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10 Mega Hit Foreigner Songs that Rocked my Racing Teen Dreams
Back in the day, my camaro's glove box had five cassettes in it. Three of them were Foreigner.
I loved their music so much, I burnt up "Head Games." In less than two years time, I went through three copies of that tape.
I never cranked up the car without starting on the same song.
"Rev on the Red Line" got me in more trouble.
I blame the song. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Too many totaled camaros later, I'm tooling around in a SUV these days but I'm still jamming on Foreigner.
It all started in the early 80's. I was a teen living in the boon docks. There wasn't really much to do but party, chase boys and one other thing my father forbade me to do.
So, of course, I had to do it. Racing was a rush.
Do as I say not as I do never worked on anyone.
It sure didn't work on me. My Dad had raced a lot before I was born and too much after to suit my mother's tastes. I think I inherited the love of going fast.
I'm not talking about a track here. I grew up listening to him and my uncles tell stories of running and blocking moonshine back in the 50's. What did they expect after all that?
Back when I was a teen, finding a country road to mark off a quarter mile on was easy. Winding gravel roads with no traffic were more common that ones with pavement where I was. It was redneck teen heaven.
The car came with the song.
The first camaro I ever got had a copy of "Head Games" in it when I got it. It wasn't new by any means but it would move like no one's business, hug a curve, too.
I started it up and "Rev on the Red Line" blared. While I had heard "Head Games" and a few others on the tape before, I had never heard what became my most played song for a long time.
I had to see what that car would do. I cranked the tunes as loud as they would go as I floored that puppy and proceeded to have one heck of a good time. Fifteen year old girls maybe shouldn't have camaros.
Fast forward past too many parties, races and things I'm not about to put in print.
When I totaled that car, I cried. It wasn't the bruises or the cuts that caused the tears, it was losing my babies, the car and the tape! I was so bummed.
Car number two came newer, but still used minus the copy of my favorite tape. That simply would not do. Lucky for me, I had really good friends that knew how much I loved Foreigner. They replaced every tape.
You would think I would have learned, but no.
I don't run around hauling ass any more but I sure want to every time I hear that song. It took years and more cars than I'm going to list to finally slow down. While the speed may have decreased, the volume sure hasn't.
To this day, I can't hear Foreigner without smiling as I remember all night parties, racing until dawn, summer romances, sneaking out and all the craziness that was youth.
This release has so many of my favorite Foreigner songs.
Here's my top ten favorites and a little about why each sticks out for me.
1. "Rev on the Red Line" The song fills me with the need for speed. I want to feel the wind whipping my hair with the windows down and no end in sight.
2. "Jukebox Hero"... Got stars in his eyes. What teen didn't get inspired to pursue rock and roll fame after listening to this song? Anyone? Guys went nuts for this and air guitars flew whenever they thought the girls were not watching.
3. "Feels Like the First Time" Romantic memories of hidden first love under the stars when I was supposed to be in my room asleep.
4. "Dirty White Boy" One of my good friends played in a band. They won our school talent show one year playing this song. It was fantastic.
5. "Double Vision" Too many fuzzy memories of listening to this driving home after too much partying. It's really amazing any of us survive being young.
6. "Head Games" Every girl jammed on this after a break up back in the day. It become our catch phrase for any male behavior we deemed unacceptable. Young girls can be so silly but such is the teen experience.
7. "Cold as Ice" This song was on the jukebox where we used to like to hang out. Most of the others were country. Hey, it was backwoods Mississippi. So, obviously we played it over and over until the grownups ran us off.
8. "Hot blooded" It just rocks. Check and see...Got a fever of a hundred and three. A long time staple of jukeboxes and cover bands, this song gets everyone ready to rock.
9. "Blue Morning, Blue Day" Another classic breakup song from teen drama days of yore.
10. "Head knocker" We all trashed speakers on this one.
I always wanted to see them live but never got the chance.
Mr. Vix saw them before we met. He said they were really good.
Back in the day, they weren't the hardest jamming band around. In fact, compared to the Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden accompanying them in my glove box, they were kind of weak. It mattered not one bit. They rocked and we all loved them. I still do to this day.
There were always songs when cranked for the crowd that got booed down fast. Not Foreigner. The band was always welcome and evoked feelings of good old southern hospitality and parties that greeted the sun.
Foreigner was and will remain a band I hold dear.
Want to hear the tunes?
Give a listen to some racing tunes, blinding beats and cool sounds from back in the day.
Background image credit; Poetvix
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