Slow Ride – Foghat

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on January 10th of 1976 Foghat‘s “Slow Ride” becomes the first of their five Billboard chart entries and the only one to crack the Top 20. It was the lead single from their fifth studio album, Fool for the City (1975), released on Bearsville Records. In 2009, it was named the 45th “Best Hard Rock” song of all time by VH1. This song was written by the group’s lead singer, David “Lonesome Dave” Peverett. The album version of this song, which runs 8:14, has become a classic rock staple. While the “slow love” theme is common in R&B music where the tempo is more congruent with the lyrics, this is a rare rock song that pulls off the feat. The famous guitar riffs change speed and climax neat the end, effectively simulating a lovemaking session. Those who are feeling strong can use the album version, but a single cut down to 3:56 with a fade out ending is also available. A ’70s classic, this was used in the movie Dazed and Confused, which was set in that era.  Did you know: Foghat got their name when Peverett came up with the word while playing a Scrabble-like game with his brother. Peverett convinced the band to go with it instead of Brandywine. The song reached the Top 20 on Billboard peaking at #20. It was not released as a single in the UK.