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Low Rider by War

Updated on September 7, 2014

War Low Rider

War was an American funk band from California, who were best known for their hit songs "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?".

The band were formed in 1969. and War was the first and most successful musical crossover, their music fusing elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin music, R&B, and even reggae. The band also crossed racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up.

The band's diverse musical influences and laid back style have helped retain their popularity, leading to sales of over 50 million records to date.

War was originally the brainchild of veteran record producer Jerry Goldstein, (My Boyfriend's Back, Hang on Sloopy and I Want Candy) and rock legend Eric Burdon, ex-lead singer of the top British band of the time, The Animals.

Eric Burdon & War began playing live shows and immediately found themselves in front of sold-out audiences throughout Southern California before entering into the studio to record their debut album Eric Burdon Declares "War". The album's key track, the Latin-flavored Spill the Wine, was an immediate worldwide hit and launched the band's career.

Their career highlight was in 1975 with the release of their album Why Can't We Be Friends?. This album included Low Rider, as well as the title track, both of which were hits.

The only original member in War's current lineup is Lonnie Jordan (keyboards). On Monday 21st April 2008 Eric Burdon & War reunited for the first time in 37 years to perform a one-time-only concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Low Rider was also sampled by The Beastie Boys for their track Slow Rideon the 1986 album Licensed to Ill. It has also been used in 10 movies, including the Cheech and Chong series, Robots, 21 Grams, Dazed and Confused, Paulie, Beverly Hills Ninja, A Knight's Tale, Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Young Poisoner's Handbook and Friday.

Song Lyrics: Low Rider by War

Written by: War from the Album: "Why Can't We Be Friends?" - 1975

All my friends know the low rider
The low rider is a little higher

The low rider drives a little slower
Low rider, is a real goer


Low rider knows every street, yeah
Low rider, is the one to meet, yeah

Low rider don't use no gas now
The low rider don't drive too fast

Take a little trip, take a little trip
Take a little trip and see
Take a little trip, take a little trip
Take a little trip with me

War was such a great band, it's time to add some of their works to your music collection don't you think? You can find a good selection of their CD's on Amazon.

War CD's from Amazon

eBay has War CD's, DVD's, t-shirts and more. You never know what War items you might be able to pick up from eBay, it's a great place to look for collectibles.

I hope that you enjoyed this Hub. It's always good to know what visitors think, so if you have a few moments, a comment from you would be much appreciated.

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      4 years ago

      I learned the bass part to that at one point. It was hard playing the same riff over and over and . . .

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for highlighting this band. I have heard their music on occasion played on radios and in movie soundtracks. Love the Why Can't We Be friends!

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      4 years ago from Liverpool, England

      First transfer? Congrats :)

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      Joyce T. Mann 

      4 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      "Low Rider" is one of my all time favorite "dashboard-thumpin'" hits.

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      4 years ago

      I have this tune-phrase playing in my head ... "why can't we be friends, why can't we be friends ..." Ah! Time to make another cup of coffee so that I can continue on. Love your style of storytelling Tony!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I remember "Why Can't We Be Friends" but did not remember who sang it. Now I know!

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      7 years ago

      I remember this song from the movie Gone in 60 seconds as a sountrack. Great song and even greater band!

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      7 years ago

      great lens, one of my fav bands, will check out your other lenses!

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      7 years ago

      Love this song - and the lyrics, too! No problem playing the video and would come back to watch more. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      8 years ago

      I'm disappointed because I'm not getting any volume on the music video for some odd reason. I love Low Eider.

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      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      A favourite of mine from the Seventies. Great song!

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      10 years ago

      A memorable song -- hate to say that I too remember it.

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      10 years ago

      Another great lens

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      10 years ago

      cool, one of the songs that I like. Just for info, your first video has been removed due to violations. I was glad I could still hear the song in the second video.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Loved this song back was so unique. Another great lens!

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      10 years ago

      Low Rider has always been one of my favorites. I always think of Cheech when I hear the song.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      10 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Low Rider is played at Dodger Stadium each time Nomar goes to bat. His choice.

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      The Homeopath 

      10 years ago

      I love Eric has Donna's engagement ring engraved "Everybody knows the low rider" on That 70's Show!

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      clouda9 lm 

      10 years ago

      SWAH! I loved War and their song' would not be the same without them!


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