MUSIC MONDAY “Foreigner Top 10 Songs” Part 3
‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’
Mick Jones calls “Waiting” the “song that wrote itself,” telling Classic Rock that he felt like the “conduit” for the track and that “something was coming down through me.” He says that the “serious emotional experience” made it hard for him to hear the song in playback without breaking down. Keyboardist Thomas “She Blinded Me With Science” Dolby played the famous synthesizer on “Waiting,” which financed the beginning of his own solo career.
Gramm says that “It’s up to you / We can make a secret rendezvous,” but the overall tone of “Hot Blooded” seems to make things pretty clear that there isn’t really much choice in the matter. What’s the polite way to ask “Come on baby, do you do more than dance?”
‘I Want to Know What Love Is’
Foreigner got downright spiritual with “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which featured backing vocals from the New Jersey Mass Choir and one of Lou Gramm’s finest vocal moments. Driven by his own romantic struggles, Jones wrote this emotional plea, which deeply moved many of those who were first to hear it — including the legendary Ahmet Ertegun, who found himself brought to tears when Jones played it for him.
From: ‘4’ (1981)
For anyone who has ever been on the wrong side of a sold-out concert, “Juke Box Hero” will touch a chord. The real-life version had a happier ending, as Foreigner invited a Cincinnati fan that they met outside of soundcheck — and helped to inspire the eventual song that tops our list of the Top 10 Foreigner Songs — inside to watch the show from the side of the stage.
Lou Gramm Knows What Love Is – CBN.com
The 700 Club’s Scott Ross sits down with original lead singer for the multi-platinum rock band Foreigner, Lou Gramm. On the strength of hits like “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded,” and “I Want to Know What Love Is,” Foreigner sold over 50 million albums worldwide with Lou Gramm behind the mic. Decades later, Lou is still performing after battling a brain tumor that almost killed him.
Lou Gramm: I’m left taking about 15, 16 prescribed medications twice a day.
Ross [reporting]: Even still, Lou enjoys remembering the late 1970s when Foreigner was rock’n’roll royalty.
Gramm: It’s pretty staggering, and it happened extremely fast. It seems like we would come right off a tour, into the studio, and the last two weeks of the tour, we’d be putting ideas together for the next album.
Ross [reporting]: One song seemed to stand out and blew the world open at the time: “I Want to Know What Love Is”.
Gramm: When the New Jersey Mass Choir sang, “I want to know what love is,” and we were in the control room, I can remember the short hair on the back of my neck standing up.
Ross [reporting]: But after 15 years of drugs, sex and rock’n’roll, Lou had a revelation.
Gramm: I think it was a night after we’d played Madison Square Garden. I really believed that the lifestyle had the better of me and that I couldn’t walk away from it now. I needed it more than it needed me. I prayed for the strength and the sense to break the chain.
Ross [reporting]: The next morning, Lou checked himself into rehab and was soon praying the sinner’s prayer with a staff pastor.
Ross: This pastor prays with you, you pray, Jesus Christ comes into my life?
Ross: It was one of those kind of prayers?
Ross: It was a conversion prayer?
Gramm: It certainly was.
Ross: Did you tell your band mates?
Gramm: Not right away. I waited until the next tour, and we were on the bus . The cocaine lines and the joints came out, and I let them know that I wouldn’t be doing that with them and that I wouldn’t be doing that anymore.
Ross: And their response was?
Gramm: “What in the world’s wrong with you?”
Ross [reporting]: Lou remained with Foreigner for years, finally parting ways in 2003. Around that time, while recovering from brain surgery, he remembers feeling called to sing a new song.
Gramm: After my operation, which there was a very good chance I might have died on that operating table, I had thought long and hard about making a Christian rock album.
Ross: The Lou Gramm Band.
Gramm: Yes it is.
Ross: With the Graham brothers.
Gramm: You better believe it.
Ross: Singing…this album is Jesus?
Gramm: Yes it is, and it rocks hard!
Ross: So, Lou Gramm is back?
Gramm: Yes. I think about the years wasted before I knew the Lord. Everybody has to go through something different. I don’t mourn those years, because I am where I am now and that’s the best news ever.