leave your inhibitions at the door
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?