10 Insanely Great Cheap Trick Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

Explore Illinois power-pop kings' hidden gems, from early-career deep cuts to soundtrack one-offs

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"Clock Strikes Ten" (Steve Albini Version) (1997)

Legendary post-hardcore and alt-rock producer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, the Jesus Lizard) has always been an outspoken advocate for Cheap Trick, and his group Big Black once went so far as to cover the band's "He's a Whore" for a 1987 seven-inch. In 1997, Albini invited Cheap Trick to Electrical Audio, his Chicago studio, and had the band re-record their entire 1977 sophomore album, In Color, which fans have often derided for its saccharine production. The results of these sessions were never officially released, but as a listener can hear on this impossibly heavy reinvention of "Clock Strikes Ten," a song whose original version topped the Japanese charts, it's no surprise that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain once proclaimed, "We sound just like Cheap Trick, only the guitars are louder."

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