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.
The Bullet Points:
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.
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)