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Cheap Trick

It is common on this list to talk about how important being a great live act is. Perhaps there is no other group on this list that had their career defined by that strength than Cheap Trick; whose take on Power Pop made them a must see attraction in the late 70’s.

After a few albums that achieved only minor success, Cheap Trick found themselves struggling in North America, yet were stars in Japan. Using this fan base and they made their breakthrough live album at Budokan which allowed the band to showcase their raw energy which saw how they blended Power Pop with the fun of Rock and Roll and the speed of Punk. This allowed them to draw from fans who would generally stick with specific genres which was very commonplace in the 1970’s. This was certainly reflected as diverse bands as Guns ‘N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana cited them as huge influences to their respected careers. If respect within the Rock and Roll community is a major criterion to get into the Hall, Cheap Trick would have a much better shot than likely have.

Cheap Trick

The Bullet Points:

Previous Rank:

2010: #71

 

Eligible Since:

2002


Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Rockford, IL)


Why They Will Get In:

Their live reputation is a huge asset in their favor.


Why They Won’t Get In:

They are likely in line behind other bands of the era.


Nominated In:

Never


Essential Albums:

In Color (1977)

Heaven Tonight (1978)

At Budokan (1979)

Dream Police (1980)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

I Want You to Want Me (From In Color, 1977)

Surrender (From Heaven Tonight, 1978)

California Man (From Heaven Tonight, 1978)

Dream Police (From Dream Police, 1980)

Gonna Raise Hell (From Dream Police, 1980)


www.cheaptrick.com


   

 

Should Cheap Trick be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 48.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 31%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.3%

CHEAP TRICK WITH MILES NIELSEN & THE RUSTED HEARTS AT KALAMAZOO STATE THEATRE IN KALAMAZOO, MI

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Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts

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Rod Stewart
Cheap Trick

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Cheap Trick
 
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+3 #2 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Their legacy is huge. thier fan bas is big. they changed rock with that live album brinign energy and a punk feel to the 70's and rawness. they were recently # 58 on rolling stones legends list way ahead of some of the bands already in. they will get in very soon. and man could they play live.
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-2 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
Cheap Trick are certainly a solid rock band, and they certainly have their loyal fanbase. But is there anything really *innovative* about their brand of guitar-rock? I'm not sure. (And covering The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" album was a BIG mistake.) Still, these guys do rock. If Cheap Trick get into the Hall Of Fame, that's fine. But I'm not sure it'll ever happen.
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