Thursday, January 17, 2008

An Early Clue to the New Direction

From 1988, here's Cheap Trick and their depressingly unironic power ballad hit "The Flame."



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10 comments:

Gary Oxford said...

Worst song by an otherwise great artist or group?

peter spencer said...

Most egregious quick-cutting?

gottahavepop said...

Lame non-cover songs written by outside songwriters?

TMink said...

I like the way Gary thinks. Course, he thought it first!

Worst power ballad? Wow, good luck making that cut! Decisions decisions!

Trey

return of the plumber said...

Selling out to prolong a career?

dave™© said...

I'll take "Songs by Groups That Decided to Take Themselves Too Seriously," Alex...

Dave said...

Bands, on the cusp of Roll and Hall Hall of Fame induction, that were always boring despite what critics once said.

Ripley said...

When chick songs go wrong?

I should note: I have nothing against women or their taste in music, but I've often noticed that a lot of rock bands don't really make it big until they capture the female demographic's ear. Think Def Leppard, Metallica, Dokken, Poison - many times that ballad is the tipping point to greater success. Hell, look at Michael Bolton - how many people remember "Fool's Game"? Anyhoo, no offense, ladies!

Kid Charlemagne said...

should note: I have nothing against women or their taste in music, but I've often noticed that a lot of rock bands don't really make it big until they capture the female demographic's ear. Think Def Leppard, Metallica, Dokken, Poison - many times that ballad is the tipping point to greater success. Hell, look at Michael Bolton - how many people remember "Fool's Game"? Anyhoo, no offense, ladies!

Chris Matthews!! Is that you?

steve simels said...

gary oxford said...
Worst song by an otherwise great artist or group?


I can't believe you got it right out of the box!


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