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BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 24: Mick Jones (from L), Kelly Hansen and Thom Gimbel of the Band Foreigner perform at the taping of 'Back To School - Gottschalks grosses Klassentreffen' Show on January 24, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)

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Foreigner: “Juke Box Hero”

The Hook: A slice of Lou Gramm’s pre-rock-stardom life.

Album: 4

Year: 1981

Writer: Lou Gramm and Mick Jones

Stats: Peaked at number-26 on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm’s lyrics to “Juke Box Hero” came straight out of his own experiences growing up. He explains what he was thinking of when he wrote them.

Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm on what he was thinking of when he wrote the lyrics to “Juke Box Hero.” OC:…came together. :26

”I envisioned myself in Rochester missing groups like The Who and Hendrix and people like that, because I didn’t have the ticket or the money. And I used to just go hang out to hear these groups, knowing full well I’d never get in to see them, but I used to just lean against the backstage door just to pick up as much of the music as I could before I was tossed by the security guards. That’s what I envision that song as being. That’s kind of the spark of how it came together.”