I saw them in their heyday. Cheap Trick opened. I liked CT a lot better.
The bands lyrics fit me at fourteen in 79’ industrial mechanics at school by day and (Me a Honky tonker) pulled into playing bass and being front man in a Rock n roll band by night. I was more rev on the red line than urgent.Hmmm.
I like their melodies, and their musicianship is fine, but I loathe their lyrics.
Overwrought, macho, predictable lyrics, sung like their singers were in some kind of physical pain.
Urgent, I guess.
They used to play at my high school. You could sort of tell Lou had it going on. They sounded a lot like Free.Quite a few years ago an aquaintance showed me an album by a band called Black Sheep. The lead singer was Louis Grammatico. He later obviously anglicised his name and took up with Mick Jones (ex Spookytooth) and formed Foreigner. I never did get to hear the Black Sheep album. Do love Foreigner though.
Oh yeah, Feels Like The First Time and Starrider.
Great story. Thanks for the info.They used to play at my high school. You could sort of tell Lou had it going on. They sounded a lot like Free.
The story goes that Spooky Tooth was playing in Niagara Falls and at the after party, a local promoter played the Black Sheep record.
A while later, they'd broken up, Lou was driving a truck. Mick was putting Foreigner together, remembered Lou's voice and called the promoter and asked who that was, and if he could get in touch with him. Lou flew to NY, and that was that.
I had the honor of working with Lou on his last solo record, that he made with his brothers on bass and drums. Nice guy, and altho his range has diminished, it was a real thrill to hear that voice coming back at you.
Recording nerd note - Lou still has the Klaus Heyne-modded U-87 he's used on every vocal since the 1st Foreigner record. Brought it in in a plastic grocery bag, with multi-colored hair ties on the shock mount. (G)
I loathed this band from the 1st time I heard them to this day. Cheap studio fake 70s rock band puke.