Foghat were formed in 1971 when three members of the British blues-rock band Savoy Brown, guitarist/vocalist "Lonesome" Dave Peverett, bassist Tony Stevens and drummer Roger Earl, decided it was time to strike out on their own. They added guitarist Rod Price and signed a record contract with Bearsville Records before they even chose their band name. On the eve of the completion of the band's first album, they still hadn't decided on a name. Finally, Foghat, a nonsense word that Dave Peverett had made when playing scrabble as a child, was chosen. The band went through much of the early 70's as a support act for bigger acts until in 1975 fortunes began to turn around with the 1975 LP "Fool For the City", which was their first album to go platinum and introduced them to US Top 40 radio. Foghat went on to become of the big stadium bands of the 1970's. The 80's were a weird time for a lot of hard rock acts from the 70's as they struggled with their identity. Foghat were no exception and their 1980 album "Tight Shoes" was recorded with more of a punk /new wave style. Despite the band's success, guitarist Rod Price grew unhappy with the group's constant touring schedule and their shift towards a more new wave and pop and left the band.
By the mid-80's the band eventually fragmented with members forming different bands and drummer Roger Earl keeping the Foghat name alive. His band became known as "Roger Earl's Foghat." In 1990, Dave Peverett reactivated his own version of Foghat known as "Lonesome Dave's Foghat" with all new players including original Wild Cherry guitarist Brian Bassett, former Hall and Oates members, drummer Eddie Zyne and bassist Stephen Dees and later, bassist Riff West, who had played for Molly Hatchet for ten years. Lonesome Dave's Foghat also included some performances by Rod Price. The two versions of Foghat toured separately from 1990 until 1993. In '93. the original Foghat was reformed after Tony Stevens and Rod Price rejoined and things were patched up between Dave Peverett and Roger Earl. Rod Price, Tony Stevens, Roger Earl and Lonesome Dave Peverett, the original founding band members, toured in support of their studio CD, "Return Of The Boogie Men" and a follow-up live CD "Road Cases".
Lonesome Dave Peverett (Lead Vocals and Guitars) died on Feb. 7, 2000 from complications arising from cancer. The band eventually soldiered on adding former Ted Nugent vocalist Charlie Huhn
Legendary guitarist Rod Price, founding member of the blues boogie band Foghat passed away on March 22, 2005 at the age of 57 in Wilton, New Hampshire.
Price sustained a head trauma in an accidental stairway fall precipitated by a massive heart attack.
Foghat (Bearsville) 1972
1. I Just Want To Make Love To You
2. Trouble, Trouble
3. Leavin' Again (Again!)
4. Fool's Hall Of Fame
5. Sarah Lee
6. Highway (Killing Me)
8. A Hole To Hide In
9. Gotta Get To Know You
Before forming Foghat, guitarist/vocalist "Lonesome" Dave Peverett, bassist Tony Stevens and drummer Roger Earl spent several years with the British blues-rock band Savoy Brown. In early 1971, the trio decided it was time to strike out on their own and recruited guitarist Rod Price to form a new group. They signed with Bearsville Records before they even chose their name and recorded and album with producer Todd Rundgren. For whatever reason the pairing didn't work out and the effort was mostly scrapped, although a few of the tracks that Rundgren recorded ended up on the 1972 debut album. This record was finally recorded with producer Dave Edmunds, though the band still had not chosen a name. The name Foghat, a nonsensical word from "Lonesome " Dave Perrett's childhood, was chosen over names like Brandywine and Track & Hootch. Foghat's self-titled debut LP reached #127 on the U.S. album charts and the single "I Just Want To Make Love To You" gaining some radio play.
What Foghat delivered on their self-titled debut was closer to furious guitar based blues rock than the boogie-hard rock and heavy metal of their more popular mid-70's years. However, I find this debut to be endearing, especially the single "I Just Want to Make Love to You", which is basically a cover of an old blues standby. The song that would become popular once again when they recorded it on their magnificent live opus "Foghat Live". The live version reached #33 on the Billboard charts. The album actually included two other covers, including the Chuck Berry standard "Mabelline" and "Leavin' Again (Again)", a song originally recorded by Savoy Brown. Quite frankly, for years I had thought this was a Foghat original. "Sarah Lee" is a particular favorite track of mine with it's earthy guitar tones and Dave's signature vocal stylings. Overall, Foghat's debut iremains one of the strongest albums in their catalog. I actually prefer the warmer sound of my original vinyl copy to the CD
| Foghat - Rock and Roll Outlaws (Bearsville) 1974
1. Eight Days On the Road (6:08)
2. Hate to See You Go (4:39)
3. Dreamer (6:39)
4. Trouble In My Way (3:32)
5. Rock and Roll Outlaw (3:53)
6. Shirley Jean (3:46)
7. Blue Spruce Woman (4:08)
8. Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie (6:17)
"Rock and Roll Outlaws" is the fourth album by Foghat and was released in October 1974 and would be the bands last recording with bassist Tony Stevens until a reunion in 1993. This album is sort of the lost Foghat album as it isn't really a fan favorite and didn't really generate any hit singles. The album is probably the closest thing to a lapse in the classic era of the band, not because it's a bad album, but because it's just one of those forgotten album. It's also the album that I personally am the least familiar with. Growing up a fan of this band in the 70's, it was the one album I never owned on vinyl and didn't finally acquire on CD until several decades later. I'm not sure why either, perhaps it was the lack of hits, or perhaps it was the generic album cover art. Either way, it is the one Foghat album that I missed growing up.
Despite the long absence of "Rock and Roll Outlaws" in my collection, I now realize how good of an album this was. The album is studded with more blues based hard rock and shaded with the what I would describe as the funkier side of the band. There are a few golden rockers such as the album opener "Eight Days on the Road" and "Hate To See You Go". These two tracks are easily on par with any of the band's more well known rockers. Why they didn't receive the attention of songs like "Road Fever" or "Slow Ride" is an enigma. "Trouble In My Way" is straight up acoustic blues complimented with some nice slide guitar.
"Rock an Roll Outlaws" is definitely of the boogie/blues rock camp as opposed to 70'S heavy metal or hard rock. As with most of the 70's Foghat catalog, their albums were loved by fans of rock and roll and detested by critics.
"Lonesome" Dave Peverett
Foghat - Fool for the City (Bearsville) 1975
1. Fool for the City (4:32)
2. My Babe (4:36)
3. Slow Ride (8:13)
4. Terraplane Blues (5:44)
5. Save Your Loving (for Me) (3:31)
6. Drive Me Home (3:54)
7. Take it or Leave It (4:59)
Foghat's biggest selling studio platter is both a band and fan favorite. Back in the time this was released Foghat were being hyped as "boogie metal", whatever that is. What Foghat does deliver is seven tracks of hard driving rock and roll with undeniable hooks. By this point in Foghat's existence the band had become touring machines and their chemistry was certainly apparent. Without a doubt the band had a knack for taking a simple riff and turning into something that would get your feet to tapping and you head to bopping. It was the tapping and bopping that were put neatly into the description of "boogie". The funky bass playing of Nick Jameson probably also added to that label.
The band simply own the Righteous Brothers' "My Babe"! Had I not known better I would have swore it was a Foghat original, and in fact when I was a kid in the 1970's I thought exactly that. Lonesome Dave Perverett's vocals are smooth as melted butter and work perfectly with each and ever song. Of course it helped that the band scored a couple of hits with this album. Both "Slow Ride" and the title track did well on rock radio. Oddly enough, however, a shorted edited version of "Slow Ride" was sent to the radio stations for play, as oppose to the eight plus minute jam included on the album. That shorter version seems to the be the one that shows up on most "best of" compilations. I'm not sure why as this version may very well be the definitive version, though some may argue that the live version on "Foghat Live" is even better. A sharp recording by bassist/producer Nick Jameson as well as the dual rhythm guitars of Peverett and Rod Price give the band an edge that may often had them labeled as heavy metal.
Foghat also always seemed to mix in a heaping helping of the blues on their records. That is also the case with "Fool for the City" with such tracks as "Terraplane Blues", a heavy blues cover of the Robert Johnson classic. Of course it's not just this one track. That signature slide guitar work is spread throughout the album.
Regardless of whether you call it hard rock, blues rock, or boogie metal, there is no denying that "Fool for the City" is one of the defining albums of a generation.
Foghat - Live (Bearsville)
1. "Fool For The City"
2. "Home In My Hand" (4:56)
3. "I Just Want To Make Love To You" (8:36)
4. "Road Fever" (5:29)
5. "Honey Hush" (5:38)
6. "Slow Ride" (8:22)
Lonesome Dave Peverett
Another one of those nostalgia trips for me. Always loved this album. It received
tons of spin time on my turntable when I was in junior high school. When I sold
all my vinyl back in 1989 this album went with it. I always liked the cool die-cut
cover and the way the band shown through the letters. It was quite cool. However,
upon selling my vinyl copy it was over a decade before I finally purchased the
CD version. After securing a copy of "Boogie Motel" in '04, this CD immediately
moved up on my priority list. "Live" is a classic and remains a great listen
almost three decades later. It is one of the great live albums for all time.
The music here is bombastic, super-charged, spirited and pushes these tracks
into far heavier realms than their studio albums ever got. The drawn out version
of "Slow Ride" is an absolute must, as is the energized version of "Honey Hush"
and the extended version of "I Just Want To Make Love To You". ("Honey Hush"
is a reved-up adaptation of "Train Kept A Rollin'.) The album's version of "I
Just Want To Make Love To You" was released as a single and reached #33 in the
U.S. "Foghat Live" went on to earn double platinum status and pushed Foghat
to superstardom, at least for a while.
Foghat - Stone Blue / Boogie
Stone Blue (DISC
1. "Stone Blue" (5:38)
2. "Sweet Home Chicago" (3:59)
3. "Easy Money" (3:55)
4. "Midnight Madness" (6:53)
5. "It Hurts Me Too" (5:32)
6. "High On Love" (5:18)
7. "Chevrolet" (3:21)
8. "Stay With Me" (4:23)
Boogie Motel (DISC
1. "Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed" (3:50)
2. "Third Time Lucky" (4:12)
3. "Comin' Down With Love" (5:23)
4. "Paradise Alley" (5:37)
5. "Boogie Motel" (7:20)
6. "Love In Motion" (4:30)
7. "Nervous Release" (5:53)
When these two albums were
released, Foghat were at the top of their game. They had a few successful hits
under their belt and had just released a very successful live album, cleverly
titled "Live". It was about this time that I discovered that band. I was in
mid-high school when I became a Foghat fan. It was "Live" that won me over.
However, soon after I bought both of these albums and they dominated my turnatable.
The band's mixture of hard rock, blues, groove-based rhythms and 'Lonesome'
Dave Pevertt's soulful vocals were infectious to me at the time.
"Stone Blue" is Foghat
at their prime, although I always felt that they were tryin to recapture the
success of "Slow Ride" on this album. "Stone Blue" paired Foghat with producer
Eddie Kramer, who had previously engineered legendary recordings for Jimi
Hendrix, Kiss and Led
Zeppelin. (The liner notes on this album spell his name Eddie Cramer.) According
to the liner notes the band didn't jive well with Kramer. The band admits that
the tension in the studio helped to give the album an added edge. The title
track indeed became a Top 40 hit for the band. "Stone Blue" also contains a
mean cover of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago".
"Boogie Motel" in particular
has a lot of nostalgic value to me. Even though this album is quite short, there
really isn't a song on it that I don't like. From the humourous "Somebody's
Been Sleeping In My Bed", to the infectious, 7-minute long title track, to the
bluesy, country-rock of "Paradise Alley", to the hard rockin' jam "Nervous Release",
this one rocked my world in 1979. Now almost three decades later, I still enjoy
this disc. Even the comical front and back covers hold some nostalgic value
for me. I can remember staring at that cover at all the action going on in the
cartoonish cover. "Boogie Motel" was the end of an era for Foghat and unfortunately
about the time I got so inthralled by heavy metal that I lost track of the band.
This 2-CD European reissue contains a decent three panel biography, as well
as all the original liner notes and cover art for both albums. "Stone Blue"
and "Boogie Motel" both sold gold.
Foghat - Tight Shoes (Bearsville) 1980
1 Stranger In My Home Town (4:18)
2 Loose Ends (4:37)
3 Full Time Lover (4:28)
4 Baby Can I Change Your Mind (4:56)
1 Too Late The Hero (4:58)
2 Dead End Street (4:54)
3 Be My Woman (5:53)
4 No Hard Feelings (6:13)
As the 1970's came to an end, music magazines were hailing new wave and punk as the saviors of rock and roll, while crusty old hard rock and heavy metal bands were declared dead. "Can Heavy Metal Survive the 70's" was the headline on the front cover of Circus Magazine in 1978. As such bands, record producers and record companies alike were searching to find the sound that was going to keep the crowds coming and keep the money flowing. Even heavy metal bands like Kiss began putting out albums with wimpy productions and more pop-oriented songs. In fact, Kiss even had a hit with a disco song titled "I Was Made for Loving You". Unfortunately Foghat went down similar terrain with "Tight Shoes".
Foghat's final two releases of the 1970s, "Stone Blue" and "Boogie Motel", both saw the declining sales, even though they still sold respectable amounts. However, the band's response was to change their sound instead of sticking to their musical guns. Foghat moved away from the heavy boogie rock and blues and toned down their sound on "Tight Shoes" with simpler, pop arrangements and stripped-down sonics. Some songs, such as "Stranger In My Home Town" and "Baby Can I Change Your Mind" could have actually been kick-butt rockers if not for the studio trickery that robs the songs of their rowdy rock 'n' roll appeal. Overall the whole thing just seems watered-down. The songs lack the power, intensity and charisma that made Foghat a staple in everyone's heavy rock collection in the 70's. (Everyone I knew at least had "Live" and "Fool for the City" in their collections growing up.) That doesn't mean it's a completely terrible album. Much like those late 70's/early 80's Kiss albums, I find "Tight Shoes" to be enjoyable despite it's flaws and hapless grasp at 1980's musical relevance. However, I readily admit that nostalgia plays a big part in my overall enjoyment of this album.
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