Shortly after its release, Foreigner’s eponymous first album became one of the most successful debut albums ever; Spawning multiple hits, including “Cold As Ice,” and “Feels Like The First Time.” It would eventually go quadruple platinum selling over 4 million copies.

Although the band seemed to come out of nowhere, it was hardly the overnight success it seemed to be.  Foreigner was composed of seasoned musicians who had struggled many years trying to make it. A couple of its members were also former players in other bands that had made a name for themselves among rock critics and fans. Founding members Mick Jones (guitar and vocals) and Ian McDonald (guitar, keys, horns, and vocals) respectively played with Spooky Tooth and King Crimson early in their careers.

The band chose the name Foreigner because of their mixture of American and British members.