Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick


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Cheap Trick is a US rock band formed in the 1970s. They created a substantial fan base by creating a new form of music of power pop with an edge of metal. Some may even go as far as to call Cheap Trick the new version of The Beatles.more


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  • Trivia

    • Kurt Cobain once joked about Nirvana: "We sound just like Cheap Trick, only the guitars are louder."

    • Bands citing Cheap Trick as an influence include The Datsuns, Enuff Z'nuff, Everclear, Extreme, Fountains of Wayne, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Green Day, OK Go, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pink Spiders, Terrorvision, Weezer, among others.

    • Bun E. Carlos put together the short-lived Bun E. Carlos Experience, which included Jon Brandt on bass Jon replaced Tom Petersson in Cheap Trick in the mid '80s.

    • Bun E. Carlos has recorded and written songs for many Rockford bands, such as Mark Willer and The Blues Hawks.

    • Bun E. Carlos is an avid collector of vintage drums and buys, sells, and trades with a few other Rockford, Illinois traders, mainly Randy Rainwater. Their collections can be seen each year at drum shows in the Midwest.

    • Bun E. Carlos has played with many different commercial drum accessories, including Ludwig and Slingerland Radio King drums, Zildjian cymbals, rare Billy Gladstone snare drums, and Capella drum sticks.

    • Tom Petersson used 12-string basses made by Kids (a Japanese guitar maker), Chandler, and signature models from Waterstone as well as an impressive array of 4, 5 and 8 stringed basses from other guitar makers.

    • Tom Petersson is generally credited for having the initial idea for a 12-string bass. He previously had used a Gibson Thunderbird, and Alembic and Hagstrom 8-string basses. He asked Jol Dantzig of Hamer Guitars to make a 12-string bass. The company initially made him a 10-string bass. Following the successful trial use of that bass, the prototype 12-string bass, The Hamer 'Quad', was produced.

    • Hamer has made unique five-necked guitars and electric mandocellos for Rick Nielsen.

    • Rick Nielsen is an avid collector who, despite rationalizing his guitar collection, still has over 250 pieces in his possession. He has collaborated with Hamer on trademark 'themed' guitars, some based on Cheap Trick albums such as Rockford, The Doctor, and even songs such as "Gonna Raise Hell."

    • Robin Zander has played a 1950's Rickenbacker Combo 450 Mapleglo since the late 1970s, as well as a Hamer 12-string guitar, a Gibson Firebird, and various Fender Telecaster-styled guitars.

    • Cheap Trick's album Cheap Trick at Budokan elevated the status of Budokan as a premier venue for rock concerts.

    • In 2008, Legacy Recordings revealed they were planning to re-issue the remainder of Cheap Trick's Sony-owned catalog.

    • In October of 2008, Rick Nielsen announced that several Cheap Trick releases were in store for the future, including a new album produced by Julian Raymond, and the re-recorded version of In Color.

    • In 2008, Rock Band 2 featured the unreleased 1998 re-recorded version of "Hello There" as a playable track. It was also used for the game's opening sequence.

    • In 2008, the song "Dream Police" was featured as a playable track in the hit video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

    • On November 11th, Cheap Trick released At Budokan: 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition, a box set that featured three CD's of the band's two concerts at Budokan recorded on April 28th and 30th, 1978. A bonus DVD was included. It contained concert footage that originally aired on Japanese television, plus bonus features including footage from their return to Budokan for the original album's 30th anniversary.

    • On July 5th, Rick Nielsen announced to the crowd of the concert in Milwaukee, that the show was being recorded for a future CD and/or DVD release.

    • On April 24th, Cheap Trick played live at the Budokan for the 30th anniversary of the 1978 album Live at Budokan.

    • In 2008, Cheap Trick were selected to be featured in the John Varvatos Spring/Summer 2008 clothing ad campaign. The black and white commercial put the group on a boardwalk with bicycles, the filming backdrop was a beach for a very modern look for the band. Their song, "California Man," was used for the ad.

    • The Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences honored Cheap Trick at the 2007 Recording Academy Honors event in Chicago on October 11, 2007. Nielsen and Carlos were on hand to receive the award, which was presented to them by Steve Albini.

    • In August of 2007, Cheap Trick honored the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by playing the album in its entirety with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Edwin Outw@ter along with guest vocalists including Joan Osborne and Aimee Mann.

    • On June 19, 2007, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Resolution 255, which designated April 1 of every year as Cheap Trick Day in the State of Illinois.

    • In 2006, Cheap Trick appeared in a McDonald's advertising campaign called "This Is Your Wake-Up Call."

    • In 2006, "Surrender" was featured as a playable track in the hit video game Guitar Hero II. That same year, Dream Police and All Shook Up were re-issued in remastered form with bonus tracks, and One On One and Next Position Please (The Authorized Version) were released as digital downloads.

    • Cheap Trick promoted Rockford through appearances on the Sirius and XM satellite radio networks and a North American tour.

    • The first single from Rockford was "Perfect Stranger." It was produced by Linda Perry and co-written by Cheap Trick and Perry.

    • In April, 2005, Cheap Trick released the five-track Sessions@AOL EP for digital download.

    • In late 2003, Bun E. Carlos starred in a Target commercial with Torry Castellano, drummer of The Donnas.

    • By the end of 2003, Japan had released Cheap Trick's entire catalog between 1980 and 1990 in remastered form.

    • In 2003, Cheap Trick toured with Cake on the Unlimited Sunshine Tour.

    • Cheap Trick was featured in the movie Daddy Day Care to sing "Surrender" at the fair.

    • The album Special One featured all acoustic-based songs except for "Scent of a Woman." "Scent of a Woman" was the only single for the album.

    • Cheap Trick spent a good part of 2001 writing songs and about six weeks of pre-production to put together their first studio album in six years, Special One released in May 2003. At the same time, the band brought their record label to Big3 Entertainment.

    • In early 2000, Cheap Trick entered into a license with the now-defunct to directly download and create custom CDs for over 50 songs.

    • Cheap Trick revealed in an interview that a rarities album was in the works and initially planned for release in early 2000. The album was never released.

    • In 1998, Cheap Trick began re-recording their second album, In Color, as well as a handful of other miscellaneous tracks. The recordings were not finished and were never officially released, but they were leaked onto the internet.

    • While touring in 1998, Music for Hangovers was created. It even featured The Smashing Pumpkins on two of the tracks. The album received much criticism and was sold on for eight weeks before the store release. To support the record they toured with Guided By Voices, and also played a concert with Pearl Jam.

    • In 1998, Cheap Trick toured behind the re-mastered re-releases of Budokan: The Complete Concert and their first three albums.

    • In 1998, Cheap Trick established their own record label: Cheap Trick Unlimited.

    • The same year Cheap Trick signed on to Red Ant Records, the parent company, Alliance Entertainment Corporation, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The future of the label was uncertain.

    • In 1997, Cheap Trick signed a contract with Red Ant Records. Hoping to re-introduce themselves to the new generation, they released Cheap Trick, which was very similar is every way to the previous album 20 years previously. The album was widely acclaimed, but the single, "Say Goodbye," only reached #119 on the charts.

    • In 1996, Epic Records released Sex, America, Cheap Trick, a four disc box set that included dozens of rare and unreleased studio and live recordings along with some of the band's singles and favorites. However, the collection was heavily criticized because it lacked several of Cheap Trick's most well-known songs.

    • Cheap Trick released a 7 inch vinyl single Baby Talk/Brontosaurus on a Seattle-based Indie label called Sub Pop Records in 1996.

    • In 1996, Cheap Trick independently released Gift, a two track Christmas CD that benefited Chicago-area charities.

    • Cheap Trick influenced bands such as the Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. In the 1990s, Cheap Trick toured with some of them.

    • After the parting with Warner Bros. Records, Cheap Trick spent time strengthening their live shows (which were near legendary) and released their new recordings to independent labels instead of major companies.

    • Cheap Trick contributed a cover of John Lennon's song "Cold Turkey" on the album Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon.

    • Noticeable changes appeared in the music and appearance after the release of Woke Up With a Monster. The style of music turned more to the "grunge" side, due to producer Ted Templeman's much criticized heavy-handed production. Rick Nielsen grew a once trademark goatee, and Robin Zander's voice grew noticeably deeper.

    • Woke Up With A Monster was the first album to be sold under Warner Bros. Records. It's first single reached #16 on the US Mainstream Rock charts, but the album's sales were poor, and it peaked at only #123.

    • Cheap Trick switched to Warner Bros. Records after Epic Records' failure with Busted. The partnership was shortlived, however.

    • Sony Music put Cheap Trick's name on several budget compilations including "Voices," "I Want You To Want Me," and "Don't Be Cruel" without Cheap Trick's knowledge or consent.

    • Robin Zander released his debut solo record on Interscope, produced by Jimmy Iovine. Guitarist Mike Campbell, best known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, collaborated with Zander on most of the album's tracks. The album was largely unsuccessful, but the single "I've Always Got You" reached #13 on the US Mainstream Rock chart.

    • Budokan II was released in 1993. It included tracks that were left out of the original live album, and three extra tracks from the follow-up tour in 1979. The release wasn't authorized by Cheap Trick, and is long out of print.

    • In 1991, Cheap Trick's Greatest Hits was released. It included twelve of the band's most successful or popular singles and one new track, a cover of The Beatles song Magical Mystery Tour, which was an outtake from the Lap of Luxury sessions.

    • "Back N' Blue" from Busted reached #32 on the US Mainstream Rock charts.

    • The first single from Busted, "Can't Stop Falling Into Love," reached #12 on the charts, but failed to reach as high on the charts as the label expected. The second single, that Diane Warren wrote, "Wherever Would I Be," only made it to #50.

    • Lap of Luxury went platinum and became recognized as Cheap Trick's comeback album.

    • "The Flame" was issued as the first single for Lap of Luxury and became the band's first-ever #1 single. The second single, a cover of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel," also reached the top 10. Three other singles from the album were "Ghost Town," "Never Had A Lot To Lose," and "Let Go." They also made the charts.

    • Petersson rejoined Cheap Trick in 1987 in time to help record 1988's Lap of Luxury.

    • The Doctor is considered Cheap Trick's worst album. This is due to the synthesizers and computer-programmed sound effects that drowned out most of the prominent instruments; including the guitar. Others blame the record label's failure to properly advertise the album.

    • Cheap Trick utilized female back-up vocalists for the first time in their album The Doctor.

    • The Doctor turned out to be the final album with Jon Brant as bassist.

    • In 1986, Cheap Trick recorded "Mighty Wings", the end-title cut for the film Top Gun.

    • Two singles from Standing on the Edge, "Little Sister," and "How About You," failed to chart.

    • The first single from Standing on the Edge, "Tonight It's You", reached #8 on the Billboard's Top Rock Tracks chart and the video received heavy rotation on MTV.

    • Standing on the Edge featured Mark Radice on keyboards, and he was later enlisted to assist in the songwriting process.

    • Standing on the Edge was called Cheap Trick's "best collection of bubblegum bazooka rock in years."

    • In 1984, Cheap Trick recorded the title track to the Tim Matheson comedy Up The Creek, which Neilsen later called "one of the worst" songs he'd ever written. The track reached #36 on Billboard's Top Tracks but was off the chart after two weeks.

    • Cheap Trick was forced to record "Dancing the Night Away" by Epic Records because they were desperate to have a hit from the band.

    • "If You Want My Love" and "She's Tight" from the album One on One both received heavy rotation on MTV.

    • In July 1981, CBS Inc. sued Cheap Trick and their manager Ken Adamany for $10 million, alleging they were attempting to coerce CBS to re-negotiate their contract and had refused to record any new material for the label since October 1980. The lawsuit was settled in early 1982.

    • "Reach Out" was written by Comita and Bob James, but Comita left the band after a only few months, during pre-production of the band's next album, One on One.

    • "I'm The Man," "Born To Raise Hell," and "Ohm Sweet Ohm," were featured in the film Rock & Rule. "Reach Out" and "I Must Be Dreamin'" were featured in the film Heavy Metal.

    • Before the release of All Shook Up, Petersson left the group to record a solo album with his wife, Dagmar.

    • Many fans thought All Shook Up was too weird and experimental.

    • All Shook Up was produced by former Beatles producer George Martin. It reached #24 on the charts.

    • When Dream Police was released in 1979, critics believed the band may be declining in quality.

    • "I Want You To Want Me" reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Cheap Trick's biggest-selling single. "Ain't That A Shame" peaked at #35.

    • Cheap Trick at Budokan went into Triple Platinum in the US.

    • In April 1978, Cheap Trick recorded their first live album for their loyal Japanese fans at the Nippon Budokan. The show was released as a live album titled Cheap Trick at Budokan, which was intended to be exclusive to Japan. However, the album suddenly became a popular import in the United States, and demand for the album became so great that Epic Records finally issued the album in the US in 1979.

    • Cheap Trick toured in Japan for the first time in 1978. When they first arrived, they were received in a similar fashion to how the Beatles were received when they first came to the US.

    • Cheap Trick, In Color, and Heaven Tonight failed to make it into the Top 40 in the US. However, all 3 albums became gold records in Japan.

    • Heaven Tonight became Cheap Trick's first Gold record in the USA. It also helped cement Cheap Trick's status in Japan.

    • "Surrender" is said to be the teen anthem. It was issued as the first single from Heaven Tonight and was the band's first single to chart in the US, peaking at #62.

    • For the third album, Heaven Tonight, Tom Petersson switched to the 12-string bass guitar, making Heaven Tonight the first album ever recorded with a 12-string bass.

    • When the band's second album, In Color did not sell very many copies, producer Tom Werman tried to remake the song "I Want You To Want Me" by adding piano. Cheap Trick was furious.

    • In Color didn't do quite well in the U.S., but it made the band superstars in Japan, where the album went gold and "Clock Strikes Ten" became a number one single.

    • Cheap Trick played as many as 250 shows a year.

    • Cheap Trick performed shows for The Kinks, Queen, Boston, Santana, and Kiss while they toured.

    • Cheap Trick - the band's first album - got great reviews, but did not sell many copies. Oh Candy, the single they issued along with the album, did not chart.

    • Cheap Trick's first producer was Jack Douglas at Epic Records. He is best known for his work with Aerosmith.

    • Cheap Trick performed in areas around Chicago, Madison, and Rockford when they were first formed.

    • Nielson and Petersson formed Fuse in 1967. They released one record, but it was generally ignored. Frustrated, the pair included Bun E. Carlos on drums and moved to Philadelphia in 1971. After spending a year in Europe, Nielsen and Petersson returned to Rockford and reunited with Carlos.

    • In 1961, Nielsen played locally in Rockford, Illinois, utilizing a collection of rare and valuable guitars. He formed several local bands with names like The Phaetons, The Boyz, and The Grim Reapers.

    • Cheap Trick was ranked #25 in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

    • Cheap Trick is most popular in Japan, where they have remained popular superstars since their first album. In the Japanese press, they are referred to as the "American Beatles."

    • Cheap Trick wrote and sang "Baby Muggles," which is the theme song for The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

    • The Los Angeles Times has remarked that "Cheap Trick gained fame by twisting the Beatlesque into something shinier, harder, more American."

    • The Labels Cheap Trick used over the years include: Epic, Warner Bros, Red Aunt, and Big3.

    • At Budokan: The Complete Concert (1998)

      Disc 1
      1. Hello There
      2. Come On, Come On
      3. ELO Kiddies
      4. Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
      5. Big Eyes
      6. Lookout
      7. Downed
      8. Can't Hold On
      9. Oh Caroline
      10. Surrender
      11. Auf Wiedersehen

      Disc 2
      1. Need Your Love
      2. High Roller - Cheap Trick, Zander, Robin
      3. Southern Girls
      4. I Want You To Want Me
      5. California Man - Cheap Trick, Wood, Roy
      6. Goodnight
      7. Ain't That A Shame - Cheap Trick, Domino, Fats
      8. Clock Strikes Ten

    • Standing On The Edge (1985)

      1. Little Sister
      2. Tonight It's You
      3. She's Got Motion
      4. Love Comes
      5. How About You 6. Standing on the Edge
      7. This Time Around
      8. Rock All Night
      9. Cover Girl
      10. Wild Wild Women

    • Busted (1990)

      1. Back N' Blue
      2. I Can't Understand It
      3. Wherever Would I Be
      4. If You Need Me
      5. Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love
      6. Busted
      7. Walk Away
      8. You Drive, I'll Steer
      9. When You Need Someone
      10. Had To Make You Mine
      11. Rock N' Roll Tonight

    • The Doctor (1986)

      1. It's Up To You
      2. Rearview Mirror Romance
      3. Doctor
      4. Are You Lonely Tonight
      5. Name of the Game
      6. Kiss Me Red
      7. Take Me To The Top
      8. Good Girls Go To Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)
      9. Man-U-Lip-U-Lator
      10. It's Only Love

    • Music For Hangovers (1999)

      1. Oh Claire
      2. Surrender
      3. Hot Love
      4. I Can't Take It
      5. I Want You To Want Me
      6. Taxman, Mr. Thief
      7. Mandocello
      8. Oh Caroline
      9. How Are You?
      10. If You Want My Love
      11. Dream Police
      12. So Good To See You
      13. The Ballad of TV Violence
      14. Gonna Raise Hell

    • Rockford (2006)

      1. Welcome to the World
      2. Perfect Stranger
      3. If It Takes a Lifetime
      4. Come On Come On Come On
      5. O Claire
      6. This Time You Got It
      7. Give It Away
      8. One More Day
      9. Every Night and Every Day
      10. Dream the Night Away
      11. All Those Years
      12. Decaf

    • Special One (2003)

      1. Scent of a Woman
      2. Too Much
      3. Special One
      4. Pop Drone
      5. My Obsession
      6. Words
      7. Sorry Boy
      8. Best Friend
      9. If I Could
      10. Low Life in High Heels
      11. Hummer

    • Woke Up With A Monster (1994)

      1. My Gang
      2. Woke Up With a Monster
      3. You're All I Wanna Do
      4. Never Run Out of Love
      5. Didn't Know I Had It
      6. Ride the Pony
      7. Girlfriends
      8. Let Her Go
      9. Tell Me Everything
      10. Cry Baby
      11. Love Me For a Minute

    • Lap of Luxury (1988)

      1. Let Go
      2. No Mercy
      3. The Flame
      4. Space
      5. Never Had A Lot To Lose
      6. Don't Be Cruel
      7. Wrong Side of Love
      8. All We Need is a Dream
      9. Ghost Town
      10. All Wound Up

    • Next Position Please (1983)

      1. I Can't Take It
      2. Borderline
      3. I Don't Love Her Anymore
      4. Next Position Please
      5. Younger Girls
      6. Dancing the Night Away
      7. You Talk Too Much
      8. 3-D
      9. You Say Jump
      10. Y.O.Y.O.Y
      11. Won't Take No For An Answer
      12. Heaven's Falling
      13. Invaders of the Heart
      14. Don't Make Our Love A Crime

    • One On One (1982)

      1. I Want You
      2. One On One
      3. If You Want My Love
      4. Oo la la La
      5. Lookin' Out For Number One
      6. She's Tight
      7. Time Is Runnin'
      8. Saturday At Midnight
      9. Love's Got a Hold On Me
      10. I Want Be Man
      11. Four Letter Word

    • All Shook Up (1980)

      1. Stop This Game
      2. Just Got Back
      3. Baby Loves to Rock
      4. Can't Stop It But I'm Gonna Try
      5. World's Greatest Lover
      6. High Priest of Rhythmic Noise
      7. Love Comes A-Tumblin' Down
      8. I Love You Honey, But I Hate Your Friends
      9. Go For the Throat (Use Your Own Imagination)
      10. Who d' King

    • I Want You To Want Me (1992)

      1. Surrender
      2. Big Eyes
      3. You Say Jump
      4. Younger Girls
      5. I Want You To Want Me
      6. Heaven Tonight
      7. If You Want My Love
      8. Day Tripper
      9. Dream Police

    • Greatest Hits (1991)

      1. Magical Mystery Tour
      2. Dream Police
      3. Don't Be Cruel
      4. Tonight It's You
      5. She's Tight
      6. I Want You To Want Me [Live]
      7. If You Want My Love
      8. Ain't That a Shame [Live]
      9. Surrender
      10. The Flame
      11. I Can't Take It
      12. Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love
      13. Voices

    • The Essential Cheap Trick (2004)

      1. ELO Kiddies [Singles Version]
      2. Hot Love
      3. He's a Whore
      4. Mandocello [Live]
      5. Clock Strikes Ten
      6. Southern Girls [Single Version]
      7. Downed
      8. Hello There
      9. Surrender
      10. California Man
      11. High Roller
      12. Auf Wiedersehn
      13. I Want You To Want Me [Live]
      14. Ain't That a Shame
      15. Takin' Me Back
      16. Dream Police
      17. Voices
      18. Gonna Raise Hell [Live]
      19. Way of the World
      20. Stop This Game
      21. World's Greatest Lover
      22. Everything Works If You Let It [Full Version]
      23. She's Tight
      24. If You Want My Love [Alternate, Extra Bridge Version]
      25. I Can't Take It
      26. Tonight It's You
      27. This Time Around
      28. The Flame
      29. Had To Make You Mine
      30. I Can't Understand It
      31. Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love
      32. Walk Away
      33. Woke Up With A Monster
      34. Hard to Tell [Live]
      35. Say Goodbye
      36. Scent of a Woman

    • Cheap Trick (1977)

      1. ELO Kiddies
      2. Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School
      3. Taxman, Mr. Thief
      4. Cry, Cry
      5. Oh, Candy
      6. Hot Love
      7. Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
      8. He's a Whore
      9. Mandocello
      10. The Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)
      11. Lovin' Money [Outtake]
      12. I Want You To Want Me [Early Version]
      13. Lookout [Previously Unreleased Studio Version]
      14. You're All Talk [Previously Unreleased Studio Version]
      15. I Dig Go-Go Girls

    • At Budokan (1979)

      1. Hello There
      2. Come On, Come On
      3. Lookout
      4. Big Eyes
      5. Need Your Love
      6. Ain't That a Shame
      7. I Want You To Want Me
      8. Surrender
      9. Goodnight
      10. Clock Strikes Ten

    • Dream Police (1979)

      1. Dream Police
      2. Way of the World
      3. The House is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)
      4. Gonna Raise Hell
      5. I'll Be With You Tonight
      6. Voices
      7. Writing on the Wall
      8. I Know What You Want
      9. Need Your Love

    • Silver (2001)

      1. Ain't That a Shame
      2. I Want You To Want Me
      3. Oh, Candy
      4. That 70's Song
      5. Voices
      6. If You Want My Love
      7. She's Tight
      8. Can't Stop Falling In Love
      9. Gonna Raise Hell
      10. I Can't Take It
      11. Take Me To The Top
      12. It All Comes Back To You
      13. Tonight It's You
      14. Time Will Let You Know
      15. World's Greatest Lover
      16. The Flame
      17. Stop This Game
      18. Dream Police
      19. I Know What I Want
      20. Woke Up With A Monster
      21. Never Had A Lot To Lose
      22. You're All Talk
      23. I'm Losin' You
      24. Hard to Tell
      25. Oh Claire
      26. Surrender
      27. Just Got Back
      28. Day Tripper
      29. Who d' King

    • Heaven Tonight (1978)

      1. Surrender
      2. On Top of the World
      3. California Man
      4. High Roller
      5. Auf Wiedersehen
      6. Takin' Me Back
      7. On the Radio
      8. Heaven Tonight
      9. Stiff Competition
      10. How Are You?
      11. Oh Claire

    • Authorized Greatest Hits (2000)

      1. I Want You to Want Me
      2. Ain't That a Shame
      3. Southern Girls [Single Version]
      4. Surrender
      5. Stop This Game
      6. Dream Police
      7. If You Want My Love [Alternate Version][Alternate Take]
      8. Tonight It's You
      9. Everything Works If You Let It [Full Length Version]
      10. Mandocello
      11. I Can't Take It
      12. She's Tight
      13. That 70's Song [Based on In The Street]
      14. Walk Away
      15. Can't Stop Falling In Love
      16. The Flame [Live]

    • In Color (1977)

      1. Hello There
      2. Big Eyes
      3. Downed
      4. I Want You to Want Me
      5. You're All Talk
      6. Oh Caroline
      7. Clock Strikes Ten
      8. Southern Girls
      9. Come On, Come On
      10. So Good To See You

    • Before Cheap Trick, Tom was in a band called The Bo Weevils.

    • Live Albums

      At Budokan (1979)
      At Budokan: The Complete Concert (1998)
      Music for Hangovers (1999)
      Silver (2001)

    • Studio Albums

      Cheap Trick (1977)
      In Color (1977)
      Heaven Tonight (1978)
      Dream Police (1979)
      All Shook Up (1980)
      One On One (1982)
      Next Position Please (1983)
      Standing On the Edge (1985)
      The Doctor (1986)
      Lap of Luxury (1988)
      Busted (1990)
      Woke Up with a Monster (1994)
      Greatest Hits (1991)
      I Want You To Want Me (1992)
      Cheap Trick (1997)
      Special One (2003)
      The Essential Cheap Trick (2004)
      Rockford (2006)

    • Cheap Trick is best known for its use of unusual basses and guitars.

    • In 2007, officials of Rockford, Illinois honored Cheap Trick by reproducing the Rockford cover art on that year's "city sticker" (vehicle registration).

    • Cheap Trick's song "Surrender" is the theme song for the ABC show Sons and Daughters.

    • Cheap Trick performs the theme song for That 70s Show from the second season onward.

    • Cheap Trick's album Music For Hangovers recieved much criticism and was only sold at

    • Cheap Trick established their own record company in 1997 called Cheap Trick Unlimited.

    • In 1998, Cheap Trick nearly went bankrupt due to record label problems.

    • Petersson was replaced by Jon Brant in 1982, but he rejoined the group in 1987.

    • When Cheap Trick was first formed, it played free admission shows at Sinnissippi Park.

    • Before Cheap Trick was called Cheap Trick, it was Sick Man of Europe.

    • Rick was in a band called The Phaetons and released two singles: "Hound Dog" and "Cruisin for Burgers."

    • Bun E. Carlos used to be in a band called The Pagans. They released two singles: "Good Day Sunshine" and "I Can Only Give You Everything."

    • Cheap Trick was inspired by British Rock.

    • Rick Neilson wrote most of the band's songs.

    • Cheap Trick's song "Surrender" was used in the movie Daddy Day Care. The remix of the song was also featured on the Small Soldiers movie soundtrack.

    • Cheap Trick is comprised of Rick Nielson (lead guitar, vocals), Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion), and Tom Petersson (bass guitar, vocals). Pete Comita, Jon Brant, and Randy "Xeno" Hogan are former members.

    • The album Rockford was named for the band's hometown: Rockford, Illinois, USA.

    • Most fans wave lighters while Cheap Trick plays "The Flame" at concerts.

    • Cheap Trick's hits include: "I Want You to Want Me," "The Flame," "Dream Police," and "Surrender."

    • Cheap Trick plays punk, pop, and metal.

  • Quotes

    • Robin Zander: Running our own label has been a lot of fun. One day Bun E. gets to be President and one day I get to play President. It's been a little tedious and a little overwhelming at times but we've got more control over our chaos.

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