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Bassist Tom Peterson and Guitarist Rick Neilson were in a band called Fuse before Cheap Trick was formed in 1973. They put out one single ("Hound Dog" b/w "Crusin for Burgers") in 1969 and only one album, called 'Fuse' in January 1970 Rick: "Tom Petersson and I were in a Midwest band called Fuse. The guys we were with were all rinky dinks; they’re probably pumping gas now. Tom and I had the stick-to-it-iveness and positive thinking to know what we wanted to do, so we split the band and went off to hang out in England.... That Fuse stuff stinks. We don’t stand by it" Tom: "The band was much better than the album indicates. When it came out we were disgusted. The producer was an idiot." Rick and Tom went on to form a new band called Sick Man of Europe which led to Cheap Trick.
Submitted by: I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 7X!
For the infamous 2016 campaign, the Republican Party offered the band $100,000 to play at a concert launching the 2016 Republican National Convention. Singer Robin Zander said, "We turned it down. Then we had second thoughts. Maybe we should have accepted it—but we would all have got swastika guitars made." Cheap Trick is known for making flip remarks all the time.
Submitted by: I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 7X!

Band Name Origins:

  • I had heard in an interview with the band that their "gimmick" was to dress like someone they idolized. Because they were using images, they were performing a "Cheap Trick" Submitted by: Gomez
  • They asked a Ouiji board what they should call their band. Submitted by: Equus

Stupid Band Names:

  • How much did the trick cost? Submitted by: Travis

Former Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Robin Zander""Lounge Singer"He was in the choir in high school. He had a one-year contract as a parlor entertainer in Wisconsin and was asked by a band in Rockford, Illinois to join them at the end of his contract. He did so. - He Wants Us To Want HIM!

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Hummer"there is a 'hmm hmm' in the lyrics but that's it. The content has nothing to do with hummingbirds, the vehicle or that vulgar sexual slang word either. - Get Your Mind Out Of the Gutter

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Expensive TrickTheir CD I bought was not cheap at all.Travis

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"I Want You To Haunt Me""I Want You To Want Me"Bruce Curb
"I Want You To Taunt Me""I Want You To Want Me"Bruce Curb
"I Want You To Daunt Me""I Want You To Want Me"Bruce Curb
"Never Had Squat To Lose""Never Had A Lot To Lose"Regina Haniger
"La Llama""The Flame "odalis

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Dream Police,"When did these police get into my head?Peter
"Everything Works If You Let It,"No. Some things break and must be repaired to workYvette Bristle

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Do You Hear What I Hear?," Harry Simeone Chorale"Voices," Cheap Trick
"Light My Candle," Cast of 'Rent'"The Flame," Cheap Trick
"Tell Me What You Want," Hall and Oates"I Want You To Want Me," Cheap Trick
"So Whatcha Want?," Beastie Boys"I Want You To Want Me," Cheap Trick
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Stop His Game" originally "Stop This Game"
"Speak Now Or Forever Hold Our Peace" originally "Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace"
Ashley Michelle McGowan
"Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Pace" originally "Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace"
Ashley Michelle McGowan
"He's Tight" originally "She's Tight"
Candy Welty
"Top This Game" originally "Stop This Game"

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Never Had A Lot To Loose" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Naomi Swanson
"Stop His Game" originally "Stop This Game"
"Never Had A Lot To Close" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Alyssa Jayne
"Never Had A Slot To Lose" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Alyssa Jayne
"Never Had A Clot To Lose" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Alyssa Jayne

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Never Had A Lot To Love" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Naomi Swanson
"Lever Had A Lot To Lose" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Naomi Swanson
"Never Had A Loo To Lose" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Naomi Swanson
"Never Had A Rot To Lose" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Naomi Swanson
"Never Had A Lox To Lose" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Lox = a type of cured fish
Naomi Swanson

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.


Mar 24
a parody of "Surrender" by Cheap Trick
After hearing this song at a local store, and listening to the lyrics of the 1st verse, i got the idea for this parody. In fact the line that goes "You'll Never Know What You'll Catch" made it the perfect song to do a Corona Virus parody of. (MP3)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Ain't That A Shame""Aim Massive Shame"eeL deaL
"I Want You To Want Me""I Want You To Hate Him"eeL deaL
"I Want You to Want Me""I Want You to Taunt Me"John A. Barry
"Surrender""Corona"Professor Incubus
"I Want You To Want Me""I Conned You, I Conned Thee"harry
"Dream Police""T.H.O.T. Police"Arch Vile
"I Want You to Want Me""I Comped You, So Comp Me"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Dream Police""Thought Police"Peter Andersson a.k.a K1chyd
"Surrender""Defender"K. Letterman

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Gonna Raise HellRay's Hell BurgerTwo Time Trickster
The FlameHeartburn ReliefTravis
I Want You To Want MeU.S. ArmyJoeKing
SurrenderFrench importsSomeone

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Auf WiedersehenSuicide Prevention Hotlinekernalsanders
I Want You To Want MeMichael Jackson's Neverland RanchLady Mondogreen
I Want You To Want MePriestMelhi

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Teenage Dream
   Katy Perry
Dream Police
   Cheap Trick
Teenage Dream Police
Ashley Schwartz
We Can't Stop
   Miley Cyrus
Stop This Game
   Cheap Trick
We Can't Stop This Game
Potato Clock
   The Scaffold
Clock Strikes Ten
   Cheap Trick
Potato Clock Strikes Ten
Wendy Torrance
I Just Wanna Stop
   Gino Vannelli
Stop This Game
   Cheap Trick
I Just Wanna Stop This Game
Odie Garfield
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Cheap Girls' Trick
Cheap Girls combined with Cheap Trick
Of course, both bands consist entirely of guys.
Submitted By: Phil
Chic Trick
Chic combined with Cheap Trick
The Donald always knows his ho's.
Submitted By: Andy
Cheap Motels
Cheap Trick combined with The Motels
Submitted By: signawaiver
Cheap Trickster
Cheap Trick combined with Trixter
Submitted By: GlamRockNinjaLord

There are additional Cheap Trick Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

Misheard Lyrics:
Samantha, Samantha
Original Lyrics:
Surrender, surrender
"Dream Police"
Misheard Lyrics:
The deep police
Original Lyrics:
The dream police
"I Want You to Want Me"
Misheard Lyrics:
I need you to meet me
Original Lyrics:
I need you to need me
"Dream Police"
Misheard Lyrics:
The Brave Police
Original Lyrics:
The Dream Police
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"The Flame"
Misheard Lyrics:
I’m going crazy, I’m losing sheep
Original Lyrics:
I’m going crazy, I’m losing sleep

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

This could have been one or the other - that he could have not counted sheep to go to sleep or a gay version of Little Bo Peep.

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"If You Want My Love"
Better Lyrics:
If you want our state, forget it
If you need our votes, forget it
O' surrogate
Vote for Hillary? No way! Noooo!!!
Original Lyrics:
If you want my love, you got it
If you need my love, you got it
I won't hide it
I won't throw your love away, ooh...
Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

The Funny Lyrics:
Then I woke up, Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch
Rolling numbers, rock n rollin
Got my kiss records out
Why They're Funny:
Actually, the whole song is funny. But this part just cracks me up. Anyone who's ever seen Rick Nielsen on stage knows he's a riot. But just imagining what his parents must've been like...and knowing they were both opera singers...I don't know. Just the idea of two opera singers having sex on the couch at 3 am while listening to kiss cracks me up!
Submitted by: Cassie Nielsen

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

The Nonsensical Lyrics:
See you over yonder where the rights are read your name
You search for the riddle to the clue to the river she came...
Why They're Nonsensical:
This entire verse doesn't even pretend to make any sense...
Submitted by: Gary Storrick

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

The Misrhymed Lyrics:
Mother told me, yes, she told me I'd meet girls like you.
She also told me, 'Stay away, you'll never know what you'll catch.'
Just the other day I heard a soldier falling off
some Indonesian junk that's going round.
Why They're Misrhymed:
Ok, bascially most of the song doesn't rhyme. I know it doesn't HAVE to but it just sounds weird. I like the song though.
Submitted by: Lalibaba

Dated Song Lyrics:

The Dated Lyrics:
Father says your mother's right
She's really up on things
Before we married Mommy served
In the WACs in the Philippines
Now I had heard the WACs recruited
Old maids for the war
But Mommy isn't one of those
I've known her all these years
Why They're Dated:
The Women's Army Corps disbanded the year the song was released
Submitted by: Kerry
"Taxman Mr. Thief "
The Dated Lyrics:
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he's a thief)
He's looking for run-in, yeah
Why They're Dated:
Edward Heath was no longer Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1977, when this Cheap Trick song came out. James Callaghan was then the PM ; Furthermore, as Americans Cheap Trick would not have reason to worry about the UK tax system. The song was a tribute to the Beatles' 'Taxman', which did mention Heath (then Leader of the Opposition).
Submitted by: Mike Gold

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Listen to Me"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Early to bed, early to rise
Look at my leg, look at the size
Look at the size
Why They're Dirty:
Look at the size of what? And what's on his leg?
Submitted by: Dream Policeman

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"ELO Kiddies"
The Lyrics:
ELO kiddies, ELO kiddies
Who They Mention:
Look at the spelling. It's pronounced as "eh-lo" but it's an indirect reference to Electric Light Orchestra.
Submitted by: Three Time Trickster

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"She's Tight"
The Song Lyrics:
She's tight. She's a calendar girl.
Song They Mention:
"Calendar Girl" by Neil Sedaka
Submitted by: Beatle Bomb

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"If You Want My Love"
Opening Lines:
If you want my love, you got it.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"Dream Police"
Opening Lines:
The dream police, they live inside of my head. The dream police, they come to me in my bed.
Off of their album "Dream Police".
Submitted by: rocky
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Dre Am Pol Ice" originally "Dream Police"
Dr Dre is ice cold? But what kind of Pol?
Submitted by: Peter
"Dre Am Pol Ice" originally "Dream Police"
Dr Dre is ice cold? But what kind of Pol?
Submitted by: Peter
"Dre Am Po Lice" originally "Dream Police"
Dr Dre is the lice in a river in Italy?
Submitted by: Peter
"Dre Am Police" originally "Dream Police"
Dr Dre is the police, now? Interesting.
Submitted by: Peter

Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics:

"I Want You To Want Me"
The Lyrics:
I'd love you to love me
I'm surprised this one hasn't been submitted yet. I like this song--but for crying out loud, it should be "I'd love FOR you to love me."
Submitted by: Jonathan S.

Band Name Anagrams:

Patch Erick Submitted by: Cape Canaveral Lavigne
Ticker Chap Submitted by: Cape Canaveral Lavigne
I Peck Chart Submitted by: Liza Lott
Tick Preach Submitted by: Avatarred And Feathered
Pick Her Cat Submitted by: Candy Welty

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"Feel Math" originally "The Flame"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Dome Replica" originally "Dream Police"
Submitted by: Alina
"Remedial Cop" originally "Dream Police"
Submitted by: Alina
"Mediocre Pal" originally "Dream Police"
Submitted by: Alina
"Mediocre Lap" originally "Dream Police"
Submitted by: Alina

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Super Long Pop Songs:

"The Flame" Length: 5:37
"The Flame" was released in 1988. It reaching #1 on Billboard's Pop Chart, making them their biggest hit single and also their only number-one hit single there to date.
Submitted by: Wisnu Aji

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Clock Strikes Ten" Length: 2:59
Submitted by: Evan
"Hello There" Length: 1:41
Submitted by: Evan
"Hello There" Length: 1:41
Submitted by: Evan
"Hot Love" Length: 2:30
I like Cheap Trick no matter how long or short their songs are.
Submitted by: Travis

Song Title Acrostics:

BE: "Big Eyes"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
HAW: "He's A Whore"
Submitted by: Travis

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Lever Had A Knot To Lose" originally "Never Had A Lot To Lose"
Submitted by: Sardine Taylor
"I Want Moo To Want Ye" originally "I Want You To Want Me"
Submitted by: Carrie Dawn Knight-Lee
"Everything Lurks If You Wet It" originally "Everything Works If You Let It"
Submitted by: Billy Reuben

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Cheek Trip originally "Cheap Trick"
Submitted by: Josh
Trip Cheek originally "Cheap Trick"
Submitted by: Rocky

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

That's right. I was searching and fooling around on the Amazon website and BION there is a page where you can buy under 'apparel' a set of 'Cheap Trick Bang Zoom Crazy Hello Logo Basic Cotton Underwear'. It doesn't specify which gender it's for but the model wearing them seems to have a feminine figure. On the derierre is a picture of a sexy woman with big hair waring heels, a leather bikini, leather leg-warmers - and she's holding up Rick Neilson's famous 5-neck guitar. And of course there's the famous 'Cheap Trick' double-name logo on the side. I've never seen any swag like this at any of the seven Cheap Trick shows I've been to. Nonetheless, they had a hit in 1982 with 'She's Tight!' and now YOU can be too, courtesy of the band!
Submitted by: I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 7X!
"Souvenir for 'Surrender'"
We all know that guitarist Rick Neilson does some notorious, sometimes kooky stuff during a Cheap Trick concert. Every show has a few songs you can count on them playing and 'Surrender' is one of them. When Robin Zander sings, 'Whatever happened to all this season's losers of the year? / Every time I got to thinking, where'd they disappear? / When I woke up, mom and dad are rolling on the couch. / Rolling numbers, rock and rolling, got my KISS records out'. then Rick tosses a souvenir to the audience and of course people try to catch it just like they do Rick's guitar picks. Well, it's not a KISS record but it's a Cheap Trick LP outer cover (no LP or jacket inside) and it is sealed. Glued into the LP cover's perimeter are guitar picks from the band and the designs on them are all different. Rick tosses this item at every show during this song. Last night I saw the band play again and after their show I ran into the lucky couple who caught the item Rick tossed. It was just as described here - the album featured was the 1979 classic 'At Budokan' and the copy was SIGNED by the band members! This was the first time I actually saw one of these special souvenirs and that's because I happened to run into the lucky couple who caught the valuable collector's item. Lucky bastards ; )
Submitted by: I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 5X!
"Guitarist's comical persona"
First time I saw this band guitarist Rick Neilson wore a sweater adorned with skulls and a ballcap. He talked about how they were going to play a lot of hits that night, and he commented about popular music in 1989. He praised Aerosmith, INXS, AC/DC...and then he quipped that this 'Tiffany and Debby Gibson should be taken to the fucking K-mart for a full refund!'. Cheers erupted. He continued, 'cause that's some really BAD SHIT!'. He pulled his cap down and glared comically to more audience cheering. He glared and then opined some more, 'It's BAAAAAD SHIT! And we're here to deliver some solid rock'n'roll for you tonight'. And did they EVER!
Submitted by: I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 4x!
"tossing guitar picks into crowd"
Guitarist Rick Neilson often flicks guitar picks into the crowd while he plays his guitars. He also scoops into a bucket and chucks more picks into the audience, making people scramble to catch them for souvenirs. The picks always are decorated in some fashion. I got 2 picks from the band from different shows and they're never the same design twice.
Submitted by: I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 4x!

There are additional Lighter Side of Serious Bands available.

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Guitarist's Beard"
In the mid 90s to the mid 00s or so guitarist Rick Neilson sported a very thin mustache and a beard that tapered to a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG thread that had a bag (teabag?) dangling from it. Sometime in the 00s decade he shaved it off and sold the shavings and bag on E-Bay and donated all the proceeds to charity.
Submitted by: I've Seen Cheap Trick Live 5X!
"Naughty, Naughty!"
The 'Music For Hangovers' CD has a white-on-grayish image of a bartender serving drinks to 4 women sitting on barstools - and they are NUDE! Naughty, Naughty!
Submitted by: I Saw Cheap Trick Live 5X!
"Catalog Dispute"
Their 1999 live CD 'Music For Hangovers' is listed as CT's SECOND official (authorized) live release. Before the Trick (and other bands) were dumped by the major record labels in the big mid 90s reshuffling, their old company Epic released 'Budokan II' in 1993. The CD tray for 'Music For Hangovers' lists their whole authorized catalog, without 'Budokan II' and it lists 2 authorized videos. The comes the disclaimer: BUYER BEWARE!: Any other Cheap Trick releases are unauthorized and not sanctioned by the band. BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK!'. The CD tray of the next album, 'Special One' from 2003 shows a panorama of authorized Cheap Trick albums incl. the 1980 EP 'Found All the Parts' but still no 'Budokan II'. Strange enough, some (but not all) of the tracks of that album appear on the 1998 2-CD set 'At Budokan: The Complete Concert' which IS listed as 'authorized' (the 1979 classic 'At Budokan' being the first).
Submitted by: I Saw Cheap Trick Live 5X!
"Insane popularity in Japan"
In Japan, Cheap Trick are often called the American Beatles. I also shouldn't have to say it, but "Live At Budokan" was originally a Japan-only release. And their only official compilation album has an extra disc on the Japanese version.
Submitted by: GlamRockNinjaLord

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Big Eyes"
Tim Burton's 2014 film
Submitted by: Sutch

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