Fool For The City – Foghat | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#45); 1976

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

If Foghat sounds like a funny non-sensical word, that’s because it is. Foghat singer/guitarist “Lonesome” Dave Peverett and his brother came up with the word while playing a scrabble-like game as kids.

It stayed with him and later – after a stint in Savoy Brown – he steered the record label moguls away from calling his latest band Brandywine, suggesting Foghat instead.

Though success completely eluded Foghat in their British homeland, music lovers in the States welcomed their blues-based boogie. From a first concert date in Wisconsin, Foghat undretook years of touring around the country, translating concert applause into five gold and two platinum certified albums.

Lonesome Dave fleshed out the band’s repertoire of classic blues and rock covers with original songs. The formula culminated in their highest charting studio album, Fool For The City, which yielded the signature singles, Slow Ride and the title tune.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Nick Jameson

Lyrics Written by:

  • Nick Jameson
  • Dave Peverett