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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"Cold Turkey" (1995)

Shortly before John Lennon's death in 1980, Jack Douglas, who had produced Cheap Trick's debut album, summoned Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos to New York to record with the former Beatle for the Double Fantasy album. The resulting tracks were deemed too aggressive for the more subdued tenor of the final release, but "Cold Turkey," Cheap Trick's contribution to Working Class Hero, a wildly uneven 1995 tribute album to Lennon, demonstrates why both John and his producer thought that Carlos and Nielsen might be a good fit. The performance recasts the schizoid 1969 Lennon original as a more conventional quiet/loud hard rocker, and in doing so, transforms it into a chilling and ferocious beast, much like the excruciating withdrawal it addresses.

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