the Clown's father can be seen wearing a Foghat T-shirt.
* Back in the '70s, when they were popular, fans would commonly be found wearing hats with the word "Fog."
* In the video game "", there is a banner advertising the "Fools for the City", a Foghat tribute band (including former members of Foghat), whom Larry Lovage, the main character refers to as "The best Foghat tribute band in Walnut Log, bar none."
* A song entitled "Wear Your Foghat With Pride" appears on the "
Go Kart Mozart" album " Instant Wigwam and Igloo Mixture".
* The Estate of Lonesome Dave opened a store in late 2007 called 'Loentz's Emporium' as well as a Myspace site called Myspace.com/foghatmusic
* In an episode of the popular TV sitcom
Everybody Loves Raymond, Robert's brother-in-law, Peter, gets upset when his parents decide to kick him out of the house and when he finds out that they are throwing away his music, he says "Mama, what are you doing with my Foghat records?", implying the fact that Peter listens to Foghat.
* In The Beastie Boys video for "Hey Ladies!" MCA (Adam Yauch) inserts a Foghat 8 track cassette into the dash player.
* Foghat is no longer allowed to stay at the Radisson chain of hotels after the band threw a television out of their 8th story window at the Radisson in Toronto.
Notes and references
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accessdate = 2007-02-20
* [http://www.vintagerock.com/rearl_interview.aspx 2007 Roger Earl Interview]
* [http://www.foghat.com/ Official Website of original Foghat]
* [http://www.foghat.net/ Official Website of current Foghat]
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