This was written in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis, when the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) proclaimed an oil embargo, resulting in gasoline prices rocketing from $3 per barrel to $12. The song parodies Danny & the Juniors' "At The Hop." By employing this nostalgic, 50s-style arrangement, NRBQ hoped to evoke "the good old days," when gasoline prices were much lower!
Despite counting Sir Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Keith Richards among their fans, NRBQ - short for "New Rhythm and Blues Quintet" (later "Quartet") - never achieved mainstream success. Their recording career spanned over 40 years, but "Get That Gasoline Blues" was NRBQ's only song to reach the Billboard Hot 100.
Workshop was NRBQ's third album and the first to feature what many consider to be the "classic quartet" line up: Terry Adams (keyboard), Al Anderson (guitar), Joey Spampinato (bass) and Tom Staley (drums).