Friday, November 19, 2010
Two Forgotten Friday Favorites: Foreigner
I must spread some love for Foreigner this morning. They are, without a doubt, one of my favorite bands of the 70s/80s. I think the ultimate 80s concert would be seeing Journey, Survivor, and Foreigner perform together because their sounds and names are similar. But of the trio, Foreigner - a mashup of British and American musicians; hence, the group's title - stands out the most to me. They were not the type to make social or political statements, but rather, their music dealt with the ups and downs of relationships and that's why I love them. This same group gave us what I consider to be one of the most romantic ballads ever written, Waiting For A Girl Like You, and one of the sexiest songs about straight-up sex ever written, Urgent. (URGENT! URGENT! EMERGENCY! Sorry. Couldn't control myself.)
Both those hits, by the way, featured Thomas Dolby of She Blinded Me With Science fame on synthesizer.
I don't think I've ever met anyone who has told me in person that they're a Foreigner fan, but they're definitely out there: so many glowing comments on YouTube. The group has expanded and shrunk through the years, losing and gaining members, but the songwriting/vocals of Mick Jones and Lou Gramm is still my favorite combo, and produced much of the well-known hits of the 70s and 80s.
I hadn't heard 1987's Say You Will in years, and never saw the actual video until this week. This has a nice film noir look to it. I recognized Cathy Fedoruk, a fashion model from the 80s and 90s, as the call girl:
It's impossible for me to choose a second, but I cannot resist the song Urgent. Junior Walker of All Stars fame recorded the sax solo on the record.