Foolish Behaviour

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Foolish Behaviour
Studio album by Rod Stewart
Released 21 November 1980
Recorded November–December 1979; February–September 1980
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 41:01
Label Riva (UK), Warner Bros. Records
Producer Harry the Hook, The Rod Stewart Group, Jeremy Andrew Johns, (except "She Won’t Dance With Me" – Tom Dowd)
Rod Stewart chronology
Rod Stewart Greatest Hits Vol.1
(1978)
Foolish Behaviour
(1980)
Tonight I'm Yours
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Foolish Behaviour is Rod Stewart's tenth studio album released on 21 November 1980 (see 1980 in music) and on the Riva label in the United Kingdom (RVLP 11) and on Warner Bros. Records in both The United States (HS 3485) and Germany (WB 56 865). The tracks were recorded at The Record Plant Studios and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles from February to September, 1980. "Passion", "My Girl", "Somebody Special" and "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" were released as singles.

The video to another song on the album, "She Won't Dance With Me", was the third video to be played on MTV when it launched 1 August 1981. The lyrics contain the use of the word "fuck"[1] which surprisingly remained unedited in the video. In 2005, the album was belatedly released on CD on Rhino's budget Flashback Records label.

Dedication[edit]

In the liner notes of the album the following dedication is attributed to Stewart:

This album is dedicated to the following personages:
All those who engage in a little foolish behaviour of a Friday night, All those who enjoy a good laugh and a drink, Those who don’t take life seriously, Scottish Football Supporters wherever they are, Tom Dowd, My band & last but not least, my Offsprings!

GOD BLESS THEM AND THEIR BICYCLE CLIPS

Charts[edit]

Foolish Behaviour peaked at #4 in the UK and at #12 on the US charts. It went platinum (UK) on 8 January 1981. Two months later on 4 March 1981 it reached platinum certification (US). The album contained one popular single, "Passion", which reached #5 on the singles chart in the US.The album has sold more 5 million in worldwide

Singles
Year Song Rank
1980 "Passion" 17 (UK), 5 (US), 13 (GER)
1980 "My Girl" 32 (UK)
1981 "Somebody Special" 71 (US)
1981 "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" 74 (GER)

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Rod Stewart, Phil Chen, Kevin Savigar, Jim Cregan and Gary Grainger; except where noted.

  1. "Better off Dead" (Stewart, Chen, Savigar, Carmine Appice) – 3:07
  2. "Passion" – 5:29
  3. "Foolish Behaviour" – 4:24
  4. "So Soon We Change" – 3:44
  5. "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" – 5:02
  6. "Gi’ Me Wings" – 3:47
  7. "My Girl" (Stewart, Chen, Savigar, Cregan, Grainger, Appice) – 4:27
  8. "She Won’t Dance with Me" (Stewart, Jorge Ben) – 2:30
  9. "Somebody Special" (Stewart, Chen, Savigar, Cregan, Steve Harley) – 4:29
  10. "Say It Ain’t True" – 4:02
  11. "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" (Live) (Willie Dixon)
  • Track 11 only appeared on the German Cassette release.
  • The song "Passion" was also released as a Promo DJ-Only 12" Single. It's basically a continuation of the ad-lib vocals where the LP version fades, continuing to a time length of 7:30. This extended version was a bonus track on the US 8-track release. Oddly, where the album version (and later CD version) timed out to 5:29, the 45RPM Single timed out to a few seconds longer of 5:35 (even though the label stated 5:29) making it essentially about :06 seconds longer than the album version. The Promo 45RPM Single/Radio Edit was shortened to 4:45, vividly editing the piano intro and going into a quick fade-out, just before the closing choruses. The B-side of the Radio Edit Promo was the 5:35 version, as was the B-side of the DJ-Only 12" Single.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  • Foolish Behaviour album liner notes. Warner Bros. 

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