Cheap Trick hit the scene in 1973, but mainly in their hometown rock scene of Chicago, Illinois. Their self-titled debut record didn’t land until 1977, which was quickly followed by their second studio album In Color that same year. Their hits like “He’s a Whore” and “Surrender” have made waves in the music world with psych-pop, punk, and new wave tones. Let’s take a look at the top five greatest hits from Cheap Trick. Fun Fact: April First has been named Cheap Trick Day in Illinois!
Ultimate Classic Rock called this tune “a rousing singalong anthem that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek examination of the culture clash between the World War II generation and their hairy, reefer-smoking kids.” Off their Heaven Tonight record from 1978, “Surrender” was written by the band’s lead guitarist and primary songwriter, Rick Nielsen.
“I Want You to Want Me”
Those who are not Cheap Trick fans probably didn’t know that the most popular version of this song was not the cut that appeared on the band’s second studio album In Color in 1977. It has been covered by dozens of artists since its release, including actress Lindsay Lohan back in 2005.
A song about nightmares, at best, “Dream Police” is the lead track off Cheap Tricks fourth studio album of the same name. It was their most commercially successful record, which was produced by Tom Werman who the band had worked with on several records before it.
This track has been interpreted in a handful of different ways, one even being that it has something to do with a negative look at education. Again, it was written by famed guitarist Rick Nielsen. Lyrics like “Elo kiddies / Elo kiddies
What ya gonna do when the lights start shining? / Elo kiddies, elo kiddies What ya gonna do when your head’s exploding?” certainly don’t leave much room for interpretation, but what do you think of it? Tell us in the comments below!
This catchy track was written by Nielsen and Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterson. It has a beautiful chord progression, with super pop-oriented vocal deliveries, and a grumbling chant of a hook. According to rock history, the lyrics were inspired by women the band had met in Canada, and apparently not about the south of the USA, but the south of Canada!