LOST IN THE NOISE

August 23 — SURRENDER, Cheap Trick (1978)

imageAnd now let us consider Cheap Trick. My introduction to the band came in 1979 when my older brother Stan owned their breakthrough album “Live at Budokan,” which I could hear from his room, blaring from speakers in big wooden cabinets. “Dream Police” a year later became one of my favorite songs, and through the decades they continued touring, always reliable with catchy pop songs. This morning I listened to a Rolling Stone podcast, during which a commentator opined that Cheap Trick is one of the most under-appreciated rock bands in history. A few years ago a major label — whose head is a lifelong Trick fan — took the band under his wing and lobbied hard for its inclusion into the Rock ‘ Roll Hall of Fame. It worked. The commentator today suggested that “Surrender” — the opening track to their third album but a big hit from “Budokan” — is Cheap Trick’s finest moment.

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