Cheap Trick Live At Budokan

35 years ago Cheap Trick were Live at Budokan. This week, they do it all again live in our studio.

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Cheap Trick

35 years ago some boys from Rockford, IL headed over to Japan to play some shows. Since they didn’t have much fame in the U.S., they never expected to be mobbed by 5,000 fans at the airport, a la The Beatles. But, now, of course, Cheap Trick is a household name in its own country. The live recording At Budokan went on to sell over 3 million copies. Cheap Trick members Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson and Nielsen’s son Daxx (sitting in for Bun E. Carlos on drums) give us live At Budokan live on Sound Opinions and talk about the decision to travel overseas, meeting idols like Fats Domino and why they are the band that will steal your guitar, but never your girlfriend.

The Electric Lady Janelle Monáe

The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe wowed Jim and Greg with her 2010 album The ArchAndroid. Apparently she wowed the likes of Erykah Badu and Prince too, because they are just some of the guest stars on her new release The Electric Lady. But unfortunately, none of these collaborators helped Monáe edit herself. Jim and Greg love tracks like Givin Em What They Love and Dance Apocalyptic, but they also hear some real mistakes. Jim would include some of the non-musical interludes among them. The Electric Lady gets a double Burn It.

Jim

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