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Why I love Cheap Trick - 6
So, the name of the band. I think a lot of people got the impression somehow that they were named after some kind of Ouji board. Maybe that is right, but also, Tom and Rick went to a concert - can't remember the band - and Tom complained afterward that they used every "cheap trick in the book". And voila, the name was born! So, the newly formed Cheap Trick - consisting of Robin Zander (vocals), Tom Petersson (bass), Rick Nielsen (guitar), and Bun E. Carlos (drums) - got to work on their first album. The album got released in 1977. It was self-titled. There's some pretty cool stuff on there. It's essentially a rock album, with a little bit of punk mixed in. Just a terrific debut album.

Oh, and Cheap Trick got snubbed - AGAIN! Damn Rock and Roll Hall of Fame failing to see how influential and cool they are. I mean, Nirvana even said they were such a big influence on them - and Nirvana's nominated for next year! Well, there's always next year, and maybe by then, this whole business with Bun E. will be settled and they can enter as a big, happy, family. heart


"Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School" (1977)
"Perfect Stranger" (2006)
"The Flame" (198 cool
"Baby No More" (1997)
"I Know What I Want" (1979)
"Writing on the Wall" (1979)

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Rick Nielsen's busted 5 necked guitar. I don't know how recent this is, but I hear someone dropped it backstage or something. Seriously?
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Caught in the rain.
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Love Robin's energy.
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From the 1990 Tour book.
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The Busted album cover from 1990.
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Calm, cool, and collected.
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Very famous, classic photo of the guys.
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The legendary Bun E. Carlos.
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The album that garnered them their legions of fans around the world. It took them going over to Japan and releasing a live album for them to become huge megastars in their own country. I mean, to this day, the only version of "I Want You to Want Me" that I hear on the radio is the Budokan version.
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Rick: "BRING IT ON!" He could be doing that to the concert venue. They've had quite a few really weird things happen to them. A transformer blew up while they were on stage, their stage collapsed, the power got shut off on them...
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I don't know. This picture just cracks me up. They're "endorsing" Boy Howdy beer. This photo was used in an issue of CREEM Magazine in the late 70s. I love Tom just passed out, laying his head on Rick's shoulder. XD
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