Plus, they're probably my all-time #1 band who writes songs that don't rhyme.Granted, most of their lyrics follow standard rhyming logic -- but once you get into the second or third verses, they always seem to throw in one or two lines that phonetically had absolutely nothing to do with each other.
The other thing that was important about Cheap Trick was guitarist Rick Nielsen, who aside from being a really underrated soloist -- always had the coolest looking custom guitars. Half the reason you saw Cheap Trick live was to see what he'd be playing next.And yet it still worked on me every time.
The 5-neck guitar is something of a legend among guitar aficionados, so much that Nielsen apparently keeps the thing sealed up in a locked vault at his house so that it won't get damaged between tours. He didn't even bring it out when he performed the theme for "The Colbert Report" (which he wrote) live on the show.And that was all before the video for this song came out.
Guitarists in general are big on copycatting, so it's no surprise that half the guitars that you see in the stores look like the ones the stars play, or that as soon as one band gets really popular there are literally hundreds of others out there looking to rip off their style -- but it got me to thinking about the other things that happen when music and video get into peoples heads.
Have you ever adopted a fashion style or accessory or even something like a hairstyle just because of a singer/artist you really liked (you know, like when I bought all that Union Jack gear, or the time I got really mad that I couldn't find a decent FRANKIE SAY RELAX shirt back in the day)? And if so, what was it (and what was the song that made it seem like a good idea)?
"Mommy's all right, Daddy's all right -- They just seem a little weird.."
[Listening To: Nada Surf – "Popular" ]