Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Everything Works If You Let It" by Cheap Trick

Song#:  0182
Date:  05/24/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  44
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Rock, Power Pop



Pop Bits:  But they're big in Japan... Cheap Trick owe much to their Japanese fans. Their first three albums didn't see much action in the US, but in Japan they became megastars. This culminated in their 1979 live album "Cheap Trick Live at Budokan," which was originally intended for the the Japanese market only. But the demand in the US for the import was so great that the label released it here and it produced their biggest selling single "I Want You to Want Me," a song that had already been a hit in Japan from their "In Color" album. Now established in the US, they would continue to have a few successful albums and singles, but nowhere near the stardom they experienced in Japan. Their first single of the 80s was this song featured on the soundtrack to the film "Roadie."

ReduxReview:   The power pop kings almost lean a little into Southern Rock on this one. At least the chorus reminds me of some SR grooviness. This one grew on me. It wasn't one of my favorites in their catalog, mainly because it just didn't stick with me as much as songs like "Surrender." But it's a good tune and I found myself jammin' to this a few times.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  As previously discussed, the band Alice Cooper found their name via a ouija board. There was a popular rumor at the time that Cheap Trick found their name the same way. However, the band got their name when they attended a concert by the band Slade. One band member commented that Slade used every cheap trick in the book as part of their act. A name was born.

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