Jones often had to stop sessions to get Ed back on track.

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Album number three, Head Games (September 1979), co-produced by Roy Thomas Baker, which was referred to by Gramm as their "grainiest" album, was also successful because of the thunderous "Dirty White Boy" and another title track hit "Head Games".

For Head Games, bassist Ed Gagliardi was replaced by Englishman Rick Wills.

But, due to the band's dissatisfaction with the results, the album was re-mixed back at Atlantic by Mick Jones, Iam Mc Donald and Jimmy Douglass.

Bud Prager signed on as the group's manager, a role he would continue in for the next 17 years. But after a show at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas on May 6, 1977, drummer Elliott injured his hand, prompting the band to call in Ian Wallace (ex-King Crimson) to play alongside Elliott on some of the dates until the hand was healed.

A name, "Trigger", was tentatively agreed to and was the name that appeared on their demo tape, but it was passed on by all the record companies it was delivered to.

John Kalodner, a former journalist and radio programmer who was working in A&R at Atlantic Records, happened to spot a tape on Atlantic president Jerry L.

In the liner notes for the 2000 release, Juke Box Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology, Jones went on to elaborate further: "Ian Mc Donald, who I consider a great musician and multi-instrumentalist, began to focus more and more on guitar playing, while I believed his true talent lay more in the dimensional and creative imagery he gave the first two albums.

Al Greenwood, our keyboard wiz and a very important part of the Foreigner sound at the beginning, had also started to focus more on songwriting.

We were really aware that Head Games didn't sell nearly as much as the first album or Double Vision. The song "Head Games" was banned by a lot of radio stations after the cover of the album came out. But in the Bible Belt, the cover of the cute little girl in the boys' bathroom erasing her number off the wall... A big deal was made out of that and it really hurt our sales." In September 1980, co-founders Al Greenwood and Ian Mc Donald were sacked as Jones wished to have more control over the band and write most of the music (along with Gramm).