Oh boy! This will be quite interesting. Why? Simply because there is a point where Foghat really did it right. And while I’m afraid everyone will go for the hit, which was Fool For The City, I believe Foghat’s best lies elsewhere.
When the band emerged from the shadows of Savoy Brown, where all but Rod Price gave so much of themselves, they launched their own career with the release of their Bearsville classic, the self-titled Foghat. That album gave a lot of fans of Savoy Brown immense joy that not only had they not lost the talented guys from Savoy Brown, they regained them in a an extraordinary way.
But, when Rock and Roll, their second album with the cover shot of a rock and a roll to ambiguously name the album, played, I was hooked in a big way. Followed up by Energized, Rock and Roll Outlaws, and Fool For The City, Foghat claimed a headlining status that lasted for a while before their slide downward.
I couldn’t hang too well with the ’80s version of the band. I bought the albums but just couldn’t get onto them. Soon, their demise left us with an empty spot in our collective hearts.
In 1994, the original line up of Dave Peverett, Rod Price, Roger Earl, and Tone Stevens, reunited to record an extraordinary comeback album that equals some of their best music. Return Of The Boogie Men is a powerhouse of an album. They toured that set (I saw them frequently. Not only at their peak, but also on the Return Of The Boogie Men support tour).
I don’t know how many of you are Foghat fans. Perhaps none of you. Maybe ALL of you. And I don’t know which album of theirs did it for you. Again, I’m afraid it will be a lot of Fool For The City (a good call to be sure). Not knocking the album. I love it. But I’m curious of your choices.
For me, it is Rock and Roll. Energized comes in second, followed by the first one. I then go with Return Of The Boogie Men, then Rock and Roll Outlaws, Fool For The City, Stone Blue. Then onward, not so much.
What about you? (and if you did’n know that Return Of The Boogie Men was an option, then I highly recommend it to you.