Dirty White Boy (song)

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"Dirty White Boy"
Foreigner - Dirty White Boy b-w Rev On The Red Line (1979) NL.JPG
Single by Foreigner
from the album Head Games
B-side "Rev On The Red Line"
Released August 1979 (1979-08)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded early 1979
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:13 (single)
3:37 (album)
Label Atlantic
Foreigner singles chronology
"Love Has Taken Its Toll"
"Dirty White Boy"
"Head Games"
"Love Has Taken Its Toll"
"Dirty White Boy"
"Head Games"

"Dirty White Boy" is a song recorded by British-American rock band Foreigner, written by Lou Gramm, Mick Jones, and produced by Roy Thomas Baker, Jones, and Ian McDonald. It was the first single taken from the band's third studio album, Head Games (1979). The B-side, "Rev On The Red Line" has also proven to be very popular among fans,[citation needed] but was never released as an A-side single on its own. Lou Gramm's trademark scream at the end of the song is missing from this abbreviated version of "Dirty White Boy".[citation needed] Jones has claimed that the song was about Elvis Presley, adding that "he always was that dirty white boy who changed the shape of music completely. It was talking about the kind of heritage that he left, and I think that had an effect on all the musicians that came after, like Mick Jagger - he was also a dirty white boy. Elvis paved the way for all that."[1]

Popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V on the in-game radio station Los Santos Rock Radio.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dirty White Boy" - 3:13
  2. "Rev on the Red Line" - 3:35

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles[3] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 12


  1. ^ "Dirty White Boy by Foreigner Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Foreigner - Dirty White Boy/Rev On The Red Line (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Artist Chart History - Foreigner". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 

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