Album Art – Foreigner – Head Games

I’ve been in trouble since I don’t know when, I’m in trouble now and I know somehow I’ll find trouble again

This is where I’ll be talking about the Album Art that I like. That is one of the benefits of 12″ vinyl albums, the cool packaging that surrounded the record. Here I’ll research the creations that we all loved as children, teenagers, and adults. I’ll try to find as much information on the artists as I can.

Head Games is the third studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released on September 10, 1979, by Atlantic Records. The cover has a 14-year-old girl leaning on a urinal, in a men’s room, seemingly wiping maybe some graffiti off the stainless steel toilet stall side wall. Maybe somebody had written something bad about her there?

The model in the puerile photograph on the front cover portraying the seemingly upset young woman is an American actress and film producer, Lisanne Falk. She was born December 3, 1964, and is best known for her role as Heather McNamara in the 1989 film “Heathers” alongside Winona Ryder. Falk is a former child model who worked at the Ford Modeling Agency with a young Brooke Shields. Her modeling work was featured in the book “Lisanne: A Young Model”.

Many retailers, like Wal-Mart, refused to stock the album, and some radio stations wouldn’t play any songs from it, deeming the cover in poor taste. Responding to accusations of misogyny[1], the band often explained that they love women and that many of their songs are actually very flattering toward ladies.

There were some radio stations that wouldn’t play it, first of all, because of the cover, which they viewed as in bad taste. It’s a little bit out of line, but it’s not evil. And then second of all, ‘Dirty White Boy’ was the first single, and there were stations that perceived that as being in poor taste as well.

Lou Gramm

The hand-tinted photo scared up enough controversy on its own, but it swelled into a minor (pun intended) cause celebre when the girl was revealed to be Lisanne Frank, a Ford Agency model who had come up alongside Brooke Shields.

Do yourself and Foreigner a favor: ignore the vulgar front cover of this one and forget the wretched first side; start by playing the title tune, which is the opening cut on side two.

Joel Vance, Stereo Review, January 1980

Also like Brooke Shields, when Head Games came out, Lisanne was all of three years shy of even meeting the age laid out in the album’s FM-radio hit, “Seventeen.” Still, it was the ’70s, so the Head Games brouhaha barely cut through the anything-goes culture of the moment. The front cover photographer was Chris Callis.

There are some critics who didn’t like “Head Games” for one reason or another. Some didn’t like Dirty White Boy, others didn’t like the album’s title and others didn’t like the cover. Hey as we all know, you can’t really please everybody everytime. Thank goodness we’ve got two to three million good fans in America who stick by us.

Rick Wills – (bass, backing vocals) Fort Worth Sar-Telegram Sunday June 22, 1980


Footnotes
  1. Misogyny is the hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women, manifested in various forms such as physical intimidation and abuse, sexual harassment and rape, social shunning and ostracism, etc. Ingrained and institutionalized prejudice against women; sexism.



Sources

Songfacts
Wikipedia
Blabbermouth
Newspapers.com


Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: