Today we travel back to a time when the message of a rock song was so urgent, it made band members pulse with energy as they belted it out. Maybe the message was “Someday Love Will Find You” or “You’re as Cold as Ice,” or even more urgent that that: “Urgent!” Yes, today we celebrate that dire word proclaimed by the band Foreigner in their 1981 hit.
You may know that the song is from the album 4, and that the track was a huge hit, yet not as big as the album’s next single, “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” But did you know that the synthesizer work of a not-yet-famous Thomas Dolby can be heard in the background of the song?! Or that Motown sax legend Junior Walker performed the track’s solo? Or that the video revealed an ideal hair length for lead singer Lou Gramm? Really–it looks so healthy and perfectly complements his handsome face!
Enjoy “Urgent” by Foreigner in the high-quality video below. If a TV-frame border and rolling credits interfere with your ability to enjoy the version I’ve posted (sorry, this was the clearest of the videos available), there’s another version here. Happy Friday–if you’re working, may you channel some of this urgency into a really productive day!