Forgotten Songs of the ‘70s: Cheap Trick
You can do an entire blog about Cheap Trick but this band was just cursed with so much misfortune, one can’t help but keep going back to them to talk about different songs or records. One of my top five favorite tracks is “Heaven Tonight,” which can be found on their classic 1978 album of the same name.
Beginning with one of the best intros in the history of rock, the band creates one hell of an environment with strings and a haunting riff courtesy of Rick Nielsen before Robin Zander comes in with a tour de force performance with creepy, mood building vocals that greatly enhance the entire song. By making the lyrics a bit of a double entendre, the band makes the clearest case as ever’s been heard as to why they’re one of the best pop bands ever. By continuing to build the intensity of the strings throughout the track until the very end when they come crashing down into a fadeout, the band made this one of the spookiest songs of the seventies but also one of the absolute coolest.
It wasn’t until the late nineties that Cheap Trick finally started getting the recognition they’ve always deserved. Now that they break out “Heaven Tonight” practically every time they play live, people of all ages understand why the song is so great and why it deserves to be passed down to further generations.