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Foghat: “Fool for the City”
The Hook: Recording out in the country, city boy Dave Peverett was running from wasps and missing the urban jungle.
Album: Fool for the City
Writer: Dave Peverett
Stats: Peaked at number-45 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Background: “Fool for the City” was a moderately successful single for Foghat, but it became a fixture on FM rock radio playlists. In a 1990s interview, Dave Peverett, the band’s late frontman, explained why he wrote it.
In a 1990s interview, Foghat’s late frontman Dave Peverett explains why he wrote “Fool for the City.” OC:…and stuff. :18
“That was actually written while I was recording out in the country in Wales. We were out on a farm and I was born in the city, you know, and I was getting a bit tired of getting chased around by wasps and stuff. So when everybody was writing songs about getting back to the country at that time, I wrote kind of a reversal of that, about getting back to the pollution and the smog and stuff.”