Cheap Trick – All Shook Up (1980) – Lp
Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2016, the band currently consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), and Tom Petersson (bass).
Artist: Cheap Trick
Title: All Shook Up
Label: Epic Records
All Shook Up is a 1980 album by Cheap Trick. It was their fifth studio album and sixth release overall. It was produced by former Beatles producer George Martin. As such, this was the first album since their debut to be produced by someone other than Tom Werman.
All Shook Up was even quirkier than its predecessor, the platinum-selling Dream Police. Many of its songs were less radio friendly and more experimental, and the cover art, influenced by Magritte’s Time Transfixed, led many to question what the band was trying to accomplish. However, at the time, Cheap Trick had severed ties with long-time producer Tom Werman and took the opportunity to take their sound in a different direction. With the assistance of producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, many of the songs have a dimension not found on any other Cheap Trick album. “Stop This Game” was the only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but “Just Got Back” and “World’s Greatest Lover” continue to be fan favorites. “I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends” contains a lyrical reference to “Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School”, a song, released on the band’s 1977 debut album.
The band performed the songs “Baby Loves to Rock” and “Can’t Stop It But I’m Gonna Try” on the January 17, 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live.
There were several homages to The Beatles on this album. “Stop This Game” opens and closes with a droning guitar note similar to the piano chord that ends “A Day in the Life.” The bridge to “Baby Loves to Rock” features the line “Not in Russia!” with the sound of an airplane in the background, a subtle reference to “Back in the U.S.S.R.” “World’s Greatest Lover” has vocals reminiscent of John Lennon.
“World’s Greatest Lover” also cops the intro to “Big Balls“; Rick Nielsen wrote “Love Comes A-Tumblin’ Down” for the recently deceased Bon Scott.
“Go For the Throat (Use Your Own Imagination)” references “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)” by The Stranglers.
1. Stop This Game (3:54)
2. Just Got Back (2:04)
3. Baby Loves To Rock (3:17)
4. Can’t Stop It But I’m Gonna Try (3:30)
5. World’s Greatest Lover (4:50)
1. High Priest Of Rhythmic Noise (4:10)
2. Love Comes A-Tumblin’ Down (3:06)
3. I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends (3:49)
4. Go For The Throat (Use Your Own Imagination) (3:01)
5. Who D’ King 2:16