When The Light Are Out – Cheap Trick (2009)

Posted: September 18, 2012 in 2009
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Sometimes great songs will find me and actually wake me from  my sleep. A few songs from ‘The List’ that became immediate favorites were first heard from me being jolted awake by the song performance after I had fallen asleep during Letterman, Leno or some middle of the night performance show. A few I can think of off the top of my head would be “There’s More to Me Than You” by young country artist Jessica Andrews, ‘Spin’ by Lifehouse and ‘What a Catch, Donnie’ from Fall Out Boy singer, Patrick Stump as he performed on Live From Daryl’s House.

The most recent awakening was a late night performance by Cheap Trick of  ‘When The Lights Are Out’ on the PBS live concert show, Austin City Limits. It had been a while since I had heard anything from the 4-piece band best known for their classic hits ‘ I Want You To Want Me’ ,  ‘Surrender’, ‘The Flame’ and many others. At first I thought ‘When The Lights Are Out’ was a Cheap Trick original, but later learned it is a remake of the 1974 song by British rock group, Slade.

The song is a track on Cheap Trick’s 2009 release ‘The Latest’. I personally have never heard the studio recording, but will check it out. I was sold with their live version of this catchy. mid-temp rock song. The tight toe-tapping, shuffle feel and Robin Zander’s vocals grabbed me immediately.  I love the phasing of the lyrics.  They stayed pretty true to the an original Slade live version I found, which I suprisingly liked just as well.


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