Head Games

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Head Games
Studio album by Foreigner
Released September 11, 1979
Recorded June – July 1979
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 38:13
Label Atlantic
Producer Roy Thomas Baker, Mick Jones, Ian McDonald
Foreigner chronology
Double Vision
(1978)
Head Games
(1979)
4
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Head Games is the third studio album by Anglo American rock band Foreigner, released in 1979. It charted at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has sold over five million copies in the US alone. The album’s cover depicts a seemingly upset young woman (portrayed by actress Lisanne Falk) in a men's restroom. The title track and "Dirty White Boy" were the album's big hits, peaking at #14 and #12, respectively. This was the album in which Rick Wills replaced Ed Gagliardi as bassist. It was the band's only album produced by Roy Thomas Baker, best known for producing Queen's classic albums.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dirty White Boy" (Lou Gramm, Mick Jones) – 3:37
  2. "Love on the Telephone" (Jones, Gramm) – 3:18
  3. "Women" (Jones) – 3:25
  4. "I'll Get Even with You" (Jones) – 3:40
  5. "Seventeen" (Jones, Gramm) – 4:43
  6. "Head Games" (Gramm, Jones) – 3:37
  7. "The Modern Day" (Jones) – 3:26
  8. "Blinded by Science" (Jones) – 4:54
  9. "Do What You Like" (Ian McDonald, Gramm) – 3:58
  10. "Rev on the Red Line" (Gramm, Al Greenwood) – 3:35

2002 CD Remaster[edit]

Atlantic/Rhino remastered Head Games on CD in 2002,[2][3] adding a bonus track:

11. "Zalia" (McDonald, Gramm) - 2:34 [4]

Remastering was done by Dan Hersch at DigiPrep, Los Angeles.[5]

The cover art features the tiles of the five A-side tracks of Head Games as graffiti on the bathroom stall. Curiously, "Double Vision" is also seen written, a song not on the album, having been released on their previous album also titled Double Vision.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[6] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 5

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Dirty White Boy" Pop Singles 12
"Head Games" Pop Singles 14
1980 "Women" Pop Singles 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ Head Games at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CD remastered 2002 on MusicBrainz". musicbrainz.org. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  3. ^ "CD remastered 2002 on Discogs". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  4. ^ Template:Title=CD catalog
  5. ^ Template:Title=Ibid, page 15
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Foreigner – Head Games". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH