Tag: Foreigner

Friday 6/18/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Foreigner (1977) Twitter: @ForeignerMusic

Foreigner is the self-titled debut studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released March 8, 1977. It spun off three hit singles, “Feels Like the First Time”, “Cold as Ice” and “Long, Long Way from Home”. It also features album tracks such as “Headknocker” and “Starrider”, the latter of which features a rare lead vocal from lead guitarist and co-founder Mick Jones. The first attempt at mixing the album was done at Sarm Studios, London, but as they were dissatisfied with the result, the album was re-mixed at Atlantic Recording Studios by Mick Jones, Ian McDonald and Jimmy Douglass.

“Feels Like the First Time” – 3:49
“Cold as Ice” – 3:19
“Starrider” – 4:01
“Headknocker” – 2:58
“The Damage Is Done” – 4:15
Long, Long Way from Home” – 2:53
“Woman Oh Woman” – 3:49
“At War with the World” – 4:18
“Fool for You Anyway” – 4:15
“I Need You” – 5:09

Lou Gramm – lead vocals, percussion
Mick Jones – lead guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (3, 7), keyboards
Ian McDonald – guitar, backing vocals, saxophone, keyboards, flute
Al Greenwood – keyboards, synthesizer
Ed Gagliardi – bass guitar, backing vocals
Dennis Elliott – drums, backing vocals
Ian Lloyd – backing vocals

Sunday 6/6/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Footloose Soundtrack (1984)

Footloose: Original Soundtrack of the Paramount Motion Picture is the original soundtrack of the Paramount motion picture Footloose. The original nine-track album was released in 1984 and reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart on April 21, 1984, where it stayed until June 23, 1984. When it was re-released in 1998, four bonus tracks were added to the album, all of which were used in the film as well. In 2002, Sony International released the “Australian Souvenir Edition”, also titled “Australian Cast Special Edition”. Two megamixes were added to the album, featuring the Australian cast of the Footloose musical. The original soundtrack contained six Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits, three of which reached the Top 10, including two number-one hits, “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams, and “Almost Paradise”, a duet by Ann Wilson and Mike Reno that reached number seven, plus “Somebody’s Eyes” by Karla Bonoff climbed to number sixteen on the Adult Contemporary chart. Many people bought the soundtrack album without even seeing the film.

In 2009, Doveman released a reimagining of the soundtrack album. The original soundtrack for the 2011 remake was released by Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville on September 27, 2011.

  1. “Footloose” (Kenny Loggins) 3:46
  2. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” (Deniece Williams) 4:20
  3. “Almost Paradise” (Love Theme from Footloose) (Mike Reno and Ann Wilson) 3:50
  4. “Holding Out for a Hero” (Bonnie Tyler) 5:50
  5. “Dancing in the Sheets” (Shalamar) 4:03
  6. “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” (Kenny Loggins) 3:46
  7. “Somebody’s Eyes” (Karla Bonoff) 3:33
  8. “The Girl Gets Around” (Sammy Hagar) 3:22
  9. “Never” (Moving Pictures) 3:45
  10. “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” (Quiet Riot) 5:17
  11. “Hurts So Good” (John Mellencamp) 3:42
  12. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (Foreigner) 4:50
  13. “Dancing in the Sheets” (Extended 12″ Remix) (Shalamar) 6:16

Friday 5/14/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Foreigner Top 30 Hits

Foreigner, a British-American rock band, has released 9 studio albums, 7 live albums, 20 compilation albums, and 47 singles.

The band was formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musicians Mick Jones and Ian McDonald, and American vocalist Lou Gramm. Since then, Foreigner has released nine studio albums, seven of which have reached the top 30 of the Billboard 200 chart. 4 was the band’s only chart-topper in the US, while Agent Provocateur was their only album to achieve the same feat on the UK Albums Chart. Overall, Foreigner’s albums have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, almost 40 million of them in the United States alone.

Among the 47 singles released by the band, 14 of them became top 20 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the number-one song “I Want to Know What Love Is” and the number-two “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, which spent a record-setting 10 weeks at the number 2 position of the chart without ever reaching the top. Four of these singles were certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments of over a million copies, all of them which peaked within the top 3 (“Hot Blooded”, “Double Vision”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “I Want to Know What Love Is”). Despite its British roots, the band achieved only moderate success in the UK Singles Chart, with only two of their songs, “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “I Want to Know What Love Is”, peaking within the top 20.

In 2014, Rhino released a boxed set of the band’s seven albums recorded for Atlantic entitled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studios Albums 1977-1991. The first four albums that were expanded to include bonus tracks in 2002 were included in the set along with the remaining albums by the band. These were housed in cardboard replicas of the original vinyl sleeves.

1I Want to Know What Love Is
2Waiting for a Girl Like You
3That Was Yesterday
4Say You Will
5I Don’t Want to Live Without You
6Urgent
7Cold as Ice
8Juke Box Hero
9Hot Blooded
10Feels Like the First Time
11Until the End of Time
12Blue Morning, Blue Day
13Double Vision
14Long, Long Way from Home
15Dirty White Boy
16Head Games
17Soul Doctor
18Lowdown and Dirty
19Heart Turns to Stone
20Under the Gun
21Reaction to Action
22White Lie
23Women
24Night Life 
25Can’t Wait
26When It Comes to Love
27In Pieces
28Break It Up
29Love on the Telephone
30All I Need To Know

Thursday 3/11/2021 12am ET: Feature LP: Foreigner – Head Games (1979)

Head Games is the third studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released on September 10, 1979 by Atlantic Records. Recorded at Atlantic Studios in New York, with additional recording and whole mixing taking place at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, it was the only Foreigner album co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker, best known for working on Queen’s classic albums. It marked the first appearance of new bass guitarist Rick Wills (formely of Jokers Wild and Small Faces) who replaced Ed Gagliardi (who was fired from the band), and was the last album with founding members Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood who would leave the band after the recording. Head Games is also the last Foreigner album to feature a lead vocal by guitarist Mick Jones (“The Modern Day”).

1. “Dirty White Boy” 3:38
2. “Love on the Telephone” 3:18
3. “Women” 3:24
4. “I’ll Get Even with You” 3:40
5. “Seventeen” 4:36
6. “Head Games” 3:37
7. “The Modern Day” 3:26
8. “Blinded by Science” 4:55
9. “Do What You Like” 3:59
10. “Rev on the Red Line” 3:35
11. “Zalia” 2:34

Lou Gramm – lead vocals
Mick Jones – lead guitar, piano, backing vocals, lead vocals (on “The Modern Day”); producer
Ian McDonald – guitars, keyboards, vocals; producer
Al Greenwood – keyboards
Dennis Elliott – drums
Rick Wills – bass guitar, vocals

Tuesday 6/23/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Foreigner – Double Vision (1978)

Double Vision is the second studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released on 20 June 1978 by Atlantic Records. Recorded between December 1977 and March 1978, it was Foreigner’s only album co-produced by Keith Olsen and the last recording with bass guitarist Ed Gagliardi who would be later replaced by Rick Wills.

Double Vision was the first in the line of many other recordings in which A&R executive John Kalodner would simply have his name listed twice in liner notes, as a play on the title of this album. The phrase “John Kalodner: John Kalodner” originated when the producer Olsen was wondering just how to credit Kalodner’s involvement in the band and the album. In keeping with the double vision theme, guitarist Mick Jones came up with an idea of doubling the name.

“Tramontane” is the only instrumental track Foreigner have released to date on a studio album.

Mick Jones takes the lead vocals on “Back Where You Belong” and “I Have Waited So Long”.

1. “Hot Blooded” 4:28
2. “Blue Morning, Blue Day” 3:12
3. “You’re All I Am” 3:24
4. “Back Where You Belong” 3:14
5. “Love Has Taken Its Toll” 3:29
6. “Double Vision” 3:44
7. “Tramontane” 3:56
8. “I Have Waited So Long” 4:07
9. “Lonely Children” 3:37
10. “Spellbinder” 4:45

Friday 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Lou Gramm and Foreigner

Lou Gramm (born Louis Andrew Grammatico; May 2, 1950) is an American rock singer-songwriter, best known for being the original lead singer of the rock band Foreigner.

Foreigner is a British–American rock band, originally formed in New York City & London in 1976 by veteran English musician and ex–Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones, and fellow Briton and ex–King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

Jones came up with the band’s name as he, McDonald and Dennis Elliott were British, while Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi were American. Their biggest hit single, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, topped the United Kingdom and United States charts among others. Another one of their hit singles, “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, peaked at number two on the US chart for a record-setting 10 weeks. They are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million records in the US.

Current band members are Kelly Hansen (lead vocals and percussion); Mick Jones (lead and rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing and lead vocals); Thom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals, saxophone, and flute); Jeff Pilson (bass and backing vocals); Michael Bluestein (keyboard and backing vocals); Bruce Watson (lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals); and Chris Frazier (drums and percussion).

In the late 1980s, Jones and Gramm each put out solo efforts on Atlantic. Gramm released Ready or Not in January 1987 and shortly after its release, rehearsals for Foreigner’s next album had started but ground to a halt as Gramm’s status with the group was uncertain. But after the promotion and concert dates for Gramm’s album were finished, cooler heads prevailed and Lou rejoined Foreigner in the studio for Inside Information, which was out at the end of 1987. Jones had Mick Jones in August 1989, then Gramm followed with his second solo release, Long Hard Look (October 1989), and decided to leave the group in May 1990 while preparing to tour behind Long Hard Look as the opener for Steve Miller Band. After finishing this tour, Gramm went on to form the short-lived band Shadow King, which put out one eponymous album on Atlantic in October 1991.

Tuesday 10pm ET: Feature LP: Foreigner – The Definitive Collection (2006)

The Definitive Collection is a double-disc compilation album by the band Foreigner, released March 28, 2006 on Atlantic/Rhino Records.

“Feels Like the First Time”
“Long, Long Way from Home”
“Cold as Ice”
“Headknocker”
“Starrider”
“At War with the World”
“Double Vision”
“Blue Morning, Blue Day”
“Hot Blooded”
“I Have Waited So Long”
“Dirty White Boy”
“Head Games”
“Women”
“Rev on the Red Line”
“Break It Up”
“Juke Box Hero”
“Urgent”
“Waiting for a Girl Like You”
“I Want to Know What Love Is”
“Down on Love”
“Reaction to Action”
“That Was Yesterday”
“Midnight Blue”
“Heart Turns to Stone”
“I Don’t Want to Live Without You”
“Say You Will”
“Just Wanna Hold”
“Just Between You and Me”
“Lowdown and Dirty”
“Soul Doctor”

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s we feature music from: Steve Miller Band, Captain and Tennille, Santana, George Benson, Elton John, Pablo Cruise, Jimmy Buffett, Foreigner, Elvis Presley, Andy Gibb, Tommy Roe and more . . .

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Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on Sounds of The 70s we feature music from:  Fleetwood Mac, Boston, Foreigner, Steely Dan, Clint Holmes, Redbone, Elton John, Selector, Robert Gordon, Freda Payne, Toto, Diana Ross and more . . .

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (2018)

Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is their 7th Live album released April 27, 2018.

Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock bands in the world, racking up scores of smash hits, multi-platinum albums and sold out concert tours. From ‘Cold As Ice’ to ‘Hot Blooded’, ‘Urgent’ to ‘Juke Box Hero’ and ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’. Foreigner’s thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans.

Today, over 80 million albums later, Foreigner is an ensemble of talented musicians each adding their individual credentials to make the band stronger and more powerful than ever. Besides founding member and leader Mick Jones on lead guitar and vocals, the band s line up consists of Kelly Hansen (Ex-Hurricane) as lead singer, Tom Gimbel ( Aerosmith) on guitar, saxophone, flute, and backing vocals; Jeff Jacobs on keyboards, Jeff Pilson (Ex-Dokken, Dio and MSG) on bass; and Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham) on drums.

This magnificent concert was recorded at KKL Luzern, Switzerland on May 20th and 21st 2017 and thus became the very first Foreigner album, recorded with orchestra and choir. Together with The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the performance showcases some of rock n’ roll’s most enduring anthems and countless fan favorites. Featuring original new arrangements and instrumentations, Foreigner’s signature songs can be enjoyed from a completely new perspective and with fantastic sound quality. – (Amazon Review)

01 Overture
02 Blue Morning Blue Day
03 Cold as Ice
04 Waiting for a Girl Like You
05 Say You Will
06 When It Comes to Love
07 That Was Yesterday
08 Feels Like the First Time
09 Starrider
10 Double Vision
11 Fool for You Anyway
12 Urgent
13 Juke Box Hero
14 I Want to Know What Love Is

 

Wednesday 10pm: Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes

Dominic Forbes interviews Lou Gramm and following the interview we feature more music from Foreigner and Gramm.

Lou Gramm (born Louis Andrew Grammatico; May 2, 1950) is an American rock singer-songwriter, best known for being the original lead singer of the British-American rock band Foreigner.

Gramm traveled to New York to audition and got the job. Lou Grammatico then became Lou Gramm, and, with the band initially known as “Trigger,” and later renamed Foreigner, became one of the most successful rock vocalists of the late 1970s and 1980s. Circus magazine in 1978 upon release of “Hot Blooded” commented that Lou Gramm had a voice that Robert Plant might envy.

Foreigner’s first eight singles cracked the Billboard Top 20, making them the first band since The Beatles to achieve this. Gramm performed vocals on all of Foreigner’s hits including “Hot Blooded”, “Feels Like the First Time”, “Cold as Ice”, “Long, Long Way from Home”, “Double Vision”, “Blue Morning, Blue Day”, “Head Games”, “Dirty White Boy”, “Urgent”, “Juke Box Hero”, “Break It Up” and “Say You Will”. He co-wrote most of the songs for the band, which achieved two of its biggest hits with the ballads “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, which spent ten weeks at #2 on the 1981/82 American Hot 100, and “I Want to Know What Love Is”, which was a #1 hit internationally (US & UK) in 1985.

Gramm and Foreigner founder Mick Jones had a volatile chemistry that exploded into many a chart-topper, yet at times they clashed artistically. Following the band’s second album Double Vision, shifts in personnel began to take place. After the Head Games album release, Gramm and Jones jointly decided to reduce the band’s line up from the original six members to four members. The next album, which Gramm has called the high point of his work with Foreigner, was aptly titled 4. Gramm wanted the band to remain true to its purer rock origins, favoring music with a solid drum and guitar structure, whereas Jones embraced the 1980s style of synthesizer ballads he became known for. The next album, Agent Provocateur, took three years to release due to the ongoing creative differences between Jones and Gramm. – Wikipedia

Saturday 12pm / Sunday 6am: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

This week on Brit Rock – Michael Schenker Group, Scorpions, Focus, Concrete Kingdoms, Meme Detroit, Survival Code, Green Day, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Styx, Procol Harem, Marillion, Dio, Motorhead, Don Henley, Foreigner, Chicago, Queen, Deep Purple, Genesis, Night Ranger, Allman Bros Band, Fleetwood Mac, REM, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones, Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Mountain, Rembrandts, C.C.S., Rod Stewart, Aerosmith.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm or the encore Sunday 6am on RadioMaxMusic.

Saturday 12pm ET: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

On Brit Rock this week music from Gary Moore, AC/DC, Jeff Lynne, Extreme, Billy Idol, Faith No More, Fish, Aerosmith,Quireboys, Black Crowes, Stranglers, Boston, Deep Purple, Killers, The Eagles, Chris Cornell, The Fray, Kings Of Leon, U2, The Scorpions, Genesis, Dire Straits, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Frijid Pink, Queen, Cinderella, Foreigner, Russ Ballard, Peter Gabriel, Gun, The Hooters, ZZ Top, Richard Marx, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Rainbow.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.  Encore at 12am Sunday morning.

Wednesday 9pm: Feature LP: Foreigner – 4 (1981) @ForeignerMusic

4, also known as Foreigner 4, is the fourth studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released on July 2, 1981 on Atlantic Records. Several singles from the album were hits, including “Urgent”, “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “Juke Box Hero”.

The album was a success worldwide, holding the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for a total of 10 weeks. It eventually sold over seven million copies in the US alone.

Click here for album contents from Wikipedia