ex foreigner singer Lou Gram Says ‘Greed’ is the reason he wasn’t listed as one of the songwriters for the band’s smash hit song “I want to know what love is”. Ballad of Power, Credit Only foreignerFounding Guitarist of Mick Jonesreleased in November 1984 as the lead single from the band’s fifth album, “Agent Provocateur”.
Gram Discusses his lack of contribution to the track in a brand new interview Meeting. Talking about his involvement “I want to know what love is” and another foreigner The smash hit of 1981 “Wait for a girl like you”he said (by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I did help co-write them, though I don’t get any credit ‘I want to know what love is’.
“I’ve always loved writing melodies and lyrics,” he continued. “I also love scheduling and everything that works. And [Mick] It is arranged master. So we wrote two songs together; [I’m] Very proud of them both.
“After we recorded the album, Mick I would sit down and we would make a list of songs and he would say, ‘What do you think you want from this song? I would say, ‘I think I contributed a lot to this. I would ask for about 40%.He said, “It’s okay.” And there are many songs like ‘hot-blooded’ things like that [split] 50-50 — a lot of song.and “Waiting for a Girl”, he does write most of it, but I also have a large part.I think that’s 65-30, then Ian McDonald There is also a point. I’m very good.
“But after ‘I want to know what love is’… Both of us… [Mick‘s] My home is about 15 minutes away. So I’ll drive to his house and we’ll write that song,” Gram explain. “Sometimes it’s just magic and then we creatively hit something that we can’t get to the next point. So we pretty much had to put the song on hold for a couple of weeks and then come back to it again. I think we’ve done our best to make it That song became what it was. At the end of that album, when it was time to decide what the percentage was, I wrote what I thought it should be, and then he wrote what he think it should be. I think I wrote 65-35 – 35 for me and 65 for him.I opened that little piece of paper [contained his note on] his thoughts [the correct split] Yes, he wrote 95-5. I was so shocked and devastated that he would think I had barely any contribution to that song.
“there’s still one [detail] For you,” Lou Add to. “[Mick] He was working with a studio choir when we recorded that song. I was in another studio and an engineer was singing the lead vocals. I did it myself – I did all the improv, I did all the emotional nuances and stuff. Usually, when I sing the intro to a song, especially one with that potentially important one, he’s right in the control room with every line of comments: “This could be better”, “You can do To this point, “You can do this. I did the whole thing myself when he was working with the choir. This ended up being the lead singer. I don’t even remember him saying, ‘Well done, Lou. But that’s the lead singer.I think it’s a pretty serious achievement for me, just relegated to [being] Five percent of the authors. That leaves us with a wedge, and that’s where the end begins.
“When the recording is done, we talk about who put what in the song and that’s what the split should be. We’re always within 5% to 10% in most cases and we’ll work it out. I say 65 – 35 – 65 for him, 35 for me – he came back with 95-5? I should get 25 [percent] Just for vocal performances. All I can think of is greed. This is a great song. We all knew it was going to be a smash. This is his chance to step on me.you know what i told him later [I saw his proposed split of] 95-5? I said, ‘Five, Mick? I said, ‘You should keep it. he made it. He didn’t say, ‘No. Please. Let’s fix it. I said, “After all the work I’ve done on this song, give me five percent?” I said, ‘You should keep it. And he said nothing. He just kept it all. Did you know that song brought in millions? Over the years, at least three or four artists who hit No. 1 with that song have covered the song. “
Gram the sound is foreigner‘s biggest hits, including “Felt like the first time” and “cold as ice” Beginning with the band’s self-titled debut in 1977, later songs such as “Blood” and “I want to know what love is”.
72 years old Gram remain foreigner 2002 forever, and has been battling health problems in recent years, including the removal of noncancerous tumors.He told Democrats and the Chronicle In 2018, he plans to retire, but remains with foreigner The band’s 40th anniversary was celebrated with several shows that year.
foreigner replace Gram and Kelly Hansen 2005. Jonesthe only remaining original member foreignerstarted having some health problems in 2011 and finally had heart surgery in 2012.
Gram and JonesJune 2013 Results “I want to know what love is” And “Jukebox Hero” exist Songwriters Hall of Fame In New York City, it marks the first time the two have performed together in a decade Gram remain foreigner the second time. Hansen He has led the group for the past 17 years.