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Friday Faves – Cheap Trick

Last summer I wrote a post about how one of my favorite bands – The Spinners – would NEVER make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.   I’ve always felt that The HofF inducts acts that have a certain “coolness” and those like the Spinners, despite having many great songs and monstrous commercial success, would never make it in.    Maybe they’re too mainstream?     That’s why I came to the conclusion that Chicago and Hall & Oates would also never be inducted.

Then the unthinkable happened. I was just watching the concert for the HofF and Chicago got inducted.   This was a no-brainer.    They’ve sold over 100 million records and are one of the most popular bands of all time.     NWA and Steve Miller was also inducted and that was also way past due.

But it was another surprise induction that really caught my eye – Cheap Trick.


How they weren’t inducted long before this is beyond me.   You can make the argument that Chicago, NWA, and The Spinners aren’t really rock and roll.   (You’d be wrong, but you can argue it.)   But Cheap Trick was one of the hardest rocking bands of all time.

I grew up in the Chicago area in the 1970s and the band was hails from Rockford, which is about an 1.5 hours away. It was near impossible to listen to the radio and NOT hear one of their songs.   And it’s pretty clear they were pretty huge in Ridgemont, California –




If you were to ask me for my top 10 greatest songs OF ALL TIME, I’m pretty sure two of those would make the list:




I Want You to Want Me


and Dream Police wouldn’t be that far behind




I know I’m going to be singing these songs all weekend.

What’s your favorite Cheap Trick song?





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13 comments on “Friday Faves – Cheap Trick

  1. Appetite for Wine
    May 20, 2016

    Ain’t That a Shame – Live at Budakan! Best drum solo intro ever!
    Cheap Trick is definitely deserving of induction!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      May 20, 2016

      They did that song to close out the HofF concert w the other artists. Such a great album. They said that it was a bit of luck – they recorded the concerts but had no plans to release. So glad they did.

  2. Michelle Williams
    May 20, 2016

    I am not a Cheap Trick fan. However I did see Hall & Oates in concert last Friday night. They sang for 2 hours and every song was a Top 10 hit. It was sold out! I’m guessing some day they will be inducted.

  3. anotherfoodieblogger
    May 20, 2016

    I also grew up listening to Cheap Trick!! I can’t say that I have a favorite but I know I can sing along with many of the songs!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      May 20, 2016

      So hard to pick just one, right?

      • anotherfoodieblogger
        May 20, 2016

        Oh and PLEASE don’t judge, but I did my first plank at Pure Barre yesterday!!! I have had a desk job for 20 years and I’m over 50 so my core was nonexistent. That was class 5. I only held it for 3 seconds but hey you have to start somewhere! Class 6 at 9 am tomorrow, woo hoo! I come out of class exhausted but it goes by so quick. The instructors are really great and don’t judge either if you can’t do a move quite yet, but I always give 100% that I can, and they can see that.

        • anotherfoodieblogger
          May 20, 2016

          And just so you know, my profile pic is only 4 years old or so. I do look young and somewhat fit, but I’m not. 🙂

        • thefoodandwinehedonist
          May 21, 2016

          That’s so good to hear! Every bit helps – you’ll definitely get there and feel amazing on the way. Keep it up!

  4. vickylonia
    May 26, 2016

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  5. essar1
    November 4, 2016

    Great post on my favorite all-time favorite band. I’ve been a fan since 1979 when “Live At Budokan” caught my 6th grade ears and I’ve been a fan to this day. That first album is stellar; tough to pick a favorite song of theirs because there’s so many. Highly recommend their latest album, “Bang Zoom Crazy Hello” – the rare case of a veteran band still making fun and compelling new music.

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