Sunday, 23 January 2011

81: Cheap Trick, “I Want You To Want Me” (no.29, 1979)

They really were big in Japan. When the band apparently known as “the American Beatles” (!) first released “I Want You to Want Me”, it did no business whatsoever in their native U.S., but went stratospheric in the East - indeed, the version that later stormed the British and American charts (and entered soft-rock folklore) was one recorded live at the legendary Budokan. Covered countless times since: some good (Letters to Cleo, on the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack), some bad (Lindsay Lohan), some, erm, unusual (Gael Garcia Bernal, in the film Rudo y Cursi).

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