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|All Shook Up|
|Studio album by Cheap Trick|
|Released||October 24, 1980|
|Studio||Air Studios, London|
|Genre||Hard rock, power pop|
|Cheap Trick chronology|
|Singles from All Shook Up|
All Shook Up is the fifth studio album by American rock band Cheap Trick. Released in 1980, it was produced by former Beatles producer George Martin. As such, this was the first album since their debut to be produced by someone other than Tom Werman.
All Shook Up was even quirkier than its predecessor, the platinum-selling Dream Police. Many of its songs were less radio friendly and more experimental, and the cover art, influenced by Magritte's Time Transfixed, led many to question what the band was trying to accomplish. However, at the time, Cheap Trick had severed ties with long-time producer Tom Werman and took the opportunity to take their sound in a different direction. With the assistance of producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, many of the songs have a dimension not found on any other Cheap Trick album. "Stop This Game" was the only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but "Just Got Back" and "World's Greatest Lover" continue to be fan favorites. "I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends" contains a lyrical reference to "Daddy Should Have Stayed In High School", a song, released on the band's 1977 debut album.
The band performed the songs "Baby Loves to Rock" and "Can't Stop It But I'm Gonna Try" on the January 17, 1981 episode of Saturday Night Live.
There were several homages to The Beatles on this album. "Stop This Game" opens and closes with a droning guitar note similar to the piano chord that ends "A Day in the Life." The bridge to "Baby Loves to Rock" features the line "Not in Russia!" with the sound of an airplane in the background, a subtle reference to "Back in the U.S.S.R." "World's Greatest Lover" has vocals reminiscent of John Lennon.
There are also some references to AC/DC in this album. "World's Greatest Lover" has a similar intro to the one used on "Big Balls", while Rick Nielsen wrote "Love Comes A-Tumblin' Down" for the recently deceased Bon Scott.
All songs written by Rick Nielsen, except where noted.
|Canadian Albums Chart||30||5|
|U.S. Billboard 200||24||4|
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1980||"Stop This Game"||Billboard Hot 100||48|
|RIAA – USA||Gold||1980-12-30|
|CRIA - Canada||Gold||1980-04-01|
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