The band Foreigner formed back in 1976 by Brits Ian
McDonald, Dennis Elliot, Mick Jones, and Americans Lou Gramm, Al
Greenwood, and Ed Gagliardi. It was this mix of Brits and Yanks
that influenced the name of the band. No matter what country the
band was in, at least three of them would be "foreigners".
Foreigner hit shelves in 1977 with their
The album made a huge impression, and brought the world hit songs such
As Ice," "Feels Like the First Time", and "Long,
Long Way From Home". In 1978, Foreigner released their follow up
Vision, which brought us hit songs like "Hot Blooded",
"Blue Morning, Blue Day", and of course the title track.
Head Games was released in 1979 and not only brought us
fans the hit title track, but also the song "Dirty White Boy".
By 1980, issues began to rise in the band. After
the dust settled, Foreigner was a quartet. Soon after the release
of their 1981 album 4, new members had joined the band.
4 was a major success for the band and featured several hit songs,
including "Urgent", "Waiting for a Girl Like You", "Juke Box Hero", and
"Break It Up". Before becoming an 80's music star himself, Thomas
Dolby played the keyboards for a few songs on this album.
Foreigner's 1984 release, Agent Provocateur, brought us the songs
"I Want to Know What Love Is" and "That Was Yesterday". The band's
1987 release, Inside Information, featured the hit songs "Say You
Will" and "I Don't Want to Live Without You".
By the late 1980's, success was waning for the band.
Lou Gramm and Mick Jones were both releasing as solo artists, and Lou
Gramm was replaced as lead vocalist for Foreigner for the release of
Long Hard Look. By 1992, however, Gramm was back with the
band, by within 10 years, he was back out again. Since then, with
a new vocalist, Foreigner has continued on stage and in studio.
The band could be found on tour with bands like Kansas, Styx, Night
Ranger, and Journey. At the time of this writing, the Foreigner
Discography was as follows:1977: Foreigner
1978: Double Vision
1979: Head Games
1984: Agent Provocateur
1987: Inside Information
1991: Unusual Heat
1992: The Very Best of...and Beyond
1993: The Best of Foreigner live
1994: Mr. Moonlight
2000: Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology
2002: Foreigner Complete Greatest Hits
2006: Definitive Collection
2008: No End In Sight: The Very Best of Foreigner
2009: Can't Slow Down
2012: Alive & Rockin'