Cheap Trick

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.

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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.



“Know Your Product”The Saints

Last week Greg gave some love to our friends down under and chose a track by the Australian group The Go-Betweens. But, Jim was hoping he‘d go right to the band that intro’s this segment: The Saints. So this week he drops a coin in the Desert Island Jukebox and chooses the ultimate anti-advertising song: "Know Your Product" from 1978. And after this, Sound Opinions H.Q. is expecting a free trip to Brisbane.

Featured Songs

  1. Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray,“Caramel,”Pure Sunray, 2013
  2. Rihanna, Diamonds, Unapologetic, Def Jam, 2012
  3. Cheap Trick, Hello There, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979
  4. Cheap Trick, Ain't That a Shame, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979 (4:43) Live on Sound Opinions
  5. John Lennon, Ain't That a Shame, Rock N Roll, Capitol, 1975
  6. Cheap Trick, Ain't That a Shame, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979
  7. Cheap Trick,“Come On, Come On”At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979
  8. Cheap Trick, I Want You to Want Me, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979 Live on Sound Opinions
  9. Cheap Trick, I Want You to Want Me, In Color, Epic/Sony, 1977
  10. Cheap Trick, I Want You to Want Me, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979
  11. Cheap Trick, Lookout, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979 Live on Sound Opinions
  12. Cheap Trick, Clock Strikes Ten, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979
  13. Cheap Trick, Surrender, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979 Live on Sound Opinions
  14. Cheap Trick, Big Eyes, At Budokan, Epic/Sony, 1979
  15. Janelle Monáe, Dance Apocalyptic, The Electric Lady, Wondaland Arts Society, 2013
  16. Janelle Monáe, Givin Em What They Love, The Electric Lady, Wondaland Arts Society, 2013
  17. The Saints, Know Your Product, Eternally Yours, Sire, 1978
  18. Electric Light Orchestra, Telephone Line, A New World Record, Jet, 1976
  19. Dorothy Masuka, El Yow (Phata Phata), Hamba Nontsokolo, Gallo Record Company, 1993
  20. BLK JKS, Lakeside, After Robots, Universal Music Oy, 2009
  21. Nine Inch Nails, Head Like a Hole, Pretty Hate Machine, TVT Records, 1989
  22. Onra, Hope, Chinoiseries, All City Records, 2011

Footnotes Sound Opinions on EDM MDMA deaths MDMA on Here and Now SFX Entertainment IPO Cheap Trick's bandpage At Budokan The City of Rockford Greg reviews The ArchAndroid Greg reviews Electric Lady“Here Comes the City”“Know Your Product”