During a conversation with Monsters, Madness And Magic, singer Lou Gramm discussed Foreigner’s 1984 hit, ”I Want To Know What Love Is” and accused former bandmate, Mick Jones of royalty fraud for trying to get almost all the income from the track.
Here’s what Gramm said about this topic:
“When we were recording that album, at the end of completion of every song, Mick and I would sit down at a table, and on a little piece of paper, we would write out what we thought the split was for the song between the two of us as writers, and we’d done that from album one.
”So, like, ‘Hot Blooded’ was 50-50, ‘Double Vision’ was 60 for Mick, 40 for me. And other songs had different, different splits.
He went on:
“And I wrote 60 for Mick, 40 for me, and I slid that piece of paper over to him, and he slid one over to me. Do you know what he had on it? 95-5 for him. We had worked on that song since it was just a little tiny idea for weeks and weeks and weeks until it became a song.
”I was involved in the melody in the arrangement of the song, and I sang the ad-libs, and I sang the hell out of the song. And his best offer was 95-5. I was insulted, I was angry, and I knew right away why it was.”