Fool for the City is the fifth album released by Englishrock band Foghat, released in 1975. This was their first platinum album and features, along with the title track, their signature song "Slow Ride". This was also the first album the band recorded after the departure of founding member, Tony Stevens, and featured producer Nick Jameson on bass and keyboards, who also co-wrote the album's closing track, "Take It Or Leave It", with Dave Peverett. Although featured in the photograph on the back cover of the album, Jameson is not known to have toured with Foghat in support of the album. Bassist Craig MacGregor was recruited shortly after the albums's release.
The album cover shows drummer Roger Earl sitting alone on a soap box fishing down a manhole in the middle of East 11th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue) in New York City, near the address of Foghat's American office. The back cover features skeptical bystanders observing Earl's unusual activity and the other members of the band either asking him what he is doing or trying to dissuade him from it. In a 2014 interview, Earl explained how the picture was taken:
It was a Sunday morning and I hadn't slept. [...] It was Nick Jameson's idea [...] since I have this penchant for fishing. Anyway, we lift up the manhole cover and I'm sitting on a box. Almost immediately a couple of New York's Finest come by in their patrol car. They're looking at us and they wind the window down. We're like, "Oh shit." They yell out, "Hey! You got a fishing license?" and then start laughing. So they come over and say, "What the fuck are you doing?" They took some pictures with them handcuffing me. I love New York's Finest.