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Foreigner's Mick Jones (2009)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 23 October 2009

On songwriting, production and working with stepson Mark Ronson: the Englishman in New York fills in the gaps.

File format: mp3; file size: 34.2mb; Interview length: 37' 21"; sound quality: ***

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Foreigner: Foreigner (Atlantic SD 18215 )*½ .

Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, 28 May 1977

REMEMBER IAN McDonald? That's right, the geezer who used to mess around something chronic on keyboards for King Crimson back in the early days when ...

Foreigner: Foreigner (Atlantic SD 18215)

Review by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, June 1977

FOREIGNER IS a Boston/Cream pie a la mode whose futile search for the perfect hard-rock formula is diverted long enough for them to squeeze out ...

Rock & Roll Prowess Heralds Foreigner

Profile by Toby Goldstein, Circus, 9 June 1977

THE STAGGERING success of Foreigner's debut Atlantic LP and single, 'Feels Like the First Time', proves that the world has been waiting for yet another ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Foreigner/Ted Nugent: Rock And Roll All Nite

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 17 September 1977

AN AFTERNOON of heavy rock at the Los Angeles sports stadium. Score: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Win. Foreigner – Place. Nugent – Show. ...

The California Jam Festival

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 8 April 1978

THERE WEREN'T even traffic jams. ...

Foreigner’s Road Map: Destination Top Ten

Interview by John Mendelssohn, Rolling Stone, 4 May 1978

IN THE SPRING of 1976, Mick Jones found himself. With a dwindling bank account and dim prospects, even after twelve years of playing guitar and ...

Foreigner: Rainbow, London

Live Review by Geoff Barton, Sounds, 6 May 1978

The damage is done ...

Foreigner: Unruffled by Platinum Pressure

Interview by Sam Sutherland, High Fidelity, July 1978

SPEAKING QUIETLY over the hum of a transoceanic phone connection. Foreigner's Mick Jones doesn't seem the least bit threatened by the musical and mercantile similarities ...

Foreigner: Live in Los Angeles

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 25 November 1978

FOREIGNER ARE pretty much a thinking man's Bay City Rollers. ...

Foreigner: The Other Mick Jones Interview

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 20 October 1979


Foreigner: 4

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, October 1981

This is what? These guys’ second or third LP since Mick Jones publicly declared F’gner ain’t dinosaurs and that they were really starting to get, ...

Hard Pop, Suburban Rock

Report by J.D. Considine, Musician, October 1981

Band like REO, Styx and Journey have taken the details of the rock sound and made the medium the whole message, capitalizing on the rock ...

Junior Walker — A Soul Man

Report and Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 4 January 1982

BY 10:30 SATURDAY night, the line in front of the Club Lingerie, a trendy Hollywood rock spot catering to in-crowd tastes, stretched around the corner. ...

Foreigner: The Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by Mark Leviton, Music Connection, 4 March 1982

FOREIGNER HAS managed to transcend the clichés of the much-vilified heavy metal rock form. Their Forum show was a powerful, direct lesson in how to ...

Foreigner: The Forum, Inglewood CA

Live Review by Mark Leviton, Music Connection, 4 March 1982

FOREIGNER HAS managed to transcend the clichés of the much-vilified heavy metal rock form. Their Forum show was a powerful, direct lesson in how to ...

Foreigner: Fame, 4 Tune + 4 Play

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 1 May 1982

Sylvie Simmons joins the FOREIGNER legion to meet Mick Jones ...

Foreigner: Agent Provocateur (Atlantic)

Review by Craig Zeller, Creem, April 1985

HAVE TO admit I've had some good times inspired by Foreigner. Why, just this afternoon I dozed off watching MTV (understandably so) and had a ...

Foreigner: Feels Like The Fifth Time

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, June 1985

THERE ARE TIMES when you truly appreciate Foreigner. For instance, like when Madonna's 'Like A Virgin' comes on the air. A navel she may have, ...

Lou Gramm: A Jaunt to Dimension Solo

Profile and Interview by Chuck Eddy, Creem, August 1987

BEST WAY to kick this off is to can the corny suspense and letcha in on what the man told me, which I'm sure as ...

Foreigner: Inside Information (Atlantic)

Review by Richard Riegel, Creem, April 1988

LONG-TIME Foreigner fans should open this album's gatefold jacket very slowly (if at all), as the double-spread group photo within confirms that Our Boys are ...

Does Keith Olsen really believe in this stuff, or what?

Interview by Alan di Perna, Musician, November 1988

IT'S EASY to sneer at the increasingly predictable formulas that sell records in the millions these days. What's hard is to actually believe in the ...

The Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp

Report and Interview by Bob Spitz, Delta Sky, December 1997

IT WASN'T UNTIL Friday night, when Frank Gonzales belted out a monster version of 'Double Vision', that everyone realized the significance-the true beauty of the ...

Drowning in Genius: Surveying this season's mountain of greatest-hits albums

Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, December 2000

SO, WHAT'LL IT BE: Tears for Fears? .38 Special? Whitesnake? It's become impossible to keep abreast of all the best-ofs, as labels keep foisting greatest-hits ...

The Soul in the Machine: Whatever Happened to Atlantic Records?

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, What'd I Say, 2001

"UNFORTUNATELY, we’re running a big business here now," Ahmet Ertegun confessed to author Gerri Hirshey in 1982. "And it sort of ... well, it drives ...

Foreigner: Can't Slow Down

Review by Barney Hoskyns,, September 2009

A ghastly collection that might as well have been written by a computer ...

High LOL-tage: Mike Diver's classic rock adventure

Live Review by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, 3 August 2010

The other day our former overlord Mike Diver phoned up DiS HQ to belligerently demand we implement what he described as "the final phase" of ...

see also Lou Gramm


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