Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band currently consists of official members Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass, backing vocals), and touring member Daxx Nielsen (drums).
Artist: Cheap Trick
Title: At Budokan
Label: Epic Records
Catalog# EPC 86083
Cheap Trick at Budokan is a live album released by Cheap Trick in 1978 and their best-selling recording. It was ranked number 426 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time“.
While their records were entertaining and full of skillful pop, it wasn’t until At Budokan that Cheap Trick‘s vision truly gelled. Many of these songs, like “I Want You to Want Me” and “Big Eyes,” were pleasant in their original form, but seemed more like sketches compared to the roaring versions on this album. With their ear-shatteringly loud guitars and sweet melodies, Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade.
Cheap Trick found early success in Japan, and capitalized on this popularity by recording Cheap Trick at Budokan in Tokyo on April 28 and 30, 1978, with an audience of 12,000 screaming Japanese fans nearly drowning out the band at times. The album was intended for release only in Japan but with strong airplay of the promotional album From Tokyo to You, an estimated 30,000 import copies were sold in the United States and the album was released domestically in February 1979. The album also introduced two previously unreleased original songs, “Lookout” and “Need Your Love”.
1. Hello There (2:27)
2. Come On, Come On (3:03)
3. Lookout (3:15)
4. Big Eyes (3:47)
5. Need Your Love (9:07)
1. Ain’t That a Shame (5:10)
2. I Want You to Want Me (3:38)
3. Surrender (4:40)
4. Goodnight Now (2:42)
5. Clock Strikes Ten (4:11)
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