ANDERSON — "I want you ... to want me."
That spoken, straightforward plea introduces Cheap Trick's best known song. "I Want You to Want Me," which took the band over the top on its still-classic fourth album, "Cheap Trick at Budokan," released in 1978.
Here's a personal list of the band's top five songs.
1. "I Want You to Want Me" -- a song that should help kids define "power pop."
2. "Surrender" -- Pump your fist high and shout, "We're all allright," and be ready to finish the chant ending the forever-baffling lyrics about surviving the 1960s (or 70s, etc.). You really just need to remember that mommy and daddy are allright.
3. "Gonna Raise Hell" -- a disco beat hidden by stomping drums, driving guitars and a yell fest.
4. "She's Tight" -- and so are the beats in a rockabilly that growls.
5. "The Flame" -- One of the few songs they recorded not written by the band but one of the best power ballads of the '80s.
-- Scott L. Miley, staff writer The Herald Bulletin