So, I’ve been watching that Sonic Highways thing recently. Has anyone been watching it? I’m not a Foo Fighters fan, but it’s cool to see some really great artists talk about their music and experiences in each of the cities visited. That was the draw for me. Anyway, the first episode had a lot of focus on Steve Albini, Buddy Guy and Cheap Trick – particularly Rick Nielson. Rick Nielson being the artist there that I knew less about. Now, as incredible as this sounds, I’ve never heard a Cheap Trick album. I know some songs, but I have never heard an album. None. Watching the footage of Nielson play while hearing them talk about him I was thinking that they’d be right up my street, so to speak. So I figured I was gonna check ’em out.
And whaddaya know, this week I dropped in at the Record Fayre as I usually do and I spotted a copy of Cheap Trick’s Dream Police. The cover alone was worth the £3, so I picked it up without having heard a single note. Go me, right? Anyhoo, I put my Google skills to good use laters and it appears that this is a most unusual record. According to what I’ve read, it found the band looking to capitalise on becoming a mainstream interest. As a result some found it a tad disappointing. However, looking through the Wiki discography it appears it’s considered to be the last consistent album they released. Go figure.
Personally, I enjoyed it. There was a whole host of bonkersness on the cover and it turns out that was reflective of what to expect from the music. Sure it gets a bit lost at some point along the line, but it’s got some really fine tunes and there’s some o’ that great guitar work that I heard about on Sonic Highways. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for some of those earlier LPs. Grand stuff.
So there you have it, while the Sonic Highways show doesn’t make me want to go out and buy the Foo Fighters album it’s created to sell, it does make me wanna go seek the music of those greats that feature on it. That’s a positive, right?