Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Break It Up" by Foreigner

Song#:  1030
Date:  05/15/1982
Debut:  70
Peak:  26
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Foreigner's album "4" spawned three hit singles including "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (#2 for 10 weeks). A fourth single from "4" seemed appropriate so they trotted out this song hoping for another solid hit. Although it spent the same 13 weeks on the chart and peaked at the same #26 as their previous single "Juke Box Hero," it wasn't as memorable and did not get the same support at rock radio ("Juke" hit #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart).

ReduxReview:  I always thought the "4" album was a mixed bag. About half the album was terrific and the other songs just eh. Luckily, the good songs ended up being the singles and this one was another quality track from the group. Four singles in, the peak is probably justified. However, it easily sits alongside their other major hits.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Lead singer Lou Gramm had a previous shot at stardom with his former band Black Sheep. That band was signed to Capitol and issued two albums for the label in 1975. While on tour with Kiss, an unfortunate semi-truck accident destroyed most of their equipment. Unable to purchase replacements, the band had to end their tour and never really recovered. Soon after, Gramm received a call from Mick Jones, whom Gramm had met previously. Jones was wondering if Gramm had interest in joining his new group, Foreigner.


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