Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Luanne" by Foreigner

Song#:  1118
Date:  07/31/1982
Debut:  89
Peak:  75
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock



Pop Bits:  Foreigner's #1 multi-platinum album "4" had already spawned two Top 10's and two additional Top 30 singles. Could another single climb the chart and give them a fifth Top 40 hit from the same album? They gave it a go with this song but fell short. Had the single hit the Top 40, the group most likely would have set a record at the time of most Top 40 singles from one album for a rock band. Although the soundtracks to "Saturday Night Fever," "Urban Cowboy," and "Xanadu" each had five or more singles reach the Top 40, Foreigner's "4" would have been the first artist album to accomplish the feat. But even if they had been the first, the record would not have lasted long. A little album called "Thriller" would soon crush a lot of records.

ReduxReview:  While this is a good album track, it does not make a strong single. Compared to the album's other singles, this one sounds weak in comparison, so I'm not surprised it couldn't muster much support. I'm sure the retro-ish pop made it seem like a good choice, but I think the album opener "Nite Life" probably would have been better. Either way, by this time the album had pretty much run out of gas and probably any single would have tanked. But kudos to them for giving it a shot.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Guitarist/keyboarditst Ian McDonald was not only a founding member of Foreigner, but also a founding member of the prog-rock band King Crimson. He played keyboards and woodwinds for the band and appeared on their seminal 1969 debut album "In the Court of King Crimson." It would be McDonald's only album with the band as he left after about a year with them.

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