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Written by Foghat lead singer David Peverett, the album version of this song, which runs 8:14, has become a Classic Rock staple. While the "slow love" theme is common in R&B music where the tempo is more congruent with the lyrics, this is a rare Rock song that pulls off the feat. The famous guitar riffs change speed and climax neat the end, effectively simulating a love-making session. Those who are feeling strong can use the album version, but a single cut down to 3:56 with a fade out ending is also available.
A '70s classic, this was used in the movie Dazed and Confused, which was set in that era. The song also appeared on The Simpsons, Seinfeld, That '70s Show and My Name Is Earl.
This song is featured as a playable song in Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock. It is a cover of the 3:56 version, but instead of fading, an original ending was added leaving the singer belting out "SLOW RIDE" and having a bass solo before ending. (thanks, Airk - Skagway, AK)
Did you know: Foghat got their name when Peverett came up with the word while playing a Scrabble-like game with his brother. Peverett convinced the band to go with it instead of Brandywine.
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As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.
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sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."