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Foreigner: “Head Games”

The Hook: Lou Gramm came up with the title a melody and he and Mick Jones took it from there.

Album: Head Games

Year: 1979

Writers: Lou Gramm and Mick Jones

Stats: Peaked at number-14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: “Head Games” is the title track of Foreigner’s third album. Guitarist Mick Jones explains how it came about and how it fit in with what the band was doing at that time.

Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones on the title track of the group’s third album, “Head Games.” OC:…new step. :22

“That was a title that Lou came up with. It was the first song he played me on two fingers on a piano. We kind of took it from there and that and ‘Dirty White Boy’ were kind of Foreigner-type songs in a way. That album, generally, was sort of a little departure. Times were changing musically in a way and we were sort of changing. We’d just had the first personnel change in the band at that point when Rick Wills came along. It was sort of a significant new step.”