Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)
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PRobably my least favorite band ever. Why, Ian MacDonald, why?
Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 11.15.06 @ 15:59pm
Personal like or dislike has nothing to do with anything
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 03.25.07 @ 11:11am
Way to reply to a four month old comment with nothing worthwhile to say. You're really creepy, do you know that?
Posted by Kit on Sunday, 03.25.07 @ 11:55am
I think pointing out that your personal like or dislike of a band has nothing to do with HOF induction is relevant. The fact that it is four months old is just a stupid thing to say. Uh, lets see...it was posted four months later because that is when I saw it. Talk about "nothing worthwhile to say."
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 04.28.07 @ 12:53pm
Posted by shawn on Monday, 05.7.07 @ 14:00pm
Actually, your best bet is to ignore him until he makes points, which is something I reccomend to you. This pissing contest isn't doing anyone any good.
Posted by Kit on Monday, 05.7.07 @ 15:29pm
Agreed, Kit. I let it get out of hand.
Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 09:01am
Kit on Bon Jovi: "Can we please find another mediocre band to talk about endlessly?"
Posted by shawn mc on Wednesday, 05.23.07 @ 15:05pm
Did anyone ever show that poor guy what love is?
Posted by A-Killa on Tuesday, 09.4.07 @ 09:03am
A British and American band...Go figure.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 11.15.07 @ 10:54am
"Personal like or dislike has nothing to do with anything"
Posted by liam on Thursday, 11.15.07 @ 11:15am
I'm not too crazy for them. Their first album was pretty good but I think the rest of their material was just generic.
Posted by eric on Monday, 12.10.07 @ 23:28pm
It's actually surprising that they haven't even been nominated yet, because isn't their lead singer a good friend of Jann Wenners? I'm pretty sure I read that on the main page of this site before.
Posted by Fish license on Tuesday, 01.1.08 @ 22:47pm
THIS GUY KIT IS THE SAME GUY WHO WAS DISSING THE WILSON SISTERS ON THE HEART MESSAGE BOARDS!!!!! GET A LIFE JACKASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by BROWN FERTILIZER on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 22:36pm
Well, maybe they just really weren't that good, how bout that?
Posted by denyo on Wednesday, 07.30.08 @ 18:12pm
Denyo - You are right and they aren't.
Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 07.30.08 @ 18:47pm
If Kit was dissing the Wilson sisters of Heart then he's a genius. As for Foreigner I like "Double Vision"
Posted by qy on Friday, 08.22.08 @ 19:30pm
Foreigner were one of the better '70s supergroups.....Lou Gramm can flat out sing....one of the most underrated singers in rock. Maybe if he didn't sing such "generic" rock he would get more props.I am sure Forigner gets downgraded by y'all snobs because they sold a lot of albums, had like 15 songs crack the top-40 that are still FM staples today and packed stadiums for a whole decade. Too bad they didn't open for the Talking Heads at CBGBs.....then they would be considered genius.....right?
Posted by bquest on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:16pm
Sure,there's alot of history there but they were rather average at best.
Posted by Ben Dover on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 15:24pm
Ask yourself: would music really be any different if it hadn't been for Foreigner, Toto, Journey etc.?
Posted by denyo on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 09:51am
"Lou Gramm can flat out sing....one of the most underrated singers in rock"
Posted by denyo on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 11:00am
denyo....I agree with everything you state...I really do. I guess I wasn't really waving the flag that Foreigner should be inducted, I know they won't get in because the elitist snobs that vote for this stuff completetly dismisses "corporate rock". It's almost as if these bands are victims of their huge success.But some of these "generic"(that's not my term, that's the term a music snob uses) should be considered because they are the BEST of the BEST of corporate rock. It's not like these corp bands, you know the ones: Foreigner,Styx,Journey,AC/DC, Def leppard etc. were one-hit wonders and disappered into rock obscurity. They had looooooong successful historys. Most are still doing it and we hear them everyday on classic rocks stations 30 years later(right along side Smells Like Teen Spirit by the way). You state that classic rock stations are run by conservative radio programmers that cater to advertisers....I think you got it twisted around. A radio station is a business and if Classic "Commericial" rock bring in the highest Arbitron ratings then the advertisers are just spending their money where the audience is....duh, it's not "safe", it's just good business sense.....so bands like Foreigner are still throwing their influence around 30 years later. I'm sorry that Echo and the Bunnymen and New Order can't hold an audience anymore....some music just eventually fades away...but Foreigner seems to remain....whether "generic" or not.
Posted by bquest on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 16:50pm
I like where bquest is going on Foreigner, so I'll jump in, but with a different take on the affair. Now I have no intention of defending everything that Foreigner did (far from it), but I will defend the early recordings by saying this: when did blues-based hard rock exactly become "corporate" or "generic"? Could Foreigner have known that the style was officially out-of-date? In a post on Boston, MsMusic talked about how AOR went downhill roughly around the mid-70's. My question is, how apparent would it be to the musicians that the style could produce nothing new? I think of two cases that stand out.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 05:43am
Now if I sounded like a pretentious d*** on this post, clue my dumb-*** in, please! (lmao)
Posted by Gary James CA on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 09:34am
CC - well said! And I would like to add -
Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 12:44pm
Cheesecrop....you make an excellent point and state it very well. I doubt that a band like Foreigner was sitting around in 1976 and conspired to write and produce some lame ass music that a bunch of elist snobs would target as corporate rock 30 years later. I can only guess because I was like 5 years old at the time but Foreigner must have been somewhat respectable back then if they got to a point that they were headlining stadiums. They were probably a lot cooler than Captain and Tennille...ha. I grew up with 80's metal and I hear the same thing when I hear people rip on how lame bands like Judas Priest or Scorpions are compared to something like Metallica or Godsmack now. Well, when I was a kid Judas Priest was some heavy shit....even Def Leppard were cool and somewhat heavy on their first two albums. I guess the point is that bands all take from other bands before them and the newer bands push the envelope farther. This is not really an argument that a band like Foreigner should be in the Hall but more a statement that bands get unfairly labled as "corporate rock" which subsequently and unfairly equals lame years later. The term Corporate, to me, gives the conotation of hugely and grossly successful......which is a turn-off to some. I am sure that some bands will come along that will make Nirvana sound lame and "corporate" 20 years from now.....then we will have to defend Nirvana....it's a cycle.
Posted by bquest on Monday, 10.6.08 @ 14:50pm
I am sure that some bands will come along that will make Nirvana sound lame and "corporate" 20 years from now.....then we will have to defend Nirvana....it's a cycle.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 10.6.08 @ 17:53pm
Let's officially kill the term "corporate rock" altogether. All musicians are trying to make money in some fashion, so the label is pretty unfair from the get-go. Furthermore, even if it's silly assumption that some bands are trying to make money and more noble ones aren't is acutally true, it's selectively applied. Bascially, the term "corporate rock" is music critic code for "70's/80's AOR that I don't like simply because it sounds too pretty". This style of music is not meant to be deconstructed, it's meant to be fun (I wish more musicians in these dark times understood this concept). And music critics like the morons who work for Rolling Stone are being incredibly dishonest with this term. They want to say that they don't like the style but they can't make a legit argument against it so they attack its supposed intentions instead (which makes perfect sense and all).
Posted by Randy on Wednesday, 11.5.08 @ 01:22am
Randy.....you make some excellent points...well stated
Posted by bquest on Tuesday, 11.18.08 @ 17:12pm
Posted by dano on Tuesday, 11.18.08 @ 23:25pm
Everyone knows the RRHOF is a joke..who cares...I know Foreigner doesn't.
Posted by scotty on Friday, 01.23.09 @ 15:34pm
Yes- it's a riot that an acclaimed act like Blondie would be in the HOF. Shameful. :)
Posted by JR on Monday, 05.18.09 @ 21:21pm
i know this comment is old, but i feel like responding to it anyway
Posted by Justin on Thursday, 07.30.09 @ 16:58pm
I don't think they have any chance of induction, but they were a great band and the premier arena rock group of the late '70s/early '80s.
Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 08.19.09 @ 23:11pm
"Critics like to poke fun at them for being commercial" - Dude Man
Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 08.20.09 @ 07:09am
I agree with Dude Man and Keebord, I never understood some of the hatred that Foriegner gets on here. I say Yes to Foreigner.
Posted by Steve Z on Thursday, 08.20.09 @ 14:01pm
Not a fan of Foreigner, chiefly for what they became in the 80s. And that's what may hurt them... they went "lite rock" at the same time as Journey did, Styx, and probably a few others. It was just a huge shift that left a bad taste in the mouth of many critics (I'm guessing). That's how I feel about it. But I've never been a big fan of the lead singer's voice. The only song of theirs I like is Hot Blooded.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 08.20.09 @ 14:16pm
I despise Foreigner and their tenth grade lyrics. "Cold As Ice" and "Hot Blooded" make me want to vomit every time the local oldies station plays them.
Posted by Derek on Tuesday, 01.26.10 @ 12:26pm
This might be unfair, because I haven't heard a whole album, but I've never understood some of the hype surrounding Foreigner. Yes, Lou Gramm is a good singer, but I just can't get into the hits. They're just kind of generic blues-rock/pop-rock in my eyes. Anyway, my take: They're not really groundbreaking or cutting edge, they may be somewhat influential, but not that much (not to mention their impact on the scene is somewhat limited) and let's not forget: "I Want To Know What Love Is." Whenever I hear that, I can't turn the dial fast enough; absolute wimpfest. Three strikes, they're out. No Hall for them.
Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.5.10 @ 19:02pm
"Maybe if he didn't sing such "generic" rock he would get more props.I am sure Forigner gets downgraded by y'all snobs because they sold a lot of albums, had like 15 songs crack the top-40 that are still FM staples today and packed stadiums for a whole decade. Too bad they didn't open for the Talking Heads at CBGBs.....then they would be considered genius.....right?" - bquest
Posted by Sam on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 17:38pm
Foreigner is another example of being a decent band, but you can't induct everyone...!!!
Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 05.2.10 @ 17:41pm
You and I agree again. I laugh at how backwards these classic rock baby boomers have things. I can just imagine how they'll be gritting their teeth and stamping their feet if Black Flag, The Smiths and New Order all get in (all three should be in.) Or god forbid they might do the same thing if Motorhead gets inducted (no, that'll never happen at this point.) "But Boston has sold way more records!" :)
Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 05.4.10 @ 20:23pm
I despise Foreigner and their tenth grade lyrics. "Cold As Ice" and "Hot Blooded" make me want to vomit every time the local oldies station plays them.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 06.19.10 @ 03:06am
If any "corporate rock" bands should get it, it should be Journey, Heart, and probably Bad Company. Cases could be made for Boston and Styx, but both fall short due to the formers lack of productivity (i.e. 5 albums in 30 years) and the latters embarrasing music made after their 1977-1981 years (Mr. Roboto, Show Me The Way, Love Is The Ritual). As for Foreigner, I actually like them quite a bit, and think that Lou Gramm is an underrated singer, but they're the exact definition of "you cant induct everyone". Although I am surprised they haven't been considered, if only because Gramm is friends with Jann Wenner, and Wenner has shown that he can pull strings for them in the past ("I Want To Know What Love Is", was put on several "Greatest Songs of All Time" lists by Rolling Stone, reportedly on Wenners insistence).
Posted by Jimbo on Tuesday, 08.24.10 @ 22:09pm
Man, those boomers really played the someone-said-corporate-rock card.
Posted by JoJo on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 05:38am
(Applause.) Well done.
Posted by Sam on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 09:44am
Foreigner is lumped in with all of the so-called "corporate rock" bands prevalent from the mid 1970s to the late 1980s (or thereabout), which would include Journey, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, Styx and quite a few others that we all can name. (Anyone else want to go over the song list of "Rock of Ages"?) That's okay; these were a legitimate part of rock history.
Posted by Joe on Friday, 03.4.11 @ 16:54pm
Rockin, at Sears, in Sweetwater, Tx. Foriginer is Rockin! Im just sayin.......
Posted by Dinah Heffernan on Sunday, 03.20.11 @ 10:21am
1977-1981 = Great, if unoriginal, hard rock music. 4 is probably one of the best albums of the "arena/corporate" rock era.
Posted by Jim on Sunday, 04.24.11 @ 23:46pm
Can't argue with Jim, the question is, is a career consisting of one part great but unoriginal music and one part "diarrhea in the bed" with some good songs and albums enough to get in the RRHOF?
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 04.29.11 @ 16:39pm
"Can't argue with Jim, the question is, is a career consisting of one part great but unoriginal music and one part "diarrhea in the bed" with some good songs and albums enough to get in the RRHOF?"
Posted by Jim on Friday, 04.29.11 @ 23:46pm
Foreigner has more albums in the 'Album Project' than the Fall, Guided By Voices and Yo La Tengo... combined... beautiful.
Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 08.11.11 @ 13:46pm
Foreigner was a band that made solid, well-produced, hard rock stadium anthems that, yes, were quite generic. They sold boatloads of records and receive a ton of airplay for their many hits to this day. (The other) Mick Jones has built himself a great reputation among some of music's elite over the years, through collaborations with Billy Joel & others. As far as influence, I think it's pretty obvious who the inferior likes of Loverboy & that ilk took their cues from. Shame, but those sort of things happen. For every <take your pick of an original Seattle grunge band> there is a Nickelback or Creed that responds.
Posted by Sunking278 on Friday, 08.26.11 @ 20:58pm
I see no reason why Foreigner shouldn't get in eventually.
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 08.27.11 @ 05:46am
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 10.9.11 @ 00:46am
I dont know how a band with that lead singer and all those great songs doesnt get in. Foreigners 1st 4 albums were great. Too often, success is viewed as selling out or corporate rock. I dont like the direction Jones took the band after 4. But from 76 thru 81, they were unmatched. The thing for me is Lou Gramm had such a great voice, full of power and range. 4 straight albums of at least quadruple platinum. They have my vote.
Posted by Eddie Dobzanski on Monday, 11.7.11 @ 20:40pm
Im looking over the comments and keep seeing Corporate, lets discuss. When I think of that term relating to music, I think of an artist following a formula or recording a cheesey single that everyone knows will sell. Springsteens Born in the USA is the best example. Didnt The Beatles make history by having great songs. With Gramms voice, Foreigner didnt sound like anyone els
Posted by Eddie Dobzanski on Monday, 11.7.11 @ 20:59pm
"Foreigner has more albums in the 'Album Project' than the Fall, Guided By Voices and Yo La Tengo... combined... beautiful."
Posted by Zach on Sunday, 02.12.12 @ 12:30pm
amen. so what if foreigner weren't critical darlings, they still made good music!
Posted by GFW on Sunday, 02.12.12 @ 12:40pm
Foreigner has got to be the biggest ommision from the Hall. How long has it been and I still cant name 5 better singers than Lou Gramm. Their first 4 records are awesome. First rock group to have their first 4 records each sell 4million or more. Way too many great songs to not get in. God, Gramm had so much power and range.
Posted by Jersey steve on Thursday, 04.5.12 @ 23:14pm
"I still cant name 5 better singers than Lou Gramm"
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 04:19am
"First rock group to have their first 4 records each sell 4million or more."
Posted by Sam on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 07:54am
God, how'd I forget Steven Tyler?
Posted by Sam on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 07:54am
Just to clarify to Foreigner fans. I do agree Lou Gramm had a good voice.
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 08:08am
How about Ronnie James Dio also better than Lou?
Posted by bojanthebest on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 16:01pm
Yep. I also forgot about David Coverdale.
Posted by Sam on Friday, 04.6.12 @ 18:41pm
Yes there were many iconic singers in the 70s going into the 80s. The list of vocalists with power and range is relatively short. Lou Gramm is on that list. Foreigner immediately stood out with a sound that combined straight ahead rock with synths and sing along lyrics. Double Visions opening riff is an all timer. If you listen to all the songs, Gramm could hit the higher notes with such power. Four great albums, about 12 really great songs, put them in.
Posted by Warrior on Monday, 08.13.12 @ 00:46am
On the Lou Gramm singer debate i think Eddie is talking range and delivery. Plant had the power and range, certainly DIO, probably the Alice guy, Bach from Skid Row, maybe David Coverdale and Cornell from Soundgarden. That's a really short list. Mercury and Pretty could hit the high notes but lacked Gramms power. While Bowie, Orbison, and company area legends, we r talking voice.
Posted by dobbie on Sunday, 09.2.12 @ 22:43pm
Feels Like The First Time * Cold As Ice * Long, Long Way From Home * Blue Morning, Blue Day * Double Vision * Hot Blooded * Head Games * Dirty White Boy * Love On The Telephone * Women * Urgent * Juke Box Hero * Waiting For A Girl Like You * Break It Up * Luanne * I Wanna Know What Love Is * That Was Yesterday * Growing Up The Hard Way * Reaction To Action * Down On Love * Heart Turns To Stone * Say You Will * I Don't Wanna Live Without You * Until The End Of Time
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.2.12 @ 22:45pm
Feels Like The First Time * Cold As Ice * Double Vision * Hot Blooded * Head Games * Urgent * Juke Box Hero * Waiting For A Girl Like You * I Wanna Know What Love Is * That Was Yesterday * Say You Will * I Don't Wanna Live Without You * Until The End Of Time
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.2.12 @ 22:51pm
FOREIGNER: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.2.12 @ 23:10pm
FOREIGNER: The Resumes
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.2.12 @ 23:27pm
You do realize hat the whole reason Roy becme famous was his voice, right?
Posted by GFW on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 04:35am
Were you thinking Lou and writing Roy?
Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 08:24am
FOREIGNER: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees
Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.3.12 @ 08:34am
FOREIGNER: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees | The Resumes
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.4.12 @ 08:01am
Two chances for guitarist and saxophonist Ian McDonald to be inducted into the Rock Hall (King Crimson, Foreigner).
Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.4.12 @ 08:03am
Rolling Stone magazine likes Foreigner. They gave all their albums 4 or 5 stars.
Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.1.12 @ 11:54am
Mick Jones and Lou Gramm are nominated for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.13.12 @ 20:54pm
Mick Jones and Lou Gramm are 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees!
Posted by Roy on Friday, 02.22.13 @ 15:16pm
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.23.13 @ 00:15am
oh no, Roy's discovered the image function!
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 02.23.13 @ 05:56am
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 02.23.13 @ 20:47pm
THE 2013 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME NOMINATION AND INDUCTION BIOS
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 02.24.13 @ 21:57pm
It can't be denied that Foreigner has accomplished
Posted by Darius on Monday, 04.29.13 @ 02:23am
Mick Jones and Lou Gramm will both be attending and performing at the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 05.1.13 @ 13:45pm
Many aren't aware that Mick Jones was a session player for The Beatles. He was long considered a musical prodidgy in England before he discovered singer Lou Gramm fronting Black Sheep. Make no mistake, Jones followed a formula with Foreigner. This resulted in many of that eras greatest pop /rock albums and songs. Gramm was the difference market because his voice guarranteed no one else sounded like them. Put them in.
Posted by rock authority on Tuesday, 05.21.13 @ 23:04pm
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 05.23.13 @ 10:30am
The 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame
Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.14.13 @ 10:38am
Foreigner had been accused by critics of being a "faceless" band, or corporate rock for many years. I will not deny that Mick Jones had wanted to have a successful band, but what's wrong with that? Lou Gramm had been an outstanding vocalist and has been the co-writer of many great songs. As far as I am concerned, writing a great anthemic song like 'Cold As Ice,' (IMHO, one of the best songs of the 1970's) and being linked to King Crimson via original multi-instrumentalist Ian MacDonald is not a bad thing either. Of course, one could argue that their debut album and '4' were their greatest works. Not content to rest on their laurels, Lou and Mick were a hit making machine; Foreigner had even
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 08.1.13 @ 09:46am
Foreigner will definitely be inducted into the RRHOF in the next 5 years or so. They have several points favoring their induction in the coming years.
Posted by KING on Wednesday, 01.29.14 @ 15:23pm
Foreigner with master musician Mick Jones leading the way produced wonderful songs in the late 70s & early 80s that still resonate today on classic rock stations. With a new lineup featuring frontman Kelly Hanson, Foreigner concerts are as good or better then ever with stellar guitarist Mick Jones still at the helm. No band is more deserving of the HOF.
Posted by Robin Hood on Thursday, 01.30.14 @ 18:54pm
"No band is more deserving of the HOF."--Robin Hood
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 01.30.14 @ 19:25pm
Lets see. To get into the HALL your supposed to be talented, successful, have longevity, and make an enduring mark. One of the greatest lead vocalists in rock history-check, 10 platinum albums-check, still going for over 30years-check, hits that ranged from straight ahead rockers to pop to balads-check. Exactly what hasn't this band done? This is how the hall loses respect. This is whats known as a "no brainer".
Posted by rock authority on Monday, 06.2.14 @ 17:35pm
Once again, the "Behind The Music: Remastered" episode on Foreigner is scheduled to air on VH-1 Classic @ 2 p.m. E.D.T. on Monday July 14, 2014.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.13.14 @ 13:06pm
I think that Lou Gramm's and Mick Jones' induction into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame might be the impetus to garner them a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nomination. What do you think?
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 09:17am
Along with several other previously mentioned artists, Foreigner also deserves immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 05.2.15 @ 11:53am
Once again, the "Behind The Music: Remastered" episode featuring Foreigner is scheduled to air on VH-1 Classic at 7:00 p.m. E.D.T. on Saturday June 6, 2015.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 05.27.15 @ 09:10am
Foreigner is not really a corporate rock band, as much as they a "prog" adjacent band.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 06.12.15 @ 02:21am
Lou Gramm is now excited about the shake-up, perhaps he thinks his chances are better now.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 06.25.15 @ 22:17pm
With the recent Rock Hall committee shakeup, I think more “commercial” bands from the 70s and 80s will definitely benefit now. I agree that Foreigner deserves to be in the Rock Hall, but they can’t seem to shake up the commercial side of their music (this is probably their own fault). Foreigner, like many 70s/80s rock bands were heavily criticized for being “corporate rock” (which is unfair but there’s some truth to that). Phillip’s point is spot-on as to why Foreigner has and will have a hard time being taken seriously. Foreigner is still heavily played on classic rock stations which is a major plus for Rock Hall consideration. While not really being a critic’s darling, I think Foreigner will get in the Rock Hall the same way Hall & Oates got inducted last year: they have a ton of massive, still-popular hits under their belt. I think the Rock Hall will turn to the major 80s bands first: Bon Jovi and Def Leppard immediately come to mind (in addition to Foreigner). On a side note, I’m also thinking of other worthy 80s groups that should be considered now like The Cure, The Smiths, The Replacements, Sonic Youth and Duran Duran. BTW, Phillip I remember that terrible Hot Pockets commercial and that was a very cheesy ad (no pun intended).
Posted by Nick on Thursday, 06.25.15 @ 22:47pm
One of my all-time fave bands not yet there. As much as I love their music, I don't see an induction (or maybe even a nomination) until at least 2025. Rock on!
Posted by DJ Dave M on Monday, 07.6.15 @ 10:40am
Foreigner had been considered to be either faceless rock, or corporate rock for nearly 4 decades. Before I had even heard of The Moody Blues, or Rush, or Yes, or possibly even Kansas, or Styx, I had heard one of my first progressive rock songs, 'Cold As Ice' by Foreigner. Although I did not purchase my first foreigner album until 1981, I did buy a copy of an 8 track tape that had included 'Cold As Ice' in 1980. Foreigner and Heart were the first "prog adjacent" bands which I had become familiar with. I would later hear Journey and buy "Escape" on cassette in 1981.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.16.15 @ 06:36am
Once again, the "Behind The Music: Remastered" episode featuring Foreigner is scheduled to air on VH1 classic on Friday August 21, 2015 at 12 a.m. E.D.T.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 08.20.15 @ 05:35am
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.6.15 @ 22:53pm
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.12.17 @ 01:03am
Chicago > Journey > Foreigner
Posted by Roy on Friday, 01.27.17 @ 22:21pm
Foriegner was a great band with great song writing, great vocals, great musicians, sold a ton of albums and much better band than at least half of the inductees. Anyone that doesn't have some unusual bias against them should agree that they should be in the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
Posted by RCW on Wednesday, 03.22.17 @ 12:04pm
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