Cheap Trick

The fact that they named their band “Cheap Trick” leads you to believe that they were well aware that the gimmick of the two cute guys and two nerdy guys is fresh for about 45 minutes– or one album, if you’re lucky. That they kept it up after this record (from 1977) is a good illustration that there is no greater curse than success. But then, they are playing this New Year’s in Hawaii, while I’ll be scraping puke out of toilet stalls at the Sizzler in Cudahy, so I guess the joke’s on me.

I can’t listen to much of this anymore, but I still like “He’s a Whore” and “Taxman” (not the Beatles’ Taxman, this one’s better). There is a side “A” and a side “1”– I bet they were the only band to use THAT joke. Which is lost on a CD release, as of course is the charm of the two sides of albums. I don’t need to go on about THAT.


1 Response to “Cheap Trick”

  1. December 10, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    I never really ever got into Cheap Trick, although my best friend at the time liked them a lot. They always seemed to me to be one of those sort of “fake new-wave” bands who kinda vaguely looked and acted like they might be new wave, but weren’t really. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers somehow were sort of in this category at first too.

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