For the week of 5/6/2013…

“How Are You?” by Cheap Trick

Since Cheap Trick are perhaps the biggest ELO fans ever to become equally famous, it’s never surprising to come across a song of theirs with a clear Jeff Lynne influence.  Among the best such songs is the upbeat “How Are You?” which is a quite brilliant pastiche of the styles of ELO, the Beatles, and Billy Joel.  The bridge in “A Day in the Life” (Paul McCartney’s part) serves as the clearest individual reference point.  Cheap Trick pull these elements together with a vaudevillian glee (and throws in a self-referential “I want you to want me”), really making it all their own to wrap up their 1978 record Heaven Tonight (except for a brief hidden track).

P.S.  Looks like Amazon is selling the golden age Cheap Trick albums for about $5 apiece.  Might be the prime time to snap up some Cheap Trick CDs…

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