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More on the New Cheap Trick Record – Business Insider

19 Jun

“If Cheap Trick had never existed as a group and pioneered this genre-defying pastiche style for forty years, you’d listen to “We’re All Alright!” and think that you were hearing the greatest cover band in human history trying out its own material.”

Source: This is why you should listen to the new Cheap Trick record – Business Insider

Paste Magazine Reviews Cheap Trick’s New Album “We’re All Alright”

16 Jun

ANOTHER COOL REVIEW, AND THIS QUOTE IS PERFECT: “Quick, think of any other American rock band formed in ’70s who is still putting out albums in the modern era that not only don’t embarrass the band but repeatedly revitalize their career. The list starts and stops with one name: Cheap Trick. They’re not going anywhere, so you might as well start listening.”

Source: Cheap Trick: We’re All Alright! Review :: Music :: Reviews :: Cheap Trick :: Paste


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The NEW Cheap Trick Album Is Out Today!

16 Jun

I HAVE TO GIVE MY “ALL-TIME FAVORITE BAND OF ALL-TIME” CREDIT for releasing two really strong, fun albums of new music in just over a year’s time.

Out today, the new album We’re All Alright is getting strong reviews and I’ve loved what I’ve heard so far – it sounds more energetic, harder rocking and adventurous than last year’s Bang Zoom Crazy Hello and that album is a hell of a lot of fun and rocks! I just downloaded We’re All Alright via Pledge Music this morning – and am getting the CD, too, of course – and am loving what I’ve heard so far!  If only I could really crank it here in the office!cheap_trick_we27re_all_alright21#cheaptrick #nowplaying #wereallalright

“Is This Power Pop?” 

8 Jun

SOMEONE I ADORE would often jokingly ask, upon me playing different songs for her, “is this power pop?”

See, it was last year, prior to her seeing my all-time favorite band of all-time, that I introduced her to the music of Cheap Trick, to familiarize her to what she would likely here. Describing them as one of the foremost practitioners of my favorite genre of music, that question of what is power pop came up. Surprisingly, I kind of had difficulty describing what is, essentially, power pop! I mean I know power pop when I hear it, but what is it?

Power pop is upbeat, melodic, guitar-driven rock with instantly memorable hooks. It will rock you, but not roll over you with bombast and volume. Its got energy. A good power pop somg will improve your mood and make you a bit happier. It will make you reach for your air guitar and sing out loud – even if you don’t know all the words.

So, what’s a good example of a terrific power pop song? Out of dozens of examples I could think of within a minute, of numerous songs I could include here, recently a song by Cheap Trick (big surprise, right?), “Through the Night,” made for a great example, made me think of that question, and put me in a better mood while being reminded of her. Songs like this I like to call an “Instant Mood Enhancer” because that’s what it did — improved my feelings/mood.

“Through The Night” has all the ingredients needed to make a power pop song: soaring vocals, buzzy guitars, a rocking rhthym attack, and more than enough memorable melodies, not just in the chorus, but in the vocals as well (and the “la la la la la” background vocals are a nice touch, as well).  The bottom line, though, is this song should put a smile on your face, and put you on a better mood.

That is power pop.


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“Back At Again” – WSD Podcast No. 19 Up

21 May

New episode of the Weapon of Self-Distraction podcast is up. Check it out here or click the image, below. New Cheap Trick single, a couple of new movies and the pain in the ass world of online dating.


Song Spotlight: Cheap Trick – “She Said She Said”

3 May

SOMEHOW I FORGOT to actually go find and listen to Cheap Trick’s version of The Beatles’ “She Said She Said.”  This was recorded for Howard Stern’s tribute to The Beatles’ album Revolver, originally broadcast six months ago(!).  I even posted about it here. How did I forget?

One word: INCREDIBLE (check it out HERE)! Robin sounds amazing, Rick’s guitar is a loud and fun blast and the entire production (by Jack Douglas, I believe) just rocks with a great energy.

There’s probably not a better band to cover The Beatles than Cheap Trick. After all, they’re fans of, and have been influenced by, The Beatles; they’ve performed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band live (and released a DVD and album of that), have covered “Day Tripper” and “Magical Mystery Tour” and have always done the Fab Four songs justice. While adding a little bit of their own flavor, too.

Yup, Power Rotation, Already

1 May

NO SURPRISE, of course!

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