One Of Rock Albums That Rocked 1975 By Foghat
September 15 the album, “Fool For The City,'” from Foghat will celebrate its 48th anniversary. It’s an album almost every rock and roll-loving teenager wore out. I still have my original copy of the album and also on 8-track. The album traveled with me through six different moves. Two moves were out of state to Ohio and Indiana. Hits like the title track, “Fool For The City,” and “Slow Ride,” made the album go platinum quickly.
The Famous Album Cover
Foghat drummer Roger Earl was immortalized on the cover of the album while fishing. Not just fishing anywhere but in the middle of a New York City street in a manhole cover. 229 East 11th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue) to be exact. For the photo shoot the band almost got in trouble. New York Police officers were cruising by in their patrol car. The band looked at each other and said, oh no looks like we’re in trouble. When the officers rolled down their window and asked jokingly. Do you gentlemen have a fishing license? Drummer Roger Earl said in an interview with theaquarian.com. “So they come over and say laughing, “What the fuck are you doing?” They took some pictures with them handcuffing me. I love New York’s Finest. — Roger Earl
The Album Fool For The City
Track Listing Side One
- Fool For The City
- My Babe
- Slow Ride
- Terraplane Blues
- Save Yout Loving (For Me)
- Drive Me Home
- Take It Or Leave It
The album total was 35 min and 37 seconds long but rocked from start to finish with no filler or ballads to slow it down. The single, “Fool For The City reached #20 on the Pop singles charts. “Slow Ride,” reached That#45. One problem was “Slow Ride” was a long song for a single clocking in at 8:14. So the record company took out their scissors and sliced it down to 3:45 so it would fit on a 45′ record.
Foghat Line-Up In 1975
- Lonesome Dave Peverett – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Roger Earl – drums, percussion
- Nick Jameson – bass guitar, keyboards, guitar, vocals
- Rod “The Bottle” Price – lead and acoustic guitars
In 1975 went on the road on the wave of the new album and even made a stop to warm up Black Oak Arkansas at Cobo Arena on November 14th. Another notable show Foghat warmed up for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band at Chrysler Arena in February of 1976. To date, the album is Platinum with over 1 million albums sold.