By: Gary Graff
This week marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Foreigner's second and best-selling album, "Double Vision."
The set followed Foreigner's multi-platinum 1977 debut and did even better, selling more than seven million copies in the U.S., peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and launching a pair of platinum, Top 5 hits in the title track and "Hot Blooded."
But group founder Mick Jones tells us that there was quite a bit riding on the album at the time:
"Because of the success we had from the first album, there was a tremendous amount of pressure to come up with something to follow that, and eventually we were touring that year like crazy and we sort of had to, we did it, part of it in New York and part of it in L.A...But, y'know, we had that expectation, and not many bands or artists could do that, necessarily, have a multi-platinum first album and then follow it up. And we were able to do that, somehow. Don't ask me how, but there were two or three songs that must came really naturally. 'Hot Blooded' was one of them that was sort of written in the studio to a certain extent, very quickly."
Jones adds that one of the most enjoyable aspects of "Double Vision's" ride was a bit of competition with the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls," which came out at the same month on the same label (Atlantic Records):
"Suddenly we find ourselves in the charts battling with 'Some Girls' from the Rolling Stones, and they'd never been in that territory, either. We start to sell and we get to two million, three million, four million, five million, six million, seven million, and we keep going. And the Stones sort of stayed back a bit. Wow~~! Nobody had been in those territories before, certainly on Atlantic Records, so that was a very rare thing."
Jones and former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm were recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. Gramm recently published an autobiography, "Juke Box Hero," while Jones leads the current incarnation of Foreigner, which is touring North America this summer and is also working on a new album.
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