Underrated Cheap Trick Songs, Part 1

With so many songs in a 40-year career, and so many great songs, including the big hits, there’s many Cheap Trick songs that deserve to be heard…more.

“Everything Works (If You Let It)”  Because its always apropos, especially right now.

Originally appearing on the soundtrack to the movie “Roadie,” this ode to the power of positive thinking was also included as a 45 with the All Shook Up album.  Produced as well by George Martin, this should have been part of the ASU album.  Regardless, the chorus just soars and can’t help but put you in at least a somewhat better mood.  Rick has said the riff is the riff from “On Top Of The World” only backwards.


“Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School”  Was it the first song off the debut eponymous album?*

Tom Petersson’s 12-string intros Rick’s swirling riffs, Bun E. is pounding away  with Robin spitting the perverted lyrics.  This is a rock n’ roll song.  Sing many of the lyrics out loud and folks will look at you askew: “I’m thirty but I feel like sixteen, I might even be your daddy.” Rarely played live, it kicked ass when played during those epic first three album shows/three night stands in 1998.

*Depends on which side of the first album you played first.


“How About You”  “Tonight Its You” wasn’t the only reason this album was regarded so highly in 1985

This gem from the underrated “Standing On the Edge” album is less than three minutes long but the hookiness of  the verses alone will grab you in the first 30 seconds.  There’s a bit of a Yardbirds feel in this upbeat rave-up.  Crunchy guitars and a guitar/harmonica (I think?  Or is that just the guitar effect?) solo and Robin’s shouting, fun vocals make this one hell of a fun song.  You can’t help but just feel UP when you’re singing along belting lyrics like “I said goodbye to bad luck, I’m gonna stay up/I know I’ll be back, didn’t fall off the side of the earth…” Like all of on “SOTE” the mix is loud, brash and noisy (which was what the band needed after the understated sound of Next Position Please)







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