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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"Taxman, Mr. Thief" (1977)

Cheap Trick have always acknowledged their profound debt to the Beatles — one of Rick Nielsen's many custom Hamer guitars features the faces of John, Paul, George and Ringo on its front, and in 2008, the band covered Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety at a Las Vegas casino residency. The desire to pay proper homage to the Fab Four is already evident on the band's oft-overlooked 1977 debut, where this droning, mid-tempo deep cut not only name-checks the title of Revolver's "Taxman," but also incorporates "Mr. Heath," a character from the song, into a soaring chorus that is fully worthy of Liverpool's finest.