Our last cut of the week that belongs to 1972 is from Foghat..I’m sure you’ll remember this one! Don’t forget to click in to our Very Special Radio Hour with The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan on Sunday!!
Foghat are a British rock band that had their peak success in the mid- to late-1970s. Their style can be described as “blues-rock,” or boogie-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 Stevens on bass, and Roger Earl on drums. After leaving Savoy Brown in December 1970, they added Rod Price on guitar/slide guitar and formed Foghat in January 1971. Their 1972 album Foghat was produced by Dave Edmunds and 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 Jameson in 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 Cartwright by February 1981.