Foreigner Trying To Reclaim The “Jukebox Hero” Mantle

Jul 15th, 2008 // 4 Comments

Foreigner.jpgLast time we heard from rock staples Foreigner, they were proving their bona fides among the 50+ set by teaming up with old-people organization AARP. Today comes news that they’re trying to embrace (slightly) younger potential listeners out there by pre-releasing their latest greatest-hits album, No, This Time, This Is Really The Best Of Foreigner, to jukeboxes hooked up to the TouchTunes network. And to sweeten the pot, the jukeboxes will “allow TouchTunes users to weigh in on a range of topics including ‘What makes a Juke Box Hero?’” Well, that’s certainly a question worth answering at any time of day, even when one isn’t at a bar and trying to kill time! So we’ve put our own version of that poll after the jump.

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Whatever your answer, I think we can all say that playing this song doesn’t fit the bill, unless it’s the end of the night and whatever bar you’re in is populated solely by people who will join the chorus:

Foreigner’s First New Music in a Decade Introduced to Fans on the TouchTunes Network [MarketWatch]

  1. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    Whatever happened to all the post 9/11, cautious use of the word “hero”? I’m trying to avoid a soap box, but somehow playing a plastic guitar and drunkenly singing along to “Double Vision” doesn’t quite qualify in my book.

    Nit picky? Absolutly.

    On a side note, these touch tone juke boxes make some sick bank from music snobs. I was in a normal bar over the weekend, and as soon as I walk in I hear “Holy Diver.” Not what I was expecting. But lo and behold, there was a 40 year old man with big metal hair, camo pants, and a Danzig shirt feeding the juke box to play nothing but metal. Girl repellent? You be your ass it was. But still, he kept it real. Even if keepin it real went wrong. It was glorius.

  2. Dan Gibson

    Have you seen Lou Gramm these days? Not lookin’ so good.

  3. highlifer

    Foreigner so wants what Journey is getting.

  4. AcidReign

        I never really equated Foreigner with “metal.” Their guitars were too thin for that. More of the a “faux he-man,” woman-hater sort of genre. A few things of theirs, I did like, such as “Juke Box Hero,” and “Double Vision.” They’ve taken a lot of grief over the years for “I want to know what love is,” but as 80s synth-ballads go, it has few peers. It might have been the most widely copied idea of the 80s. Yes, Phil Colins, I’m talking about you!

        Would I pay $100 a ticket to see Foreigner, now? No way. Not buying the disk, either, unless I see a clip that blows me away. Doubtful.

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