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Dream Police – Cheap Trick

cheap-trick-dream-policeI’ve always been a fan of Cheap Trick. They’re one of the great little poppy rock bands that foisted ear candy on their unsuspecting listeners throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s. They’re still around today, but their best work is in that late ’70s and early ’80 period. Today’s nugget bouncing around my head is “Dream Police” from their 1979 release titled Dream Police.

This is classic Power Pop music. Most Power Pop is fast, peppy, poppy music about girls you love, girls that love you, girls you used to love and girls that no longer love you. And sometimes Power Pop songs are about police that invade your dreams. But that’s definitely the exception.

Name-dropping great power pop songs

I’m an unashamed fan of Power Pop music. Bands like The Knack (“My Sharona”), Rick Springfield (“Jessee’s Girl”), Big Star (“September Gurls”), Fountains of Wayne (“Stacey’s Mom), The Plimsouls (“A Million Miles Away) and The Smithereens (“A Girl Like You”) embody the Power Pop sound.

Simple lyrics, simple songs, killer hooks and catchy guitar riffs. Rarely do any Power Pop songs extend more than 3:30. They’re fun, fast and disposable.

My cousin owned the 45 single of “Dream Police” and I played at least 10 times every time I visited his house. He ultimately grew to hate the song while I loved it. His loss not mine.

Watch Cheap Trick sing about “Dream Police” (fast forward video to 1:05 for the song to start)

Bonus Cheap Trick Power Pop goodness

One Cheap Trick song is never enough. So here are three of their best, including “I Want You To Want Me,” the hit that really put Cheap Trick on the map. Plus you get “Surrender” and “She’s Tight”–a song that features a riff the band Poison stole as the basis of “Talk Dirty to Me.” But that’s a post for another day.

Buy “Dream Police” and Cheap Trick’s greatest hits

Cheap Trick - The Greatest Hits

“I Want You To Want Me” from their classic 1979 record titled Cheap Trick at Budokan

“She’s Tight” by Cheap Trick from their 1982 record titled One on One

“Surrender” by Cheap Trick from their 1978 record titled Heaven Tonight

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If you like Cheap Trick, you may also enjoy “What You Don’t Know About the Girl” by Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and “The Grooviest Girl in the World” by The Fun and Games.

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