Stranger in Town (Toto song)
|"Stranger in Town"|
|Single by Toto|
|from the album Isolation|
|B-side||"Change of Heart"|
|Writer(s)||David Paich, Jeff Porcaro|
|Toto singles chronology|
It was the first single released from that album, reaching the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1984. The song was the band's highest-ever charting Mainstream Rock track, eventually peaking at number 7. It was also a Top 40 single in Australia, where it remains the fourth highest charting single by Toto, behind only "Hold the Line", "Rosanna", and "Africa". The song was written by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, and features Paich on lead vocals. Though Bobby Kimball is officially credited as a guest musician on the album, having been fired from Toto, "Stranger in Town" was recorded while he was still a member of the group.
The music video (directed by Steve Barron) and lyrics to the song are based on the film Whistle Down The Wind, about an escaped convict who runs into a group of children that mistake him for Jesus. Actor Brad Dourif plays the convict, and new member Fergie Frederiksen appears as a murder victim. Dourif and Toto would also work on the movie Dune that same year.
The band appears briefly in the music video at the 2 minute 30 second mark of the song. It is the only time in the video that they appear.
- Steve Lukather - guitars, backing vocals
- David Paich - lead and backing vocals, synthesizer
- Steve Porcaro - synthesizer
- Mike Porcaro - bass
- Jeff Porcaro - drums, percussion
- Fergie Frederiksen - backing vocals
- Mike Cotten - synthesizer
- Tom Scott - saxophone
- Gene Morford - bass vocal
- Bobby Kimball - backing vocal
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