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!! Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* Robin Zander - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1974–present)
* '''Rick Nielsen''' – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1974–present)
* '''Tom Petersson''' – bass, backing vocals (1974–1980, 1987–present)
* Daxx Nielsen – drums (2001, 2010–present)
* '''Bun E. Carlos''' – drums, occasional backing vocals (1974–2010; one-off 2012, 2016)
* '''Randy Hogan''' – lead vocals (1974)
* Pete Comita – bass, backing vocals (1980–1981)
* Jon Brant – bass, backing vocals (1981–1987, 2004–2005, 2007; one-off 1999)
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!! Studio and Live Discography:

* 1977 - ''Cheap Trick''
* 1977 - ''In Color''
* 1978 - ''Heaven Tonight''
* 1978/79 - ''Cheap Trick at Budokan''
* 1979 - ''Dream Police''
* 1980 - ''All Shook Up''
* 1982 - ''One on One''
* 1983 - ''Next Position Please''
* 1985 - ''Standing on the Edge''
* 1986 - ''The Doctor''
* 1988 - ''Lap of Luxury''
* 1990 - ''Busted''
* 1994 - ''Woke Up with a Monster ''
* 1997 - ''Cheap Trick '97''
* 2003 - ''Special One''
* 2006 - ''Rockford''
* 2009 - ''The Latest''
* 2016 - ''Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello''
* 2017 - ''We're All Alright!''
* 2017 - ''Christmas Christmas''
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6th Jan '18 3:39:47 AM calculon559
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Cheap Trick is an American rock / PowerPop band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970's. The band consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion).

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Cheap Trick is an American rock / PowerPop band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970's. The band band's classic lineup consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion).



Cheap Trick continues to tour with the original lineup, and their most recent release, 2009's ''The Latest'', has gained critical acclaim. The band is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff most popular in Japan]], where they have remained popular superstars since their first album -- what's more, they only climbed to similarly large popularity in the USA with the 1978 LiveAlbum ''At Budokan'', initially a Japan-only release. They have been often referred to in the Japanese press as the "American [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]]".

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Cheap Trick continues to tour tour, albeit without original drummer Bun E. Carlos since 2010; he was replaced with unofficial member and touring drummer Daxx Nielsen, Rick's son. Carlos is still involved with the band in a limited fashion, mostly business, and all four original lineup, members played at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. The latest iteration of the band has released three albums in the span of 20 months; two studio albums and their most recent release, 2009's ''The Latest'', has gained critical acclaim. one Christmas album, with all three getting positive reviews, continuing a streak started with 2006's "Rockford".

The band is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff most popular in Japan]], where they have remained popular superstars since their first album -- what's more, they only climbed to similarly large popularity in the USA with the 1978 LiveAlbum ''At Budokan'', initially a Japan-only release. They have been often referred to in the Japanese press as the "American [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]]".
23rd Dec '17 12:06:10 AM Spindriver
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* AdultsAreUseless: Not really. Mommy's alright, daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird...

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* AdultsAreUseless: AdultsAreUseless:
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Not really. Mommy's alright, daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird...



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first album is a lot darker (well, it's BlackComedy) than the next two or three, which are generally regarded as their most characteristic output. "ELO Kiddies" is crackling with menace; "Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School" is an unbelievably creepy power pop song sung from the POV of a paedophile, complete with recorded playground voices; "He's A Whore" is a brutally unsentimental look at a heartless gigolo, etc. What the hell did teenage Japanese girls see in these songs? (Other than they seriously rocked.)

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first album is a lot darker (well, it's BlackComedy) than the next two or three, which are generally regarded as their most characteristic output. "ELO Kiddies" is crackling with menace; "Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School" is an unbelievably creepy power pop song sung from the POV of a paedophile, complete with recorded playground voices; "He's A Whore" is a brutally unsentimental look at a heartless gigolo, etc. What the hell did teenage Japanese girls see in these songs? (Other than that they seriously rocked.)



* LyricalDissonance: "Auf Wiedersehen" has to be the happiest ever song about suicide.

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* LyricalDissonance: LyricalDissonance:
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"Auf Wiedersehen" has to be the happiest ever song about suicide.



* {{Nice Guy}}s: They had a good reputation among other bands who toured with them, and were respectful towards their supporting acts. When The Angels / Angel City's equipment was stolen, Cheap Trick provided them with gear to finish their tour. By contrast, Music/TheKinks the same year found Angel City's act too difficult to follow and dropped them from the bill.

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* {{Nice Guy}}s: They had a good reputation among other bands who toured with them, and were respectful towards their supporting acts. When The Angels / Angel Angels[=/=]Angel City's equipment was stolen, Cheap Trick provided them with gear to finish their tour. By contrast, Music/TheKinks the same year found Angel City's act too difficult to follow and dropped them from the bill.



* RereleaseTheSong: The studio version of "I Want You to Want Me" was released in 1977 but failed to chart. A live version from ''Live at Budokan'' two years later became their first Top 10 hit in the US.
** Also counts as RearrangeTheSong -- the two versions are ''barely'' recognizable. In fact, the only version people seem to want to acknowledge the existence of is the ''At Budokan'' version.

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* RereleaseTheSong: The studio version of "I Want You to Want Me" was released in 1977 but failed to chart. A live version from ''Live at Budokan'' two years later became their first Top 10 hit in the US.
** Also
US. Which also counts as RearrangeTheSong -- the two versions are ''barely'' recognizable. In fact, the only version people seem to want to acknowledge the existence of is the ''At Budokan'' version.



* ShoutOut: "When I woke up / Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch / [[OpenMindedParent Rolling numbers, rock and rolling]] / got my Music/{{KISS}} records out."
** At concerts the band would toss Music/{{KISS}} albums into the audience during that part of the song.

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* ShoutOut: "When I woke up / Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch / [[OpenMindedParent Rolling numbers, rock and rolling]] / got my Music/{{KISS}} records out."
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" At concerts the band would toss Music/{{KISS}} albums into the audience during that part of the song.



* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: One of the most common praises of ''At Budokan'' is that it presents the respective songs in a comparatively "raw", energetic fashion in comparison with Tom Werman's "overproduction" on that period's albums (something which even the band members criticized for ''In Color''). For example, compare the album and live versions of "Surrender": The live one nearly drowns out the synth, cranks up the guitars, gives the drums more punch and ''still'' includes really loud audience cheering, adding to the atmosphere. The ''In Color'' version of "I Want You to Want Me" was released as a single and never charted in the USA, but the ''Budokan'' version of "I Want You to Want Me" was released as a single, peaked at #7 and became one of their best-selling singles.

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* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: ThreeChordsAndTheTruth:
**
One of the most common praises of ''At Budokan'' is that it presents the respective songs in a comparatively "raw", energetic fashion in comparison with Tom Werman's "overproduction" on that period's albums (something for which even the band members criticized for ''In Color''). For example, compare the album and live versions of "Surrender": The live one nearly drowns out the synth, cranks up the guitars, gives the drums more punch and ''still'' includes really loud audience cheering, adding to the atmosphere. The ''In Color'' version of "I Want You to Want Me" was released as a single and never charted in the USA, but the ''Budokan'' version of "I Want You to Want Me" was released as a single, peaked at #7 and became one of their best-selling singles.



* UpToEleven: Double-necked guitars, which usually added a second, 12-string neck to the body of the guitar, were a popular gimmick in the 1970's. Neilsen went and got a three-... No, four-... No, ''FIVE''-necked guitar made for himself.

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* UpToEleven: UpToEleven:
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Double-necked guitars, which usually added a second, 12-string neck to the body of the guitar, were a popular gimmick in the 1970's. Neilsen went and got a three-... No, four-... No, ''FIVE''-necked guitar made for himself.



* VitriolicBestBuds: Bun E. Carlos fell out with the band in 2010 and stopped playing with them, primarily because he insulted Robin Zander's family (because Zander wanted a shortened playing schedule that year to spend more time with his family). Nevertheless, when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016, they sucked it up and played with him when they performed.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Bun E. Carlos fell out with the band in 2010 and stopped playing with them, primarily because he insulted Robin Zander's family (because Zander wanted a shortened playing schedule that year to spend more time with his family).them). Nevertheless, when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016, they sucked it up and played with him when they performed.
17th Sep '17 6:42:05 AM TheWhistleTropes
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->''Ladies and gentlemen...\\
The greatest fucking rock band you've ever seen...\\
Cheap Trick.''
-->before every recent Cheap Trick live show
19th Jul '17 5:11:48 PM TropesForever
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* BowtiesAreCool: A bow tie is part of Rick's usual stage attire.
23rd Apr '17 9:30:07 PM Xtifr
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'''Cheap Trick''' is an American rock / PowerPop band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970's. The band consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion).

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'''Cheap Trick''' Cheap Trick is an American rock / PowerPop band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970's. The band consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion).
25th Jan '17 2:33:47 AM 06tele
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first album is a lot darker (well, it's BlackComedy) than the next two or three, which are generally regarded as their most characteristic output. "ELO Kiddies" is crackling with menace; "Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School" is an unbelievably creepy power pop song sung from the POV of a paedophile, complete with recorded playground voices; "He's A Whore" is a highly unsentimental look at a gigolo, etc. What the hell did teenage Japanese girls see in these songs?

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first album is a lot darker (well, it's BlackComedy) than the next two or three, which are generally regarded as their most characteristic output. "ELO Kiddies" is crackling with menace; "Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School" is an unbelievably creepy power pop song sung from the POV of a paedophile, complete with recorded playground voices; "He's A Whore" is a highly brutally unsentimental look at a heartless gigolo, etc. What the hell did teenage Japanese girls see in these songs?songs? (Other than they seriously rocked.)
25th Jan '17 2:28:06 AM 06tele
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first album is a lot darker (well, it's BlackComedy) than the next two or three, which are generally regarded as their most characteristic output. "ELO Kiddies" is crackling with menace; "Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School" is an unbelievably creepy power pop song sung from the POV of a paedophile, complete with recorded playground voices; "He's A Whore" is a highly unsentimental look at a gigolo, etc. What the hell did teenage Japanese girls see in these songs?
26th Sep '16 8:25:27 PM azul120
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* TorchSong: "The Flame".
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'''Cheap Trick''' is an American rock[=/=]PowerPop band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. The band consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion).

Cheap Trick created a substantial fan base through a hard-edged yet melodic pop sound that combines the tunefulness of Music/TheBeatles with the speed and energy of PunkRock, making them probably the most popular PowerPop band. Their biggest hits include "Surrender", "I Want You to Want Me", "Dream Police" and "The Flame." Cheap Trick also performed the theme song "That '70s Song" for ''Series/That70sShow'' from the second season onward and the theme song "Baby Muggles" for ''Series/TheColbertReport''. Songs by the band even appear in two of the cult animated films of the early 1980s, ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' with "Born to Raise Hell" and "Send Love Through" with [[Music/{{Blondie}} Debbie Harry]] and ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' with "Reach Out".

Cheap Trick continues to tour with the original lineup, and their most recent release, 2009's ''The Latest'', has gained critical acclaim. The band is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff most popular in Japan]], where they have remained popular superstars since their first album - what's more, they only climbed to similarly large popularity in the USA with the 1978 LiveAlbum ''At Budokan'', initially a Japan-only release. They have been often referred to in the Japanese press as the "American [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]]".

Bands citing Cheap Trick as an influence include Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/{{Weezer}} and several dozen PowerPop bands. Kurt Cobain once said about Nirvana: "We sound just like Cheap Trick, only the guitars are louder."

!!Some of their famous songs include:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yRRqxJHQmA "Dream Police"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muhFxXce6nA "The Flame"]] - their sole #1 hit.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFsPO-ftbuw "I Want You to Want Me"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8qMLWpzwPc "If You Want My Love"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADWG6EXrbcE "She's Tight"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sAm5UCJ9vA "Surrender"]] - probably their most widely recognized song.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUK0mrVVxg8 "That's 70's Song"]] - A cover of Music/BigStar's "In the Street"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqCG8hFpHz4 "Can't Stop Falling in Love"]]

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'''Cheap Trick''' is an American rock[=/=]PowerPop rock / PowerPop band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s.1970's. The band consists of Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion).

Cheap Trick created a substantial fan base through a hard-edged yet melodic pop sound that combines the tunefulness of Music/TheBeatles with the speed and energy of PunkRock, making them probably the most popular PowerPop band. Their biggest hits include "Surrender", "I Want You to Want Me", "Dream Police" and "The Flame." Cheap Trick also performed the theme song "That '70s Song" for ''Series/That70sShow'' from the second season onward and the theme song "Baby Muggles" for ''Series/TheColbertReport''. Songs by the band even appear in two of the cult animated films of the early 1980s, 1980's, ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' with "Born to Raise Hell" and "Send Love Through" with [[Music/{{Blondie}} Debbie Harry]] and ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'' with "Reach Out".

Cheap Trick continues to tour with the original lineup, and their most recent release, 2009's ''The Latest'', has gained critical acclaim. The band is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff most popular in Japan]], where they have remained popular superstars since their first album - -- what's more, they only climbed to similarly large popularity in the USA with the 1978 LiveAlbum ''At Budokan'', initially a Japan-only release. They have been often referred to in the Japanese press as the "American [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]]".

Bands citing Cheap Trick as an influence include Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/{{Weezer}} and several dozen PowerPop bands. Kurt Cobain Music/KurtCobain once said about Nirvana: "We sound just like Cheap Trick, only the guitars are louder."

!!Some of their famous songs include:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yRRqxJHQmA "Dream Police"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muhFxXce6nA "The Flame"]] - their sole #1 hit.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFsPO-ftbuw "I Want You to Want Me"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8qMLWpzwPc "If You Want My Love"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADWG6EXrbcE "She's Tight"]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sAm5UCJ9vA "Surrender"]] - probably their most widely recognized song.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUK0mrVVxg8 "That's 70's Song"]] - A cover of Music/BigStar's "In the Street"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqCG8hFpHz4 "Can't Stop Falling in Love"]]
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!!This band has examples of:

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!! Some of their famous songs include:

* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yRRqxJHQmA "Dream Police"]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muhFxXce6nA "The Flame"]] - Their sole #1 hit.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFsPO-ftbuw "I Want You to Want Me"]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8qMLWpzwPc "If You Want My Love"]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADWG6EXrbcE "She's Tight"]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sAm5UCJ9vA "Surrender"]] - Probably their most widely recognized song.
%%* "That's 70's Song" - A cover of Music/BigStar's "In the Street".
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqCG8hFpHz4 "Can't Stop Falling in Love"]]
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** Plus, momma told me, yeah she told me, I'd meet girls like you – and father did say, after all, that your mother's right; she's really up on things.

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** Plus, momma told me, yeah she told me, I'd meet girls like you -– and father did say, after all, that your mother's right; she's really up on things.



* BookEnds: Their concerts usually start with "Hello There", and end with "Good Night".

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: Their concerts usually start with "Hello There", and end with "Good Night".



* CoverVersion: Their live version of Music/FatsDomino's "Ain't That a Shame", from ''Budokan'', remains one of their biggest radio songs. ''Heaven Tonight'' has a cover of The Move's "California Man". "Don't Be Cruel", the follow-up single to "The Flame" from ''Lap of Luxury'', is a cover of the Music/ElvisPresley classic, and went all the way to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. They recorded a version of Music/BigStar's "In The Street" as the theme song for ''Series/That70sShow'' as "That '70s Song".

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* CoverVersion: Their live version of Music/FatsDomino's "Ain't That a Shame", from ''Budokan'', remains one of their biggest radio songs. ''Heaven Tonight'' has a cover of The Move's "California Man". "Don't Be Cruel", the follow-up single to "The Flame" from ''Lap of Luxury'', is a cover of the Music/ElvisPresley classic, and went all the way to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. They recorded a version of Music/BigStar's "In The the Street" as the theme song for ''Series/That70sShow'' as "That '70s Song".



* EpicRocking: Live versions of "Gonna Raise Hell" and "Heaven Tonight" could get pretty long. "Need Your Love" as well: the version captured on ''At Budokan'' lasts nine minutes.

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* EpicRocking: Live versions of "Gonna Raise Hell" and "Heaven Tonight" could get pretty long. "Need Your Love" as well: the The version captured on ''At Budokan'' lasts nine minutes.



* LongTitle: "The Ballad of T.V. Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)"
* LyricalDissonance: "Auf Wiedersehen" has to be the happiest-ever song about suicide.
** They like jarring mood swings, as in "How Are You?": in the middle of a bouncy, cheery, singsong melody is a sudden, accusing "How could you? ''Why did you''?"
* {{MTV}}
* [[NiceGuy Nice Guys]]: They had a good reputation among other bands who toured with them, and were respectful towards their supporting acts. When The Angels/Angel City's equipment was stolen, Cheap Trick provided them with gear to finish their tour. By contrast, Music/TheKinks the same year found Angel City's act too difficult to follow and dropped them from the bill.
* NiceHat: Rick Nielsen

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* LongTitle: "The Ballad of T.V. Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)"
Boy)".
* LyricalDissonance: "Auf Wiedersehen" has to be the happiest-ever happiest ever song about suicide.
** They like jarring mood swings, as in "How Are You?": in In the middle of a bouncy, cheery, singsong melody is a sudden, accusing "How could you? ''Why did you''?"
* {{MTV}}
Creator/{{MTV}}
* [[NiceGuy Nice Guys]]: {{Nice Guy}}s: They had a good reputation among other bands who toured with them, and were respectful towards their supporting acts. When The Angels/Angel Angels / Angel City's equipment was stolen, Cheap Trick provided them with gear to finish their tour. By contrast, Music/TheKinks the same year found Angel City's act too difficult to follow and dropped them from the bill.
* NiceHat: Rick NielsenNielsen.



* PowerBallad: "The Flame"
* ThePowerOfRock: ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule''

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* PowerBallad: "The Flame"
Flame".
* ThePowerOfRock: ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule''''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule''.



** Also counts as RearrangeTheSong - the two versions are ''barely'' recognizable. In fact, the only version people seem to want to acknowledge the existence of is the ''At Budokan'' version.
* RockBand: "Hello There" is ''Rock Band 2'''s intro song. Also, three of their hits were released for ''Rock Band 3'' as DLC (all of them from the ''At Budokan'' live album except for the last one): "Surrender", "I Want You to Want Me" and "Dream Police".

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** Also counts as RearrangeTheSong - -- the two versions are ''barely'' recognizable. In fact, the only version people seem to want to acknowledge the existence of is the ''At Budokan'' version.
* RockBand: VideoGame/RockBand: "Hello There" is ''Rock Band 2'''s intro song. Also, three of their hits were released for ''Rock Band 3'' as DLC (all of them from the ''At Budokan'' live album except for the last one): "Surrender", "I Want You to Want Me" and "Dream Police".



* ShoutOut - "When I woke up / Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch / [[OpenMindedParent Rolling numbers, rock and rolling]] / got my Music/{{KISS}} records out."

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* ShoutOut - ShoutOut: "When I woke up / Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch / [[OpenMindedParent Rolling numbers, rock and rolling]] / got my Music/{{KISS}} records out."



* SmokingIsCool: Averted. While Bun E. Carlos was famous for his ever-present cigarette while he performed, he quit smoking in the 90s.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: One of the most common praises of ''At Budokan'' is that it presents the respective songs in a comparatively "raw", energetic fashion in comparison with Tom Werman's "overproduction" on that period's albums (something which even the band members criticized for ''In Color''). For example, compare the album and live versions of "Surrender": the live one nearly drowns out the synth, cranks up the guitars, gives the drums more punch and ''still'' includes really loud audience cheering, adding to the atmosphere. The ''In Color'' version of "I Want You To Want Me" was released as a single and never charted in the USA, but the ''Budokan'' version of "I Want You To Want Me" was released as a single, peaked at #7 and became one of their best-selling singles.
** Their 1977 self-titled debut gets similar praise. It was produced by Jack Douglas in a noticeably rawer fashion than Werman's work on the following albums.
** The band wised up to this starting in TheNineties (presumably the viciously criticized sound of ''The Doctor'' played a part), and all their albums since ''Woke Up With a Monster'' have returned to that kind of direct sound. They even re-recorded ''In Color'' with Music/SteveAlbini in 1998 to make it sound rawer, but said result was never officially released. [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes It did leak online though.]]

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* SmokingIsCool: Averted. While Bun E. Carlos was famous for his ever-present cigarette while he performed, he quit smoking in the 90s.
'90s.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: One of the most common praises of ''At Budokan'' is that it presents the respective songs in a comparatively "raw", energetic fashion in comparison with Tom Werman's "overproduction" on that period's albums (something which even the band members criticized for ''In Color''). For example, compare the album and live versions of "Surrender": the The live one nearly drowns out the synth, cranks up the guitars, gives the drums more punch and ''still'' includes really loud audience cheering, adding to the atmosphere. The ''In Color'' version of "I Want You To to Want Me" was released as a single and never charted in the USA, but the ''Budokan'' version of "I Want You To to Want Me" was released as a single, peaked at #7 and became one of their best-selling singles.
** Their 1977 self-titled debut gets similar praise. It was produced by Jack Douglas in a noticeably rawer fashion than Werman's work on the following albums.
albums.
** The band wised up to this starting in TheNineties (presumably the viciously criticized sound of ''The Doctor'' played a part), and all their albums since ''Woke Up With with a Monster'' have returned to that kind of direct sound. They even re-recorded ''In Color'' with Music/SteveAlbini in 1998 to make it sound rawer, but said result was never officially released. [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes It did leak online though.]]



* UpToEleven: Double-necked guitars, which usually added a second, 12-string neck to the body of the guitar, were a popular gimmick in the 1970s. Neilsen went and got a three-... no, four-... no, ''FIVE''-necked guitar made for himself.

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* UpToEleven: Double-necked guitars, which usually added a second, 12-string neck to the body of the guitar, were a popular gimmick in the 1970s.1970's. Neilsen went and got a three-... no, No, four-... no, No, ''FIVE''-necked guitar made for himself.
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