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Time to get dressed

May 1, 2022

At Song Lyric Sunday, the theme Jim shares with us this week, as suggested by Paula Light, is songs that mention Suit, Pants, Dress, Shirt.

My song is Loose Ends by the British rock band Foghat. Or, I suppose since the band goes back to the early 70’s, I should refer to them as the “classic” rock band Foghat. Foghat formed in the early 70’s and put out album after album of blues, boogie, and rock and roll that was like candy to my young ears. This was also a time when album art was something important and their second album is still one of my favorite covers. It had the band’s name in small type way up in the top right corner and taking up the bottom third of the cover was a picture of a rock and a roll side by side.

Loose Ends is a song on the band’s 1980 album, Tight Shoes, and the singer is a hapless fellow who tells us he’s working on, or dreaming of(?), tying up those few loose ends in his life so he can get that woman to love him. One of those loose ends just happens to be owning a suit with sleeves that are too long – although a perfect fit if he had arms like King Kong. Another loose end is the lack of a car with a good 8-track stereo. I’m guessing the humor and significance of that particular loose end is lost on anyone who didn’t drive a car way back when that didn’t have an 8-track stereo.

Even though the song has a disco-y, new wavey, dance club beat introduction and fill, it rolls and rocks with that driving Foghat sound. The only thing missing are the extended guitar solos by the bands two guitar players: “Lonesome” Dave Peverett and Rod “The Magician of Slide” Price. We can thank the classic rock radio format for that.

The band went through numerous line-up changes over the years, and this was the last album to include the band’s original lead guitar player, and slide guitar virtuoso, Rodd Price, until their reunion about a decade later. With the exception of drummer Roger Earl, all of the original members are now gone. But Earl is still on the road with new players keeping Foghat’s slow ride going.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 1, 2022 9:33 am

    They need to get with ZZ Topp and be the sharp dressed man. 😉

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  2. May 1, 2022 10:15 am

    Foghat had some good music Michael, but the only song that sticks with me is Slow Ride, which I guess was their biggest hit.

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