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  For the science-fiction novels, see Foreigner

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A British-American rock band originating in The Seventies and The Eighties, Foreigner was one of several Hard Rock bands, along with with groups like Journey and Survivor that gained fame in the AOR scene during the early 1980s. The group's mainstays were English guitarist Mick Jones (not that one) and American lead vocalist Lou Gramm, with a rotating cast of other musicians. Since Gramm's departure in 2003, Jones is the only founding member still with the group.

The group had it's greatest success with a string of seven multi-platinum albums between 1977 and 1987, and had hit singles with songs including "Cold As Ice", "Juke Box Hero" and the ballads "I Want To Know What Love Is" and "Waiting For A Girl Like You". While members have come and gone, the band continues to tour today, often sharing the stage with fellow AOR stars such as Journey, Styx and Chicago.


Tropes:

  • Arena Rock
  • Gratuitous French: During the fade-out of "Girl on the Moon", the background vocalists can be heard singing "Fille sur la Lune" (the literal translation of the song's title) twice.
  • Hot-Blooded: Check it and see! I've got a fever of a hundred and three.
  • Intercourse with You: "Hot Blooded"
  • Lighter and Softer: It began with one song from Double Vision, and then their 80s albums became much softer than their older 70s recordings.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Junior Walker's saxophone solo on "Urgent".
  • Power Ballad: They recorded several. "I Want To Know What Love Is" is a particularly famous example.
    • That song has lately become a Black Sheep Hit or Old Shame for the band, as they later said they wished they never recorded it at all.
  • Record Producer: Starting with Head Games, Mick Jones produced all of the group's albums in collaboration with another producer (most famously, Mutt Lange co-produced the number one album 4).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: By all accounts, Lou Gramm was Hot Blooded while Mick Jones was Cold As Ice.
  • Rhyming with Itself: From "Hot Blooded"
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 You don't have to read my mind

To know what I have in mind.

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