Tag: Cheap Trick

  • 1977 Pazz & Jop: Pazz & Joppers Dig Pistols — What Else Is New?

    A fellow member of the rock criticism establishment tells me that the poll which inspires my annual wrap-up might have a real shot at exposure in the newsweeklies — a chance to get some AM airplay and go pop — if it wasn’t saddled with such a ridiculous name. And I respond that the name is supposed […]

  • Cheap Trick

    Though classic rock heroes Cheap Trick have spent the better part of their career non-stop touring, the band’s show at the New York State Fair has the added bonus of unidentifiable fried fair food. Since the group’s heyday in the late ’70s and ’80s, Cheap Trick has been consistently producing solid albums and a stream […]

  • Cheap Trick

    Barely a month ago, Cheap Trick’s stage collapsed on them in Canada and, luckily, no one in the band was injured. Disasters aside, very little has changed for ’70s rockers Cheap Trick over the past three decades. Their set lists continue to be mostly unpredictable, guitar god Rick Nielson still occasionally whips out his five-neck […]

  • Tinted Windows

    Not quite the über-group that Dylan and McCartney are planning, but still pretty high-powered, this quartet’s got membership from Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins, and Hanson (remember them?). But since this is power pop, the important component is a Fountains of Wayne member (Adam Schlesinger) who also happens to be a songwriter, especially since good power […]

  • Wanting You to Want Her to Be the Most Cake

    No monarch worth her rouge drones the postman blues or implores the Lord. Mercifully, Lindsay Lohan turns chaste tricks while preserving the hair ‘n’ nails ethos. Most of A Little More Personal (Raw), however, is gosh-darn worn for wear: This three-layered cake sees Lohan’s rich emo plotzings so pitifully numbered, they all but drown in […]

  • Music

    Despite being a zillion years old, Nazareth do a far more ferocious “Hair of the Dog” than otherwise feisty Montana whippersnappers the International Playboys, thanks to the latter lacking much of a percussion break and the former including an amazing Dan McCafferty bagpipe solo that quotes “You’ll Take the High Road and I’ll Take the […]

  • Pink Orbs for Pink Floyd

    The first tune on Local H’s new Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles? delivers a “Hello There”–by–Cheap Trick–style rant updated and angry for 2004. Then “Everyone Alive” crashes in with a crunching garage riff souped-up in the studio, and if that were all Local H could deliver, it would still make the album. As it is, […]

  • As Not Seen on TV!

    In the liner notes for a new compilation called Nowcore! The Punk Rock Evolution, some guy named Josh Hooten dredges up memories of air-guitar afternoons at his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, circa 1984. His prepunk soundtrack of choice was Rock 80, a collection of new wave hits by the likes of Cheap Trick, […]