It’s 2:00 in the morning, and I gotta get this article together; I’ve been sitting here pondering for hours, persistently digging through what are now frazzled brain cells in an effort to come up with a Foghat story that is not only interesting to the readers of Rock Around the World, but which will incorporate some Fogfacts that haven’t already been said. Suddenly it occurs to me that Paul Fishkin (more fondly known by the group as “The Fish”), Bearsville Records and manager Tony Outeda have nurtured a smash hit act which is virtually hookless. In this age. with the thousands of rock bands flapping around in the whirlwind, that in itself is quite an eminent accomplishment. Dedication and persistence have not only augmented Foghat. but have done so with polished integrity. Quite a commendable goal to reach.
Funny thing about goals—how they change and flow with the days’ happenings. Both Lonesome Dave Peverett, guitarist and vocalist, and Roger Earl, the sassy-sort drummer, left the reigns of Savoy Brown in ’72 with the goal in mind to form a new group. Undeniably Savoy was churning out some pretty zingy music, but as the story on the street goes, Earl and Peverett were somehow at the short end of the stick. Once out on their own, that stick was gone. Over there in left field was Rod Price. guitarist from the historical artifact Blackcat Bones, of which Paul Kossoff was also a member. Price plays a real spicy slide guitar on his prided Les Paul. neatly complementing Peverett’s rhythm; the trio combined with bassist Tony Stevens, got it all together. and goal one was accomplished. They decided to call themselves Foghat, a name for which absolutely no one has an explanation. but really, what’s in a name anyhow? Goal number two was to get out there giggirg, and to produce an album.
That Foghat must be lined with satin, as right from that first LP creditability was established, as Dave Edmonds agreed to produce it. Edmonds was already a demi-God in his own right to many English blues fanatics as a result of his glorious works with Love Sculpture, and with his affiliation, Foghat was granted an automatic degree of respectability. Though the first album (simply entitled “Foghat”), did not sell too well at first (it has since been ceritfied gold). the first track of the album. “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” was a hit when released in May of 1972, and the group then hit the road, “commuting to America,” as Lonesome Dave puts it, as the Englishmen were still living in their native homeland at the time. In these early days, Dave was lamely built to be a sort of mystery man. It was not until their latest LP release (the 5th for the group, “Fool For The City”), that his full name even appeared for credit. Lamely I say. as with even this fact in mind, and some investigation, this potential “hook” turned out to be just another dead end alley. The group is frustrating’y gimmickless, and has made it purely on the tradition of English blues without experimentation, but flavored with sonic 1950’s American rock. The result is catchy, predictable and great fun