Low Rider

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"Low Rider"
Single by War
from the album Why Can't We Be Friends?
B-side"So"
Released1975
Format7"
Recorded1974
GenreFunk, jazz fusion, Latin Rock
Length3:08
LabelABC, United Artists
Writer(s)Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott
War singles chronology
"Why Can't We Be Friends?"
(1975)
"Low Rider"
(1975)
 
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"Low Rider"
Single by War
from the album Why Can't We Be Friends?
B-side"So"
Released1975
Format7"
Recorded1974
GenreFunk, jazz fusion, Latin Rock
Length3:08
LabelABC, United Artists
Writer(s)Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott
War singles chronology
"Why Can't We Be Friends?"
(1975)
"Low Rider"
(1975)

"Low Rider" is a song written by Charles Miller and the band War and appearing on their 1975 album Why Can't We Be Friends?. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts and peaked at number seven on the Pop Singles chart.[1]

According to the Allmusic review of the song, "the lyric takes the cool image of the lowrider — the Chicano culture practice of hydraulically hot-rodding classic cars — and using innuendo, extends the image to a lifestyle." Charles Miller was the single person most responsible for the creating of the classic and still-iconic #1 hit, on which he also sang the lead part. [Citation Needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song consists of various pimpmobiles on a typical suburban-style street, showing two men each driving a pimpmobile. At one point, an animated version of the face of the album Why Can't We Be Friends? is lip-synching, "Low Rider knows every street, yeah", as well as a man wearing a mask of the album's face. There are also scenes consisting of a driver showing off the album holding it out the window or on the windshield.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by the following artists:

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Preceded by
"Sweet Sticky Thing" by The Ohio Players
Billboard's Hot Soul singles number one single (War version)
November 8, 1975
Succeeded by
"Fly, Robin, Fly" by Silver Convention