Cheap Trick... Did they defy the trends?

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  1. Wyatt Martin

    Wyatt Martin Member

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    I've always been a Cheap Trick fan and while they were never the really the "biggest" act of any given decade it amazes me they can fit in about any decade without changing a thing they do.

    They've had the big 70s rock songs while still sounding punk with a big 80s power ballad and more grunge than anyone in the 90s.
     
  2. 27sauce

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    Lap of Luxury?

    They followed the trend of big slick singles and outside songwriters on that one.
     
  3. SnidelyWhiplash

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    Great band. One of my favorites from childhood.
     
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    That Bass that Tom played, with the extra strings(not going to google! Ha!) gave them a very unique sound IMO. Really suprised that more Rock Bands didn't try to emulate that sound. Gave a very Fat, full sound to compliment Rick's sometimes sloppy, but catchy Riffing.
     
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    Amazing band with a lot of great tunes; not just the Budokan ones.
     
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    Live at Budokan is still one of my favorite records, every tune was memorable and I much preferred the live versions over the studio versions of the tunes. Still great memories of them opening for KISS on the Love Gun tour. I'd never heard of CT before that show but became an instant fan after that.
     
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    nope
     
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    Yup, great band who knew how to write great songs.
    Good old power pop, throw in some Beatle like harmonies and talent to craft good songs.
    Doesn't hurt to be at the right place and time.
     
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    Good pop rock band. Not a bit punk or grunge.
     
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    Great band that hit the scene right at the end of the rock era. They had a great hard rock sound on much of their material without sacrificing vocals, and at the same time had a rock n roll era edge without sounding nostalgic.
    They hit the marketplace good just as rock was in the death rattle, it is amazing that top 40 radio gave them any notice at all.
    Big eyes is just plain badass. Live at Budakon rocks.
    Robin Zander rates up there with Paul Rodgers and Steve Marriott as a rock singer.
    Their version of Sgt Peppers jams too.
    I never really thought of them as having any kind of "punk" or any of the other pop fads that followed rock, they seemed to draw straight from a mix of rock n roll and rock, and they are also all great musicians.
     
  11. Anthony Gring

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    Love them. The early albums were brilliant.
     
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    One of the best rock bands in history.
     
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    I was listening to Tax Man, Mr. Thief and was convinced that Nirvana must have really been influenced by them. I think that chorused bass sound must have been ripped from Tom's double string.
     
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    I liked them. They had a lot of good tunes and put on a good show.

    Joe Perry said they were this favorite band. They played his 50th birthday party. I bet that was one hell of a birthday bash.
     
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    Great since the mid-70's and still out there rocking and rolling (got my KISS records out!)
     
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    I've loved Cheap Trick ever since I saw them in concert on late night TV. They really were the band that got me into rock 'n roll. I was just a wee lad at the time and all I knew about music was what I heard on AM radio in my parents car, schmaltzy ballads and soft-rock singer songwriter stuff.
    CT blew my mind with their loud guitars, catchy songs, and goofy stage show.
    I dug it then and I still dig it today. Cheap Trick is an american institution we can all agree upon!
     
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    On a cheap trick note...one of my favorite videos of all time. Particularly after the intro at the 1:00 minute mark. When Bun E says turn it up, it gets my innards boiling.

     
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    Great band but not defying. Id say the flame encompasses the 80s exactly.
     
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    I think Rick Neilson is a brilliant songwriter - each album has an
    identity - you can hear The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, a tiny
    bit of Led Zeppelin - and a whole bunch of quotes from a myriad
    of other bands.

    They are and have been a tier b band though - due to the live
    show sloppiness - most being driven by Neilson - who despite
    being incredibly articulate in the studio - just let's it go on stage.

    For reason Robin Zander won't share - Bun E Carlos was kicked out.
    IMO A very dissapointing move on the bands part - and now Rick Neilson
    kid - Zack - is the drummer. While Zack is a good drummer the magic
    of Carlos is gone. It's most apparent on the records - Carlos could
    make every song swing - and would propel the band - playing just slightly
    ahead on the snare but right on the beat with the HiHat - he created a
    tension that Neilson's guitars offset while Zander's vocals would sit right in
    the pocket.

    I've probably seen them close to 100 times over the years - on stage and
    off. Tom Peterson is not only a very nice gentleman - but very creative
    - very artistic. Neilson has always been a bit weird in person - but super
    fun to hang with -- even more now that he's clean and sober. Zander can
    be edgy - and mercurial. Carlos is Carlos - if he didn't talk drums you would
    think the guy ran a bar - he's very easy going but has strong opinions about
    many things.
     
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