Category: cheap trick

On this day in music history: July 9, 1988 – “The Flame” by Cheap Trick hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart on the same date. Written by Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham, it is the biggest hit for the veteran rock band from Rockford, IL. The song is one of two brought to Cheap Trick by an Epic Records Vice President who tell them, “both of these songs will be number one hits, choose one, and the other will go to Chicago”. Initially, the band isn’t crazy about either song, but agree to record “The Flame”. The other song titled “Look Away” is recorded by Chicago and also reaches the top of the chart later in 1988. Released in March of 1988, “The Flame” is the first single from Cheap Trick’s tenth studio album “Lap Of Luxury”. Entering the Hot 100 at #92 on April 9, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. The chart topping success of “The Flame” drives the “Lap Of Luxury” album to Platinum status in the US, making it Cheap Trick’s biggest selling album since “Dream Police” nearly ten years before.

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On this day in music history: April 30, 1982 – “One On One”, the sixth studio album by Cheap Trick is released. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, it is recorded at Pierce Arrow Recorders in Evanston, IL from Late 1981 – Early 1982. Following the release of their fifth album “All Shook Up” with producer George Martin, Cheap Trick work with veteran rock producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Journey, The Cars) for their sixth full length release. At this time, the band sees its first personnel shift in many years. Original bassist Tom Petersson leaves the band in 1981, being replaced by Jon Brant. When work begins on “One On One”, guitarist Rick Nielsen actually plays bass on most of the album, with Brant playing on only three tracks. It spins off three singles including “If You Want My Love” (#45 Pop) and “She’s Tight” (#65 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued on CD as part of the box set “Cheap Trick – The Complete Epic Albums Collection” in 2012. It is also released individually as a 180 gram vinyl LP by German label Steamhammer Records in 2013. “One On One” peaks at number thirty nine on the Billboard Top 200.

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Born on this day: December 22, 1948 – Cheap Trick co-founder and guitarist Rick Nielsen (born Richard Alan Nielsen in Elmhurst, IL). Happy 70th Birthday, Rick!!

Grammy award winning recording engineer Geoff Emerick (born Geoffrey Emerick in London, UK) – January 1, 1946 – October 2, 2018, RIP

On this day in music history: September 21, 1979 – “Dream Police”, the fourth album by Cheap Trick is released. Produced by Tom Werman, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from Late 1978 – Early 1979. Issued as the follow up to their breakthrough album “Cheap Trick At Budokan”, its release is held back for several months by CBS Records when previously Japanese only “Budokan” album becomes a huge hit as an import, forcing the label to release it in the US in early 1979. “Police” features more complex songs with several tracks featuring orchestration, departing from the more stripped down power pop/rock sound of their previous efforts. It spins off two singles including the title track (#26 Pop) and Voices (#32 Pop). In 2010, Cheap Trick play the album in its entirety during a limited series of live shows, accompanied by the Rhythmic Noise Philharmonic Orchestra & Mind Choir. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2006 with four additional bonus tracks. It is reissued on vinyl in November 2013 as part of a part of a five LP box set released for Black Friday Record Store Day. “Dream Police” peaks at number six on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: July 9, 1988 – “The Flame” by Cheap Trick hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart on the same date. Written by Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham, it is the biggest hit for the veteran rock band from Rockford, IL. The song is one of two brought to Cheap Trick by an Epic Records Vice President who tell them, “both of these songs will be number one hits, choose one, and the other will go to Chicago”. Initially, the band isn’t crazy about either song, but agree to record “The Flame”. The other song titled “Look Away” is recorded by Chicago and also reaches the top of the chart later in 1988. Released in March of 1988, “The Flame” is the first single from Cheap Trick’s tenth studio album “Lap Of Luxury”. Entering the Hot 100 at #92 on April 9, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. The chart topping success of “The Flame” drives the “Lap Of Luxury” album to Platinum status in the US, making it Cheap Trick’s biggest selling album since “Dream Police” nearly ten years before.

On this day in music history: April 30, 1982 – “One On One”, the sixth studio album by Cheap Trick is released. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, it is recorded at Pierce Arrow Recorders in Evanston, IL from Late 1981 – Early 1982. Following the release of their fifth album “All Shook Up” with producer George Martin, Cheap Trick work with veteran rock producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Journey, The Cars) for their sixth full length release. At this time, the band sees its first personnel shift in many years. Original bassist Tom Petersson leaves the band in 1981, being replaced by Jon Brant. When work begins on “One On One”, guitarist Rick Nielsen actually plays bass on most of the album, with Brant playing on only three tracks. It spins off three singles including “If You Want My Love” (#45 Pop) and “She’s Tight” (#65 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued on CD as part of the box set “Cheap Trick – The Complete Epic Albums Collection” in 2012. It is also released individually as a 180 gram vinyl LP by German label Steamhammer Records in 2013. “One On One” peaks at number thirty nine on the Billboard Top 200.

Born on this day: December 22, 1948 – Cheap Trick co-founder and guitarist Rick Nielsen (born Richard Alan Nielsen in Elmhurst, IL). Happy 69th Birthday, Rick!!