Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Cheap Trick: Dream Police (Epic)

Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 22 September 1979

IT'S IRONIC that Cheap Trick, having recorded a song called 'ELO Kiddies' on their debut album almost three years ago, should now be setting themselves up as the Electric Light Orchestra of the Eighties. Their strategy isn't so different from that of Jeff Lynne, inspecting a wide range of proven principles and adapting them for their own purposes. And, like ELO, it's a strategy they employ with stunning success.

Total word count of piece: 627