Foolish Behaviour

Foolish Behaviour is Rod Stewart's tenth studio album released on 21 November 1980 (see 1980 in music) and on the Riva label in the United Kingdom (RVLP 11) and on Warner Bros. Records in both The United States (HS 3485) and Germany (WB 56 865). The tracks were recorded at The Record Plant Studios and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles from February to September, 1980. "Passion", "My Girl", "Somebody Special" and "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" were released as singles.

Foolish Behaviour
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Studio album by
Released21 November 1980
RecordedNovember–December 1979; February–September 1980
GenreRock, pop rock
LabelRiva, Warner Bros. Records
ProducerHarry the Hook, The Rod Stewart Group, Jeremy Andrew Johns (except "She Won’t Dance With Me" – Tom Dowd)
Rod Stewart chronology
Rod Stewart Greatest Hits Vol.1
Foolish Behaviour
Tonight I'm Yours
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

The video to another song on the album, "She Won't Dance With Me", was the third video to be played on MTV when it launched 1 August 1981. The lyrics contain the use of the word "fuck" which remained unedited in the video.[3]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Rod Stewart, Phil Chen, Kevin Savigar, Jim Cregan and Gary Grainger; except where noted.

Side one

  1. "Better off Dead" (Stewart, Chen, Savigar, Carmine Appice) – 3:07
  2. "Passion" – 5:29
  3. "Foolish Behaviour" – 4:24
  4. "So Soon We Change" – 3:44
  5. "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" – 5:02

Side two

  1. "Gi’ Me Wings" – 3:47
  2. "My Girl" (Stewart, Chen, Savigar, Cregan, Grainger, Appice) – 4:27
  3. "She Won’t Dance with Me" (Stewart, Jorge Ben) – 2:30
  4. "Somebody Special" (Stewart, Chen, Savigar, Cregan, Steve Harley) – 4:29
  5. "Say It Ain’t True" – 4:02

German cassette release bonus track

  1. "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" (Live) (Willie Dixon)
  • The song "Passion" was also released as a Promo DJ-Only 12" Single. It's basically a continuation of the ad-lib vocals where the LP version fades, continuing to a time length of 7:30. This extended version was a bonus track on the US 8-track and US cassette releases. Oddly, where the album version (and later CD version) timed out to 5:29, the 45RPM Single timed out to a few seconds longer of 5:35 (even though the label stated 5:29) making it essentially about :06 seconds longer than the album version. The Promo 45RPM Single/Radio Edit was shortened to 4:45, vividly editing the piano intro and going into a quick fade-out, just before the closing choruses. The B-side of the Radio Edit Promo was the 5:35 version, as was the B-side of the DJ-Only 12" Single.



Foolish Behaviour peaked at No. 4 in the UK and at No. 12 on the US charts. It went platinum on 8 January 1981 in the UK and on 4 March 1981 in the US. The album contained one popular single, "Passion", which reached No. 5 on the singles chart in the US.

Year Song Rank
1980 "Passion" 17 (UK), 5 (US), 13 (GER)
1980 "My Girl" 32 (UK)
1981 "Somebody Special" 71 (US)
1981 "Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight" 74 (GER)


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[5] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[6] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rod Stewart – Foolish Behaviour". Music Canada. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: Albums". Retrieved 17 October 2019. (select "Rod Stewart" from drop-down list)
  6. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Rod Stewart – Foolish Behaviour". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Rod Stewart – Foolish Behaviour". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 October 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Foolish Behaviour in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Rod Stewart – Foolish Behaviour". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 17 October 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  • Foolish Behaviour album liner notes. Warner Bros.

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