By Foreigner were enjoying the fruits of rock stardom, while also discovering the baggage that came with them. Despite this success, Mick Jones felt engrossed by behind-the-scenes stress. So it was an emotional time that stirred up a lot of things. As Jones began working with his fellow Foreigner bandmates on the track, he began envisioning a grand, overwhelming sound. Instead, a music industry friend suggest the New Jersey Mass Choir. I think my mother was actually in the studio too. Everybody was in tears and we rolled the tape and they nailed it the first time. Since then, the track has been embraced as one of the biggest ballads in rock history, with a bevy of artists covering and sampling the work. New Jersey Mass Choir The choir that was featured on the Foreigner track recorded their own version, also released in
It was released in November as the lead single from their fifth album, Agent Provocateur. The song hit number one in both the United Kingdom and the United States and is the group's biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band's best-known songs and most enduring radio hits, charting in the top 25 in , , and on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart. Mick Jones . It was Foreigner's first and only pop chart topper in either country, although the band had four number one Mainstream Rock hits and a number one Adult Contemporary radio hit in the US. This was the band's third of four number one singles on the Mainstream Rock chart. The song spent five weeks at number one in Australia and also hit the top of the charts in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden, peaking at number two in Switzerland and South Africa. The song has received positive retrospective reviews from critics, with Bret Adams of AllMusic writing: "It's not hard to see why it became Foreigner's first number one single. Its dreamy, hypnotic feel is due in part to Lou Gramm 's soulful lead vocals and the New Jersey Mass Choir's background vocals.
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Insomnia had its benefits for Mick Jones in the 80s. As night fell on the circus his life had become since Foreigner released their all-conquering album, 4 , in , the guitarist found himself with room to breathe and time to write. I consider it a gift that was sent through me. I think there was something bigger than me behind it. So it was an emotional time that stirred up a lot of things.
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