Agent Provocateur (album)

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Agent Provocateur
Foreigner - Agent Provocateur.JPG
Studio album by Foreigner
Released December 7, 1984
Recorded 1984 at The Hit Factory and Right Track Recording (New York, NY).
Genre Rock
Length 41:42
Label Atlantic
Producer Mick Jones, Alex Sadkin
Foreigner chronology
Agent Provocateur
Inside Information
Singles from Agent Provocateur
  1. "I Want to Know What Love Is"
    Released: November 13, 1984
  2. "That Was Yesterday"
    Released: February 1985
  3. "Reaction to Action"
    Released: April 1985
  4. "Growing Up the Hard Way"
    Released: May 1985
  5. "Down on Love"
    Released: September 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Agent Provocateur is the fifth studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released on December 7, 1984. The album was the band's first and only number one album in the United Kingdom, and it reached the top 5 in the United States. Although album sales were lower than their previous work in the U.S., it contains the band's biggest hit single, "I Want to Know What Love Is", which is their only #1 single in the UK and the U.S., staying at the top spot for three and two weeks respectively. The follow-up single, "That Was Yesterday", also proved to be a sizeable hit, peaking at #12 in the U.S. The album was certified Platinum in the UK by the BPI, and triple Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Tooth and Nail"Lou Gramm, Mick Jones3:54
2."That Was Yesterday"Jones, Gramm3:46
3."I Want to Know What Love Is"Jones5:00
4."Growing Up the Hard Way"Jones, Gramm4:18
5."Reaction to Action"Jones, Gramm3:57
6."Stranger in My Own House"Jones4:54
7."A Love in Vain"Jones, Gramm4:12
8."Down on Love"Jones, Gramm4:08
9."Two Different Worlds"Gramm4:28
10."She's Too Tough"Jones, Gramm3:07


Additional personnel


  • Producers: Mick Jones and Alex Sadkin
    • Trevor Horn originally worked as producer on the album, before leaving the project[3]
  • Chief Engineer: Frank Filipetti
  • Additional Engineers: Josh Abbey, Larry Alexander, Jason Corsaro, Joe Ferla and Howie Lindeman.
  • Assistant Engineers: Bobby Cohen, Tim Crich and Scott Mabuchi.
  • Original Mastering and Digital Remastering: Ted Jensen and George Marino at Sterling Sound, NYC.
  • Art Direction and Design: Bob Defrin
  • Management: Bud Prager, E.S.P. Management Ltd.

Critical reception[edit]

By the time of Agent Provocateur, Foreigner was frequently savaged by the contemporary rock music press. A review in Creem read: "On this, their latest excursion into the gaping jaws of pulverizing mediocrity, our boys continue to wrestle with an all-too-turgid identity crisis — they still can't decide whether it's stupider to aspire to poor man's Led Zep status or settle for being a weightier version of Chicago. Some swinging choice, huh? Either way they lose and this record is simply jammed with one dull defeat after another."[4]

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Agent Provocateur at AllMusic
  2. ^ RIAA database Archived May 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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  4. ^ Zeller, Craig (April 1985). "Foreigner: Agent Provocateur (Atlantic)"Paid subscription required. Creem. Retrieved July 25, 2018 – via Rock's Backpages. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "100 Albums" (PHP/PDF). RPM. 42 (3): 5. March 30, 1985. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé". InfoDisc (in French). Archived from the original (PHP) on 2008-08-20.  Find "FOREIGNER" under the drop-down menu to see statistics.
  9. ^ "Album – Foreigner, Agent Provocateur" (ASP). Media Control Charts (in German). Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Foreigner – Agent Provocateur (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ "All the Number One Albums: 1985". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Agent Provocateur – Foreigner". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  17. ^ "French album certifications – Foreigner – Agent Provocateur" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select FOREIGNER and click OK
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Foreigner; 'Agent Provocateur')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  19. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Foreigner; 'Agent Provocateur')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Foreigner – Agent Provocateur". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Agent Provocateur in the search field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Foreigner – Agent Provocateur". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH