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Fool for the City
Fool for the City.jpg
Studio album by
Released15 September 1975
Recorded1974[ citation needed]
StudioSuntreader Studios, Sharon, Vermont
Label Bearsville
Producer Nick Jameson (008)
Foghat chronology
Rock and Roll Outlaws
Fool for the City
Night Shift
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Rolling Stone [2]

Fool for the City is the fifth studio album by English rock band Foghat, released on 15 September 1975. Featuring the band's signature song " Slow Ride", along with the title track, it was the band's first album to go platinum. It was also the first album the band recorded after the departure of original bassist Tony Stevens. Producer Nick Jameson played bass and keyboards on the album, and co-wrote the closing track, "Take It or Leave It", with Dave Peverett. Appearing in the photograph on the back cover of the album, Jameson is not known to have toured with Foghat in support of the album. A new bassist, Craig MacGregor, was recruited shortly after the album's release, but Jameson would continue to produce and record intermittently with the band over the next couple of decades.

The LP was released with two different catalog numbers. The original was released as BR 6959. It was reissued as BRK 6980 in 1978. All issues from 1978–1984 used this catalog number.[ citation needed]

Album cover

The album cover shows drummer Roger Earl sitting alone on a soap box fishing down a manhole near 229 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. [3]

— Roger Earl

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Fool for the City" ( Dave Peverett) – 4:33
  2. "My Babe" ( Bobby Hatfield, Bill Medley) – 4:35
  3. " Slow Ride" (Peverett) – 8:14

Side two

  1. "Terraplane Blues" ( Robert Johnson) – 5:44
  2. "Save Your Loving (For Me)" (Peverett, Rod Price) – 3:31
  3. "Drive Me Home" (Peverett) – 3:54
  4. "Take It or Leave It" (Peverett, Nick Jameson) – 4:49






Chart (1975-1976) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs ( RPM) [5] 85
US Billboard 200 [6] 23

Singles — Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1975 " Slow Ride" Pop Singles 20
1976 "Fool for the City" Pop Singles 45


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States ( RIAA) [7] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Fool for the City - Foghat | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone : Foghat: Fool for the City : Music Reviews". Archived from the original on 12 July 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  3. ^ MacDermott, Chris. "Interview with Roger Earl from Foghat still a Fool for the City". Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Fool for the City - Foghat | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4111b". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 22April 2018.
  6. ^ "Foghat Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Foghat – Fool for the City". Recording Industry Association of America.

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