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BY BRET ADAMS

omewhere in the world right now, a Foreigner song is playing on the radio. Literally.
Thanks to nearly 20 mega-hit singles, 75
million units sold, and legions of fans, the
band has earned a solid place in pop-music history.

Founder, guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, and
producer Mick Jones guided
t he g roup to dizz y ing
heights from the late 1970s
through the late '80s as
it created some of the
most popular songs of
the era - "Feels Like
the First Time," "Cold
as Ice," "Long, Long Way
from Home," "Hot Blooded,"
"Double Vision," "Blue Morning,
Blue Day," "Dirty White Boy," "Head
Games," "Urgent," "Waiting for a
Girl Like You," "Juke Box Hero,"
"Break it Up," "I Want to Know What
Love Is," "That Was Yesterday," "Say
You Will" and "I Don't Want to Live
Without You."
In 2017, Foreigner marked the
40th anniversary of its self-titled
debut album with a tour, the two-disc
compilation 40, and Jones' autobiography, A Foreigner's Tale.
Despite Foreigner's rapid rise, Jones
was hardly an overnight success. The Brit
spent years making his bones in bands like
Nero and the Gladiators before backing
Johnny Hallyday (the "French Elvis"), then
joined Spooky Tooth in '73/'74. For a quick
few months in '76, he was a member of the
Leslie West Band before being left nearly
broke in New York.
"Everything somehow came together in
my life," he recalled. "I'd been floundering
around in New York and had to make

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a living. I was thinking of going back to
England, when suddenly I started writing
a bunch of songs. I thought, 'What am I
going to do with these? Oh, of course. Form
a band!' That was really the start of it and
it just started growing from there. The
excitement started to ferment."
Manager Bud Prager found rehearsal
space for Jones to audition members of a
new band, and among those to show up
was vocalist Lou Gramm. A lineup quickly
solidified and the group eventually signed
with Atlantic Records.
"I'd gotten used to the life around the
excitement of stage, studio, and producing.
So I had an arsenal to dig from," said Jones.
Foreigner's blend of riffs, power chords,
hypnotizing hooks, and melodies appealed
to rockers and pop fans alike. Its style
evident from the beginning, success was
almost instantaneous as Foreigner shot up
the charts and saturated airwaves.
Looking back, Jones recalls feeling that
the album was a solid collection of songs,
and he was cautiously optimistic a hit single
could emerge.
"I didn't so much think of monster hits. I
thought they were really good album tracks
and there might be a shot at a single, but
there were no high expectations. We were
prepared to slog it out and try to build a
reputation."
He had no idea.
"Everything that happened was crazy," he
added. "It gradually came together. There
were problems finding the right makeup of
the band, but we overcame them. And we


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