Sunday, March 18, 2018

"Reaction to Action" by Foreigner

Song#:  2346
Date:  06/01/1985
Debut:  82
Peak:  54
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Foreigner's album, Agent Provacateur, would be their sixth to spread into multi-platinum territory. It was helped along by two hits including their career best effort, the #1 "I Want to Know What Love Is." Following the #12 peak of the second single "That Was Yesterday," this third track was issued out. Unfortunately the song didn't attract listeners and it stumbled at Rock (#44) while not even cracking the top half of the Pop chart. Without the support of a third significant single or radio track, the album could only reach the 3x platinum mark. While that was still a great achievement that most any artist would envy, it was a slight a disappointment for the band since all of their previous album sold in the 5-7 million range. It would end up being their last studio album to receive multi-platinum certification.

ReduxReview:  While Foreigner isn't a stranger to have a harder rocking tune becoming a hit, this one just didn't have the same commercial radio appeal as something like "Juke Box Hero." It also wasn't in the same league as the album's previous two singles and listeners tuned out. It's a solid album track, but it definitely wasn't the right choice for a single.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  English musician Mick Jones co-founded Foreigner and has been the only original member to fully remain in the band over the years. In his early career days, Jones moved to France and worked as a musician and songwriter. He worked with some of the biggest names in French pop including Francoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan, and rocker Johnny Hallyday. Jones wrote/co-wrote and produced several songs for Hallyday (under the name Mickey Jones) and toured with him as well. He left France and went back to England in 1971 where he was part of a few groups, but it would be when he formed Foreigner in 1976 that his career really took off.


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