"Slow Ride" is a song by the English rock band Foghat. It was the lead single from their fifth studio album, Fool for the City (1975), released on Bearsville Records. In 2009, it was named the 45th "Best Hard Rock" song of all time by VH1.
|Single by Foghat|
|from the album Fool for the City|
|B-side||"Save Your Loving (For Me)"|
|Recorded||Suntreader Studios, Sharon, Vermont|
|Foghat singles chronology|
|"Slow Ride" on YouTube|
There are five versions of the song. 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.
According to drummer Roger Earl, the song was created during a jam session with then new bassist Nick Jameson.
Nick had a cassette player and he would record whatever we played there. As I recall it, the whole song was written— the middle part and the bass part and the ending were all Nick's ideas. Basically, Nick wrote the song, but we just jammed on it, and Nick cut the stuff up so it made sense as far as the song goes. And then Dave [Peverett, the band's then guitarist and vocalist] said, 'I've got some words.' That's how that came about (laughs).
The song is the band's highest charting Billboard single and remains a staple of classic rock. The song was featured in the movies Dazed and Confused, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, Top Gun: Maverick, Bad Moms, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and Wild Hogs.
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