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|Single by War|
|from the album Why Can't We Be Friends?|
|Genre||Funk, jazz fusion, Latin Rock|
|Label||ABC, United Artists|
|Writer(s)||Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott|
|War singles chronology|
"Low Rider" is a song written by Charles Miller and the band War and appearing on their 1975 album Why Can't We Be Friends?. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts and peaked at number seven on the Pop Singles chart.
According to the Allmusic review of the song, "the lyric takes the cool image of the lowrider — the Chicano culture practice of hydraulically hot-rodding classic cars — and using innuendo, extends the image to a lifestyle." Charles Miller was the single person most responsible for the creating of the classic and still-iconic #1 hit, on which he also sang the lead part. [Citation Needed]
The music video for the song consists of various pimpmobiles on a typical suburban-style street, showing two men each driving a pimpmobile. At one point, an animated version of the face of the album Why Can't We Be Friends? is lip-synching, "Low Rider knows every street, yeah", as well as a man wearing a mask of the album's face. There are also scenes consisting of a driver showing off the album holding it out the window or on the windshield.
The song has been covered by the following artists:
- Willy DeVille
- The Butthole Surfers
- Carlos Santana
- Blues Traveler
- Peter Cetera
- Cypress Hill
- The Fantômas Melvins Big Band
- George Clinton
- Epsilon Minus
- Gary Hoey (this version is played at the start of the Greg and the Morning Buzz radio show each day)
- Andy Offutt Irwin
- Terry Kath
- Kid Frost and Latin Alliance
- Korn on their 1996 album Life Is Peachy
- Look People
- Paul Rodriguez
- Popa Chubby featuring Galea
- Quando Quango
- Son of Dave
- Cedar Walton
- Air Liquide
- Widespread Panic
- Soko & Marina
- Barry White
- Yukon Kornelius
- Warren Hill on his 2005 album PopJazz
- Jazz funk/smooth jazz instrumental group Bona Fide covered the song for their 2001 album The Poe House
- A Spanish version by Mexican group Banda Pachuco was recorded in 1996 for the album with the same name
- The Louisville Leopard Percussionists on their album Live! in a medley with Oye Como Va.
- It is the theme song for the sitcom "George Lopez"
- "Low Rider" was sampled by The Offspring in the remix version of "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)".
- "Low Rider" was sampled by Tito & Tarantula on the track "Bullets From a Gun".
- "Low Rider" was also significantly sampled by The Beastie Boys for their track "Slow Ride" on the 1986 album Licensed to Ill.
- The song "Jorge Regula" by The Moldy Peaches borrowed the main riff from "Low Rider".
- Sublime sampled the song in the bassline of "Foreman Freestyle" on disc 2 of Everything Under the Sun.
- The song "Surfin Buena Park" by The Ziggens borrowed the main riff from "Low Rider".
- The song was covered with the name "Me no fry" for a sunscreen commercial on Australian TV.
- It was featured on the first compilation in the Lowrider Soundtrack series.
- The song has been featured in fourteen movies, including Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke, Colors, A Gnome Named Gnorm, Robots, 21 Grams, Dazed and Confused, Paulie, Beverly Hills Ninja, A Knight's Tale, the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, The Young Poisoner's Handbook, Friday, The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
- The song was featured on the fifth season of Beverly Hills, 90210.
- "Low Rider" is the theme song for George Lopez, Lopez Tonight, and for its titular star's stand up comedy appearances.
- "Low Rider" is featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (playing on Master Sounds 98.3), Skate 2, Skate It, Driver: Parallel Lines and Rock Band 3.
- It can be heard in MLB 08: The Show, a PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 3 game.
- CWF superstar 'The Casino Kid' Vegas Ford used the song as his entrance theme 1996-97.
- Former baseball players Nomar Garciaparra and Mark Loretta would use this song as their entrance music when they came up to bat.
- On That '70s Show, it is considered by Eric to be his and Donna's song, since they heard it on their first date.
- In The Simpsons episode "Little Big Girl," "Low Rider" is played when Bart Simpson flees to North Haverbrook. It appears in the episode "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" while Homer is riding in the van with Cheech from Cheech and Chong.
- In the Family Guy episode "It's a Trap!", the music for "Low Rider" is playing in Peter Griffin's flashback when he's driving the Millennium Falcon and pulls up to a car full of girls.
- Parts of the song have been used in advertisements for Marmite in the United Kingdom and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in Canada.
- Cheech & Chong used it as their entrance music when they guest hosted WWE Raw on March 1, 2010.
- The main melody of the tune is copied virtually note-for-note in the verses for the Thompson Twins 1980s hit "Lies".
- It is featured in the 1991 skateboarding film Video Days.
- It has a small part in the movie Robots, in a scene in the Bigweld car.
- The Israeli police drama Tik Sagur used "Low Rider" as the theme for its opening titles.
- It has twice been parodied in a song titled "Line Rider" with new lyrics about the popular Flash animation game, but in both cases Warner Music Group has had the audio removed from YouTube to enforce its copyright on the original music.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 608.
- Song name: "Mum"
- "Staying Power: Barry White" from Amazon.com
- "Low Rider - Barry White" from Yahoo! Music
- "PopJazz overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Warren Hill Creates New Record Label Called Pop Jazz". SmoothVibes.com.
- "The Poe House overview". Allmusic.com.
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