Classic Rock Bottom

We've finally arrived at the end of our journey.  Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello is the seventeenth full studio release from Cheap Trick.  It's the twentieth album that we have covered in the Cheap Trick catalog.  The album is Cheap Trick's first Top 40 album (number 31) since 1988.  It has not received a certification so far and the lone single to this point has not charted on the US chart (it did chart at number 24 on the US Rock chart.  I've gotta say, this is a fantastic record.  Start to finish, there isn't a single dud.  There are certainly standout tracks (Heart On The Line, No Direction Home, When I Wake Up Tomorrow, Sing My Blues Away and The Sun Never Sets to name a few), but really, everything is good.  It starts strong and finishes strong.  The only weakness involved here is the album title.  I'm not complaining, it's the band's choice, I just don't personally like it.  Other than that, I'm having a tough time deciding where to insert it in my album ranking.  It's right in the mix with CT '97 and Rockford.  Guess I'll have to make a choice.  Oh yeah, The Sun Never Sets is one of Cheap Tricks all time best songs.

Album Ranking:

1. Standing On The Edge

2. In Color

3. Dream Police

4. Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello

5. Cheap Trick (1997)

6. Rockford

7. Cheap Trick (1977)

8. Heaven Tonight

9. Special One

10. At Budokan (Live)

11. Busted

12. Lap Of Luxury

13. Woke Up With A Monster

14. The Latest

15. All Shook Up

16. Next Position Please

17. One On One

18. Found All The Parts (EP)

19. Sgt. Pepper's Live

20. The Doctor

RJ's Ultimate Cheap Trick Playlist:

1. Hot Love

2. He's A Whore

3. Mandocello

4. Oh Candy

5. Hello There

6. Big Eyes

7. Oh Caroline

8. Clock Strikes Ten

9. Southern Girls

10. Come On, Come On

11. So Good To See You

12. Surrender

13. On Top Of The World

14. California Man

15. Auf Wiedersehen

16. Ain't That A Shame (Live)

17. I Want You To Want Me (Live)

18. Dream Police

19. Way Of The World

20. This House Is Rockin'

21. Gonna Raise Hell

22. Voices

23. Writing On The Wall

24. I Know What I Want

25. Need Your Love

26. Can't Hold On

27. Such A Good Girl

28. Take Me I'm Yours

29. Stop This Game

30. Just Got Back

31. Can't Stop It But I'm Gonna Try

32. If You Want My Love

33. She's Tight

34. I Can't Take It

35. Little Sister

36. Tonight It's You

37. Love Comes

38. Standing On The Edge

39. This Time Around

40. Cover Girl

41. The Flame

42. Wrong Side Of Love

43. Ghost Town

44. Back 'n Blue

45. If You Need Me

46. Can't Stop Falling Into Love

47. You Drive, I'll Steer

48. Had To Make You Mine

49. Never Run Out Of Love

50. Didn't Know I Had It

51. Tell Me Everything

52. Anytime

53. Hard To Tell

54. Carnival Game

55. You Let A Lotta People Down

56. Say Goodbye

57. Wrong All Along

58. It All Comes Back To You

59. Too Much

60. Special One

61. Pop Drone

62. My Obsession

63. Sorry Boy

64. If I Could

65. Perfect Stranger

66. If It Takes A Lifetime

67. O Claire

68. This Time You Got It

69. Give It Away

70. Every Night And Every Day

71. Dream The Night Away

72. All Those Years

73. When The Lights Are Out

74. Miss Tomorrow

75. Sick Man Of Europe

76. Everybody Knows

77. Smile

78. Heart On The Line

79. No Direction Home

80. When I Wake Up Tomorrow

81. Do You Believe Me?

82. Sing My Blues Away

83. Roll Me

84. The In Crowd

85. The Sun Never Sets

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