Interview with Mick Jones (Foreigner) about their „Head Games“ album.
On the afternoon that we spoke with Mick Jones, he was phoning us from a somewhat unusual location — a table at Starbucks where he stopped in with his assistant in the midst of a busy day of appointments.
So, if you happened to be at the coffee shop and heard a guy reminiscing nostalgically about the Foreigner catalog, it wasn’t just some uber-fan of the legendary classic rockers. It was, in fact, the founding mastermind and guitarist from the group, looking at his own back pages — with a focus on the anniversary of 1979′s Head Games, an album which had the unenviable task of following two blockbuster releases.
First, of course, came Foreigner’s self-titled debut in 1977, which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, giving the fledgling group its first three Top 40 hits — “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice“ and “Long, Long Way From Home.” Foreigner’s second album, Double Vision, released in 1978, also did big business, again landing inside the Top 5 of the Billboard charts while adding three more hits to a growing stack with the title track, “Hot Blooded“ and “Blue Morning, Blue Day.”
Head Games would be the third chapter in the Foreigner story, and the third album in three years, a staggering achievement considering that the band was touring in support of each successful album nearly non-stop. This project would also find Foreigner working with the third producer in as many albums. Roy Thomas Baker, who Jones had wanted to work with going back to Foreigner’s debut, finally had an opening in his schedule.