Agent Provocateur (album)

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Agent Provocateur
Studio album by Foreigner
Released November 5, 1984 (1984-11-05)
Recorded 1984
Genre Rock
Length 41:42
Label Atlantic
Producer Mick Jones, Alex Sadkin
Foreigner chronology
Agent Provocateur
Inside Information
Singles from Agent Provocateur
  1. "I Want to Know What Love Is"
    Released: November 13, 1984
  2. "That Was Yesterday"
    Released: February 1985
  3. "Reaction to Action"
    Released: April 1985
  4. "Growing Up the Hard Way"
    Released: May 1985
  5. "Down on Love"
    Released: September 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Agent Provocateur is the fifth studio album by American/British rock band Foreigner, released on November 5, 1984. The album was the band's first and only number one album in the UK, and it reached the top 5 in the U.S. Although album sales were lower than their previous work in the U.S., it contains the band's biggest hit single, "I Want to Know What Love Is", which is their only #1 single in the UK and the U.S., staying at the top spot for three and two weeks respectively. The follow-up single, "That Was Yesterday", also proved to be a sizeable hit, peaking at #12 in the U.S. The album was certified Platinum in the UK by the BPI, and triple Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tooth and Nail"   Lou Gramm, Mick Jones 3:54
2. "That Was Yesterday"   Jones, Gramm 3:46
3. "I Want to Know What Love Is"   Jones 4:58
4. "Growing Up the Hard Way"   Jones, Gramm 4:18
5. "Reaction to Action"   Jones, Gramm 3:57
6. "Stranger in My Own House"   Jones 4:54
7. "A Love in Vain"   Jones, Gramm 4:12
8. "Down on Love"   Jones, Gramm 4:08
9. "Two Different Worlds"   Gramm 4:28
10. "She's Too Tough"   Jones, Gramm 3:07


Additional personnel[edit]


  • Producers: Mick Jones, Alex Sadkin
  • Engineers: Josh Abbey, Larry Alexander, Joe Ferla, Frank Filipetti, Howie Lindeman
  • Assistant engineers: Bobby Cohen, Tim Crich, Scott Mabuchi
  • Digital remastering: Ted Jensen
  • Art direction: Bob Defrin
  • Design: Bob Defrin

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ [Agent Provocateur (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ RIAA database
  3. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "100 Albums" (PHP/PDF). RPM 42 (3): p. 5. March 30, 1985. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (PHP). InfoDisc (in French).  Find "FOREIGNER" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  6. ^ "Album – Foreigner, Agent Provocateur" (ASP). Media Control Charts (in German). Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1985". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Agent Provocateur – Foreigner". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  14. ^ "French album certifications – Foreigner – Agent Provocateur" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select FOREIGNER and click OK
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Foreigner; 'Agent Provocateur')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  16. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Foreigner; 'Agent Provocateur')". Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Foreigner – Agent Provocateur". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Agent Provocateur in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Foreigner – Agent Provocateur". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Alf by Alison Moyet
UK number one album
January 26, 1985 – February 15, 1985
Succeeded by
Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen