-- Foghat recently released a new single with quite an interesting back story. The tune, titled "The Word of Rock 'n Roll," features lyrics written by one of the veteran rockers' fans, chosen as part of a contest the band launched last year. The music for the tune, meanwhile, was an instrumental track called "495 Boogie" that appeared on Foghat's last studio album, 2010's Last Train Home.
In a new interview with ABC News Radio, founding Foghat drummer Roger Earl explains that the idea to put words to "495 Boogie" first came from a radio DJ named Charlie Ocean who was a longtime supporter of the band.
"It was called 'Big American Blonde,'" says Earl. "[But] it was a little bit too risque to sort of play on the radio."
After Ocean passed away in 2011, Foghat decided to organize a fan competition in his honor and inspired by his concept.
"We got many, many songs sent in and the standard of songs was fantastic, but the winner ended up being Phil Dessinger, [who] wrote these really cool lyrics," Earl points out. "It's out there now, and it's a lot of fun."
The song currently is available now as a digital download, while a lyrics video featuring photos submitted by fans and live performance footage can be viewed now at Foghat's official YouTube channel. Earl admits, however, that the group hasn't been performing the song out on the road because he doesn't think it sounds right live without the piano part his brother, Colin -- who's not a member of the band -- contributed to the track.
"Unfortunately, my brother…lives in England…so he's not here. So we're not playing it on the road," Earl explains. "We've had a number of fans requesting it. [But] I don't think it'd really work without the piano, but, there again, I'm biased. I love my brother." Music fans may know Colin Earl as a founding member of the group Mungo Jerry, who scored a top five hit in 1970 with "In the Summertime."
Meanwhile, Foghat followers who are anxious to get their hands on a new full-length album by the band may have a bit of a wait.
"We've got three or four new songs pretty much started, and maybe we'll get another album out in a year or two," Roger says with a laugh. "We used to have to put an album out every year, but we can do it at our leisure now."
He adds, "It's all about making music and having fun. I mean, I still enjoy doing that, and I love my job. So, I'm gonna roll 'til I'm old and rock 'til I drop."
Foghat's next concert will take place Wednesday night in Central Point, Oregon, and the band has about a dozen other confirmed gigs on its itinerary. You can check their full tour schedule at Foghat.net.
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