46. Cheap Trick

It is common on this list to talk about how important being a great live act is. Perhaps there is no other group on this list that had their career defined by that strength than Cheap Trick; whose take on Power Pop made them a must see attraction in the late 70ā€™s.   After a few albums that achieved only minor success, Cheap Trick found themselves struggling in North America, yet were stars in Japan. Using this fan base and they made their breakthrough live album at Budokan which allowed the band to showcase their raw energy which saw how they blended Power Pop with the fun of Rock and Roll and the speed of Punk. This allowed them to draw from fans who would generally stick with specific genres which was very commonplace in the 1970ā€™s. This was certainly reflected as diverse bands as Guns ā€˜Nā€™ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins…
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