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Foghat was an English rock band that had its greatest success in the mid- to late-1970s. Their music was straight-ahead blues-rock, dominated by electric guitar, and the band achieved five gold records. The group remained popular during the disco era, but after the emergence of punk rock, the band no longer had a substantial audience, and they stopped performing live in 1980 but continued recording for some time after.
The band featured Dave Peverett on guitar and vocal, Tony Stevens on bass, and Roger Earl on drums. They added Rod Price on guitar and formed Foghat upon leaving Savoy Brown in the early 1970s. Their 1972 album Foghat had a hit with a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You". The second album was also called Foghat (known as "rock and roll" for the cover photo of a rock and a roll), and it went gold. Energized came out in 1974, Rock and Roll Outlaws and Fool for the City in 1975, Night Shift in 1976, a live album in 1977, and Stone Blue in 1978, and each reached gold record sales. Fool for the City was possibly the band's high water mark, as it spawned two hit singles, "Fool for the City" and "Slow Ride" (which reached number 20 on the US charts), but the highest sales figures were for Foghat Live, which sold over 2,000,000 copies. After 1978, Foghat record sales were far lower, and their last album, Zig-Zag Walk in 1983, only touched at the charts. The band broke up in 1983, but they have reunited sporadically since and released a studio album entitled Return of the Boogie Men in 1994 and a live album entitled Road Cases in 1998. After the death of founder "Lonesome Dave" Peverett", the band re-formed with two of the founding members (drummer Rogerl Earl, and bass player Tony Stevens) and two new members (Bryan Bassett guitarist from Molly Hatchet, and Charlie Hunh, vocalist from Ted Nugent) and released the studio album Family Joules in 2003 – the first without the late "Lonesome Dave" Peverett.
Founding member Dave Peverett passed away in February of 2000 from cancer. Founding member Rod Price passed away in March of 2005 from an accidental stairway fall.
The band has said (in Spinal Tap Goes to 20, a film documentary on This is Spinal Tap) that the plot, and many of the incidents, in This Is Spinal Tap were taken from their own career. Foghat had a series of bass players who came in and left the band, much like the drummers for Spinal Tap. However, Judas Priest had actually gone through seven drummers, and may have been the basis for Spinal Tap's plot device.
Foghat was a notoriously "anti-disco" band. Starting in the late 1970s, disco was waning in popularity. As an antidote, bands like Foghat and disc jockeys including Steve Dahl were adamant in eliminating the income of people like Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band.
- "Lonesome" Dave Peverett's (founding member and singer) and his brother invented the word in a Scrabble game. Source = Dave Peverett's obituary as printed in several newspapers. []
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