Low Rider

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This article is about a song by the band War. For the vehicle, see lowrider.
"Low Rider"
Single by War
from the album Why Can't We Be Friends?
Released 1975
Format 7" single
Recorded 1974
Genre Funk, jazz fusion, Latin rock
Label United Artists
Writer(s) War, Jerry Goldstein
Producer(s) Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Howard Scott

"Low Rider" is a song written by the band War and producer Jerry Goldstein, which appeared on their album Why Can't We Be Friends?, released in 1975. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart and peaked at number 7 on the Pop Singles chart.

According to the All Music Guide review of the song, "the lyric takes the cool image of the low rider — the Chicano culture practice of hydraulically hot-rodding classic cars — and using innuendo, extends the image to a lifestyle". The song's most distinguishable feature is its driving bass line, which is present for nearly all of the song. It also ends with a siren-like noise that then becomes a saxophone solo.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists, including the following:


In popular culture[edit]

The song has been featured in fifteen 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, The Internship and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

"Low Rider" is the theme song for George Lopez, Lopez Tonight, and for its titular star's stand up comedy appearances. At the 2007 ALMA Awards, George Lopez called this song, "The Chicano National Anthem", and performed it live.

"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, MLB 08: The Show, Rock Band 3 and George Lopez: Driveway Bowling.

"Low Rider" is featured in the Misfits "Episode Six" of the first series, when Nathan uses it to protect himself from Rachel.

"Low Rider" is featured briefly in a cutaway in the Family Guy spoof of Return of the Jedi called It's A Trap when Peter Griffin as Han Solo pulls up at some traffic lights driving the Millennium Falcon.

"Low Rider" is featured in The Simpsons episode "A Midsummer's Nice Dream" when Homer goes on tour with Cheech.

"Low Rider" is featured in a 2014 advertisement for the drug Crestor.