Classic Rock Bottom

The newest addition to the Cheap Trick Catalog has at least four songs that are outstanding slices of power pop, and they should be heard by the masses.  Which leads me to Lap Of Luxury, the band's 1988 offering that was straight up pop music.  It certainly worked from a commercial standpoint, as it became the band's first Platinum album since Dream Police in 1979.  It produced three Top 40 singles, including Don't Be Cruel (#4) and the band's lone U.S. number 1 hit, The Flame.  Tom Petersson was back in the band, but the band was forced to use outside songwriters for a large amount of the album's material.  But that doesn't mean I don't like it.  I liked it when it came out, and I still do to some extent.  Can't explain why, just do.  What about you?

Album Ranking:

1. Standing On The Edge

2. In Color

3. Dream Police

4. Cheap Trick (1977)

5. Heaven Tonight

6. At Budokan (Live)

7. Lap Of Luxury

8. All Shook Up

9. Next Position Please

10. One On One

11. Found All The Parts (EP)

12. 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

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