Did Foreigner ever express a single couplet of sincere emotion, creativity, or insight? I can’t think of one instance of anything but the most predictable, cliched “Rock-like” lyrics.
I had the misfortune of hearing “Juke Box Hero” over the weekend, while we were hanging at our pool club. I’d forgotten how much I’d hated this song, and following a discussion with my 11-year-old son about why I hated Pat Benetar‘s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, which he knew through Guitar Hero and thought “wasn’t that bad,” all that I hated about the Foreigner song struck home. In the second half of the ’70s, when bands like Foreigner and Benetar hit the scene, there was a rash of Rock lyrics about the so-called Rock life: “road” songs, songs about the price of Rock superstardom, songs about “gettin’ crazy,” and other songs about general “wild” living. Even previously established bands that really had achieved rock stardom, like The Eagles and Jackson Browne, got into the act. That stuff rang hollow. It bummed me out. It betrayed what rock ‘n roll was supposed to be about.