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Video of the Moment #396: Johnny Foreigner

By on Tuesday, 1st February 2011 at 6:00 pm

Birmingham’s Johnny Foreigner have a new promo video out for the oddly-titled tune ‘Harriet, By Proxy’. Forget the title, because you won’t soon forget the song. And wooo, Wrigley Field! (That’s in Chicago, by the way.)



Johnny Foreigner / November and December 2010 UK Tour

By on Friday, 8th October 2010 at 9:00 am

Brum’s Johnny Foreigner have announced a massive tour of the UK for November and December. Tickets are now on sale. Their forthcoming EP ‘You Thought You Saw A Shooting Star But Yr Eyes Were Blurred With Tears And That Lighthouse Can Be Pretty Deceiving With The Sky So Clear And Sea So Calm’ is due out in November.

Thursday 18th November 2010 – Reading Play
Friday 19th November 2010 – Northampton Labour Club
Saturday 20th November 2010 – Brighton Jam
Monday 22nd November 2010 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Tuesday 23rd November 2010 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Wednesday 24th November 2010 – London Barfly
Thursday 25th November 2010 – Guildford Boileroom
Friday 26th November 2010 – Nottingham Gatecrasher
Sunday 28th November 2010 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 29th November 2010 – York Stereo
Tuesday 30th November 2010 – Sheffield Harley
Wednesday 1st December 2010 – Birmingham Flapper
Friday 3rd December 2010 – Bristol Croft
Monday 6th December 2010 – Southampton Joiners
Tuesday 7th December 2010 – Leicester Sub91
Wednesday 8th December 2010 – Glasgow Nice N’ Sleazies
Thursday 9th December 2010 – Aberdeen Cafe Drummonds
Friday 10th December 2010 – Dundee Doghouse
Saturday 11th December 2010 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s


Samsung launch their own “Battle of the Bands” competition

By on Tuesday, 18th May 2010 at 12:00 pm

It’s that time of the year again with “Battle of the Bands” competitions are taking place to find the best in unsigned talent, offering everything from opening V Festival to opening a village fete. However, Samsung have launched their own Battle of the Bands competition offering the winners a rather impressive £10,000 worth of studio time. Here at TGTF we’ve been a big fan of the bands found through the likes of Road to V (Bombay Bicycle Club anyone?) and Orange UnsignedAct (Bo Bruce looks set to be a rising star of 2010), hopefully this one might find a new rising star.

The “Monte Battle of the Bands” (to give it its full name) events take place at three shopping centres – Westfield in Dudley (this weekend, 22nd-23rd May), The Centre:MK, Milton Keynes (Bank Holiday weekend, 29th-30th May) and Manchester’s Arndale (the following weekend, 5th-6th June). Each of the events will be headlined by a trio of ace bands – Johnny Foreigner (pictured top), Jonquil and Fran and Josh. Frankly, if the unsigned bands can play a shopping centre and not want to kill themselves, I think they deserve to be huge.

Those wishing to enter need to sign up and submit a video of their band performing – the best talent will then be invited to battle against each other and have their performances uploaded to the web site after the events. The public will then vote online to decide the overall winners who will receive £10,000 of production time at a “well renowned” recording studio.

To celebrate this rather fab competition, we’ll be (hopefully) giving away a brand new Samsung Monte later in the week.


Johnny Foreigner / February 2010 UK Tour (and Free EP)

By on Monday, 11th January 2010 at 11:00 am

Birmingham indie rock trio Johnny Foreigner have now made available a free EP called ‘The ‘Winterval EP’ on their Web site. The EP features three tracks: ‘Ghost The Festivals’, ‘Palace Fires’ and ‘Custom Scenes And The Parties That Make Them’.

The band have also announced a short tour of the UK for next month:

Monday 1st February 2010 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
Tuesday 2nd February 2010 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Wednesday 3rd February 2010 – Sheffield Harley
Friday 5th February 2010 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
Saturday 6th February 2010 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Sunday 7th February 2010 – London KCLSU


Video of the Moment #141: Johnny Foreigner

By on Tuesday, 22nd September 2009 at 6:00 pm


Johnny Foreigner – Criminals

These past few weeks I’ve been liking the DIY ethic / slightly chaotic vibe of Los Campesinos! So when I get sent a link to Johnny Foreigner’s new single, Criminals I was mightily impressed – for some derranged reason I thought they were a lot heavier sounding and not as fun, so I was very much taken with this vid when I got it in my inbox! Watch and enjoy.

Criminals is taken from Johnny Foreigner’s new album, Grace and the Bigger Picture which is out on 26th October. This video was directed by Left Eye Blind.


MP3 of the Day #84: Johnny Foreigner

By on Thursday, 2nd July 2009 at 10:00 am

Johnny Foreigner’s new album, ‘Grace And The Bigger Picture’ is out on 26th October and as a first peek, we have “Feels Like Summer” for you. Short ‘n’ sweet at under 2 minutes, it’s got no fat, and is great fun. Also, the video is below.

MP3: Johnny Foreigner – Feels Like Summer



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