Slow Ride

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"Slow Ride"
Single by Foghat
from the album Fool for the City
Released December 1975
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 8:14 (LP version)
3:56 (single version)
Label Bearsville
Writer(s) Dave Peverett
Producer(s) Nick Jameson

"Slow Ride" is a song composed by Dave Peverett and recorded by the British rock band Foghat, appearing on their fifth album Fool for the City (1975). True to its title, the ascendancy of Foghat's top single on the Hot 100's top 40 (#40 - #36 - #34 - #32 - #30 - #28 - #27 - #24 - #22 - #20) during the winter of 1976 was indeed a slow ride. It also appears on Foghat Live (1977), which was their best selling album at over two million copies. In 2009, it was named the 45th "Best Hard Rock" song of all time by VH1.[1]

There are 5 versions of this song on the market. The original LP version from Fool For the City lasts 8 minutes and 14 seconds. The single version, found in several compilations was truncated to 3:56 with a fade-out ending. The 1977 live version is 8:21, the King Biscuit Flower Hour Foghat version is 10:37 and the 2007 live version is 9:44.

The song is featured in Richard Linklater's 1993 film Dazed and Confused and appears on the fictional radio station K-DST in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It also appears in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and is the first song in the campaign.[2] Elaine Benes dances to the song in the 1997 Seinfeld episode "The Slicer". Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song as a bonus track for their 2007 video game of the same name. In 2004, the song was used by the fast-food chain Carl's Jr./Hardee's in a commercial starring model Cameron Richardson. It was also used in the Showtime TV series "Dexter", in an episode in the first season, in 2006. Jennifer Carpenter's and Christian Camargo's characters--Debra Morgan and Rudy Cooper--dance to it while at Dexter's deceased biological father's house, helping Dexter prepare the house to sell it.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975-1976) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "spreadit.org music". Retrieved 7 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "/guitar hero 3 setlist revealed". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 

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