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.
"Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School" (1977)
"Perfect Stranger" (2006)
"The Flame" (1988)
"Baby No More" (1997)
"I Know What I Want" (1979)
"Writing on the Wall" (1979)
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?
Caught in the rain.
Love Robin's energy.
From the 1990 Tour book.
The Busted album cover from 1990.
Calm, cool, and collected.
Very famous, classic photo of the guys.
The legendary Bun E. Carlos.
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.
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...
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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