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British-American rock group formed in New York City in 1976.

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Great 80s band

  • Jul 4, 2010
Had a string of hits, always on the radio, then faded in the 90s. I saw them recently in NYC warming up on the streets for a Good Morning America (or some such morning show) gig. Sounded great with a new front man (Lou Gramm was no where to be seen).

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review by . August 21, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Its amazing how our music styles change.  When I was an early teen, I actually liked this band's firs recording.  Their third single, Long Long Way From Home was a fabulous tune to my ears.       However, as my ears matured I discovered that each song by this band had nearly th same formula.  Two cheaply written verses and hard edgy guitar solo with little passion and singer Lou Gramm singing the repetitve chorus over and over again. Example:  Your …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
the songs were great for the times and some still are. i have many of there cds.
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Even though Boston, Heart, and Styx, among others, deserve credit for inventing '70s arena rock, no band parlayed the stadium sound with such dependable know-how as Foreigner. The key to the band's suc-cess has been main man Mick Jones. A battle-scarred, hit-savvy veteran who played with the artful organ-rock outfit Spooky Tooth before founding platinum-selling Foreigner, Jones is not only a master of the hook but also a guitarist of unerring efficiency. In Foreigner's early days, former King Crimson multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald added a touch of class, but Jones' passion for a streamlined sound meant that the band was soon reduced to a smarter, trimmer rhythm-section core.

And, of course, there's ace vocalist Lou Gramm. Not quite a stylist on the order of Bad Company's Paul Rodgers, Gramm is still one of the finest singers in all of pop metal. Gramm's gift lay in roughening up Jones' shimmering grooves; Gramm brought an R&B, almost bluesy style to bear on the band's rockers, and in time, he became the Pavarotti of the power ballad.

Foreigner's catalogue of car-stereo hits is nearly unrivaled: "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" (Foreigner); "Hotblooded" (Double Vision); "Dirty White Boy" (Head Games); "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (4). The canny Jones kept the sound fresh by working with different producers on each album and supplying the perfect surprising flourish ...
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