Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Perfect Debut

Cheap TrickI'm in a kinda Trickster mood this week so as I covered my least favorite Cheap Trick album last post, now I cover my favorite one.

Cheap Trick's debut album was released in 1977. Most of its songs are rawer and deal with more extreme subject matter than on any of their later albums. Songs about youth-culture cynicism ("Elo Kiddies"), pedophilia ("Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School"), mass murder ("The Ballad of TV Violence"), and gigolos ("He's a Whore"), not to mention an amazing cover of Terry Reid's "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace." The latter starts out with a kinda mellow guitar riff and then Bun e and Tom kick in with the rhythm and it builds then Rick Nielsen kicks in with the raunchiest nasty one chord guitar riff that just slays me every time I hear it. As the songs last chord rings out it segues into the massive chord cruncher "He's a Whore," which may possibly be a candidate for best song ever. This album is everything a good rock and roll record should be. heavy guitar songs that contain some of the most catchy and addictive melody lines in music history. From the first track to the last, this album is very nearly perfect, and captures the wild, infectious energy that Cheap Trick lets loose in their stage shows, better than any other album they've ever made has been able to. This album can be at any given moment: hard, frenetic, insane, wild, edgy, chaotic, sexy, and outrageous. Most fans consider this to be one of Cheap Trick's best albums, if not their best. One could argue that it's one of the best debut albums by any band, period. Ladies and gentlemen this is perfection.

Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School
The Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)
Buy It

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