Throwback Video of the Week!

Throwback Video of the Week!

Throwback Video of the Week!

(L-R) Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petterson of the band Cheap Trick perform on stage during the 35th Anniversary of Cheap Trick at Budokan at the John Varvatos Bowery NYC store on April 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for John Varvatos)

Cheap Trick was one of the more interesting looking bands on MTV in the 1980s. Two of the guys, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson, have always looked like rock stars. The drummer, Bun E. Carlos, looked more like he could have been their chain-smoking manager. And guitarist Rick Nielsen…well, he just has a look all his own with his bowties and ballcaps. But, man, can they play.

Hailing from Rockford, Illinois, Cheap Trick was formed in 1973 by guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, lead vocalist Randy Hogan, and drummer Bun E. Carlos. The current lineup consists of frontman Robin Zander, Nielsen, and Petersson. Carlos left the band in 2010.

Cheap Trick released their self-titled debut album in 1977 and found early success in Japan with the release of their second album, In Color, later that year. The band would achieve mainstream popularity in the U.S. with their breakthrough 1978 live album, Cheap Trick at Budokan.

Cheap Trick reached the top 10 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with Cheap Trick at Budokan and again in 1979 with Dream Police. Over the years, the band built a dedicated cult following and experienced several resurgences of popularity, such as the one in 1988 following the release of their Lap of Luxury album. They’ve sold more than 20 million albums and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

  • I Want You To Want Me (1977)

    Cheap Trick was big in Japan before they really broke through in America. One of the singles that paved the way for the band’s future success was “I Want You To Want Me.” This video was filmed during Cheap Trick’s concerts at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo in April 1978.

  • Dream Police (1979)

    “Dream Police” is the title track from Cheap Trick’s fourth studio album. The quirky video features the band members as both police officers and suspects in a lineup.

  • Don't Be Cruel (1988)

    Cheap Trick’s excellent version of this Elvis Presley classic was the second single released from the band’s Lap of Luxury album, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in October 1988. Watch for drummer Bun E. Carlos in the King’s white jumpsuit at the end of the video.

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