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Cheap Trick — Surrender
Album: Heaven Tonight
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Total ratings: 439









Released: 1978
Length: 4:05
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Mother told me, yes, she told me
That I'd meet girls like you
She also told me, "Stay away
You'll never know what you'll catch"
Just the other day I heard
Of a soldier's falling off
Some Indonesian junk
That's going round

Your Mommy's all right
Your Daddy's all right
They just seem a little weird
Surrender
Surrender
But don't give yourself away
Hey, heeeeeey

Father says, "Your mother's right
She's really up on things
Before we married, Mommy served
In the WACS in the Philippines"
Now, I had heard the WACS recruited
Old maids for the war
But mommy isn't one of those
I've known her all these years

Your Mommy's all right
Your Daddy's all right
They just seem a little weird
Surrender
Surrender
But don't give yourself away
Hey, heeeeeey

Whatever happened to all this season's
Losers of the year?
Every time I got to thinking
Here'd they disappear?
But when I woke up, Mom and Dad
Are rolling on the couch
Rolling numbers, rock and rollin'
Got my [[KISS]] records out

Your Mommy's all right
Your Daddy's all right
They just seem a little weird
Surrender
Surrender
But don't give yourself away
Hey, heeeeeey

Away
Away

Surrender
Surrender
But don't give yourself away
Surrender
Surrender
But don't give yourself away
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70s-era photo of the 4 members of Cheap Trick

Someone's awful realization during the 70s:

1. Your guidance counselor split and became the drummer in a famous band. 

2. He's getting more trim than you.  
Yep...Song's still just as bad as when it came out
Right. 'S alright!  We're all alright.
 idiot_wind wrote:
One of the finest RnR bands to come from Rockford, Illinois!

Actually..they put on a good live show. They had a good guitar player and drummer and the necessary vocals for RnR tunes.   

 
Rockford must be truly rockin' then!
 dwhayslett wrote:

Can you rephrase your question in the form of a question?

 
It's in question form but there's no subject.
Thank God for PSD!
 daft wrote:
WTF?

 
Can you rephrase your question in the form of a question?
One of the finest RnR bands to come from Rockford, Illinois!

Actually..they put on a good live show. They had a good guitar player and drummer and the necessary vocals for RnR tunes.   
Love it.

10 
WTF?
 bugleboy624 wrote:
I never knew this song was by Cheap Trick. I always thought it was by some Brittish punk band like The Ramones or someone. I've always liked this tune. 8/10

 
The Ramones were definitely my favorite British punk band ever from Queens, N.Y.

Maybe Porcupine Tree borrowed something from them...
 bugleboy624 wrote:
I never knew this song was by Cheap Trick. I always thought it was by some Brittish punk band like The Ramones or someone. I've always liked this tune. 8/10

 
daveesh wrote:

this is one of the funniest posts i've ever seen on here!

 
Yea me too. I mean, fancy spelling British with two t's {#Motor}
First time i've heard Cheap Trick on RP. Bit of a pleasent surprise.
I've still got the "Live At The Budokan" album - on yellow vinyl (for what its worth).

Ah yes, nostalgia's not what it used to be . . .
Conan O'Brien used this song for the introductory video when he took over The Tonight Show, and again on the night he left...both videos are cool and go along well with the song.  The first one is really, really neat though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDaOtWh41lg 
The charisma of Robin Zandah.  Outstanding, Bill.  You are the best.
reminiscent of the good times for me..{#Smile}
 bugleboy624 wrote:
I never knew this song was by Cheap Trick. I always thought it was by some Brittish punk band like The Ramones or someone. I've always liked this tune. 8/10

 
this is one of the funniest posts i've ever seen on here!
Oh man, takin me back to high school and the Matt Dillon movie   9!{#Dancingbanana_2}
Let's see...The Four Tops followed by Cheap Trick....  What's on Bill's mind? 
More Trick!!

This song is soooo good for the ears...
 
 Finafek wrote:
Many of us who grew up in Wisconsin like to think that nothing good ever came out of the state of Illinois.

Cheap Trick proves us wrong.
 

Robin is actually from Wisconsin Dells.  So, something good actually came out of Wisconsin!!!
Many of us who grew up in Wisconsin like to think that nothing good ever came out of the state of Illinois.

Cheap Trick proves us wrong.
Speaking as a veteran of many cover bands, it would be difficult for me to convey how much fun it is to do a Cheap Trick song once in a while.  Especially this one.  People love to sing along, and the chorus just rocks.

PS:  If you fancy pop tunes, check out Tinted Window, a so-called supergroup that features Cheap Trick's Bun Carlos on drums.

We just seem a little weird.  Used to be "They".  Now it feels like "WE".  :-)
dewhead wrote:
Got my KISS records out!

Appropriately enough Cheap Trick was the opening act at the first concert I ever attended: KISS at the Regina Agridome in May 1977 or thereabouts...

Winter is officially over! Cheap Trick's on the radio!
All right detractors, surrender to Cheap Trick...no really...just do it, you'll feel better.{#Wave}
wow, hearing this song after so many years reveals how weak this song really was . . . It hasn't aged well.  Me on the other hand...
 WonderLizard wrote:

My favorite is the Budokan version. Nielson's on fire.

 


 bugleboy624 wrote:
I never knew this song was by Cheap Trick. I always thought it was by some Brittish punk band like The Ramones or someone. I've always liked this tune. 8/10
 

Ummm, joke right?? The Ramones British?? Really??  :)
 toterola wrote:
Anybody else ever "clean" a "lid" out on this album liner? I always had this, Black Sabbath's "Master of Reality", or "Led Zeppelin II" lying around for this purpose. Colombian Gold or Redbud, anybody? Hello, is this thing on? {#Cowboy}
 

Mine were Bad Co.'s Runnin' With the Pack and the Michael Stanley Band Stagepass albums.

Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh, winter days at Clarion State College !!!!!!!!!!

I never knew this song was by Cheap Trick. I always thought it was by some Brittish punk band like The Ramones or someone. I've always liked this tune. 8/10
Mommys alright, daddys alright, Ricks alright, I'm alright, we're all alright! we're all alright! we're all alright!

loving it.
Such a fun song to sing along to.

 big_gare wrote:
Way to go Bill.  Cheap Trick kicks ass!  The "Live At The Budokan" version is great too!
 
My favorite is the Budokan version. Nielson's on fire.

I love this song, and apparently Stephen Colbert does too.  Trivia....musicians from Cheap Trick composed his theme song.  No wonder I love that show!  Surrender to truthiness.



Up The Academy
Got my KISS records out!
Best. Single. EVAR.
Anybody else ever "clean" a "lid" out on this album liner? I always had this, Black Sabbath's "Master of Reality", or "Led Zeppelin II" lying around for this purpose. Colombian Gold or Redbud, anybody? Hello, is this thing on? {#Cowboy}
How can you not like this tune?  I wished I had it on a 45.... it's a perfect 45!!!  God bless Cheap Trick...{#Clap}
 big_gare wrote:
The "Live At The Budokan" version is great too!
 
Especially on yellow vinyl!

Mindless pop then, mindless pop now. A solid 2
Oh well. I cannot expect to agree with the song selection here always, but this was never any good when it was released and time has not improved the song or diminished my loathing for it. Maybe if I had been an alienated 13 year old when it came out...
Gweniviere wrote:
I absolutely loathed this song back in the day, and my original rating reflected that. But for some odd reason I find myself now liking it enough to sing along with it. By the way, the scar on my forehead is hardly noticeable now.


ditto.
 big_gare wrote:
Way to go Bill.  Cheap Trick kicks ass!  The "Live At The Budokan" version is great too!
 

agreed on all statements.

it must be friday, RP is rockin' out!

Way to go Bill.  Cheap Trick kicks ass!  The "Live At The Budokan" version is great too!
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:


I'm so sorry.

 

{#Wave} back at you!
God I love this song. Reminds me of being an angry teenager who hated his parents hypocrisy.

veegez wrote:
"Can you honestly tell me you forgot? Forgot the magnetism of Robin Zander, or the charisma of Rick Nielsen?" - Damone
See the mustache comin' in Rat?
I loved this song as a twelve year-old - cranking it up on my cheap turntable w/ an even cheaper pair of plastic headphones. Now, as a parent, I guess I can relate to it on another weird level. Timeless, imo.
Art_Carnage wrote:
Wait... You mean that's not a photo of The Indigo Girls?
Nah, they look too feminine.
Horrid.
a little odd for rp but still a good one...
I feel like I'm back in high school...but I'm liking it this time around.
gandalfbmg wrote:
I had NO idea this song and Cheap Trick went togetehr... I never thought they were cool enough for this (Sorry, I'm of the age where "the flame" is the primary thing I associate with them...).
I'm so sorry. :wave:
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
I picked Rick Neilson!
Rick Nielsen hands down. The only one of those I'd even care to talk to.
Not bad, but I listen to RP so I don't have to hear songs like this. Heard it too often on "classic" rock stations.
mread wrote:
Hmmmmm.... :think: OK. Steve Tyler. (On the outside chance that his daughter is along for the ride. Not for my sake, of course; I'd like her to meet my son.)
Jeez, will you give lessons to my mom?
Art_Carnage wrote:
Wait... You mean that's not a photo of The Indigo Girls?
:lol: (and I like the indigo girls)
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
. . . you have to choose from these rockers who will be sitting next to you. Remember, you have to choose. Who would it be? 1) David Lee Roth 2) Sammy Hagar the Horrible 3) Steve Perry 4) Bob Seger 5) Tommy Shaw 6) Rick Neilson 7) Steve Tyler 7) ##### Guy From The Fixx Who Now Designs Women's Hats 8) Other Singer From Van Halen After Hagar the Horrible 9) Lead Singer Of The Cult (Jim Morrison Impersonator) 19) Guy From REO Speedwagon Who Looks Like Howard Stern
Hmmmmm.... :think: OK. Steve Tyler. (On the outside chance that his daughter is along for the ride. Not for my sake, of course; I'd like her to meet my son.)
I absolutely loathed this song back in the day, and my original rating reflected that. But for some odd reason I find myself now liking it enough to sing along with it. By the way, the scar on my forehead is hardly noticeable now. :sorry:
There's just no way that I can be objective about this song. When I hear, suddenly I'm 30 years younger listening to WNEW in New York in high-school.
Wow... brings back lots of good memories.
Play "If It Takes A Lifetime" from Rockford - '06. Strong as ever.
My buddy sent me this yesterday. Continuing your thought process from yesterday, say you are flying a transatlantic, non-stop flight and you have to choose from these rockers who will be sitting next to you. Remember, you have to choose. Who would it be? 1) David Lee Roth 2) Sammy Hagar the Horrible 3) Steve Perry 4) Bob Seger 5) Tommy Shaw 6) Rick Neilson 7) Steve Tyler 8) ##### Guy From The Fixx Who Now Designs Women's Hats 9) Other Singer From Van Halen After Hagar the Horrible 10) Lead Singer Of The Cult (Jim Morrison Impersonator) 11) Guy From REO Speedwagon Who Looks Like Howard Stern You gotta pick, man! I picked Rick Neilson!
One of my favorite songs on Guitar Hero.
Ah, great bar drinking song. I'm feeling a little younger right now!!!
I like this.. :cowboy:
I had NO idea this song and Cheap Trick went togetehr... I never thought they were cool enough for this (Sorry, I'm of the age where "the flame" is the primary thing I associate with them...).
Art_Carnage wrote:
Wait... You mean that's not a photo of The Indigo Girls?
ROTFLMAO :roflol: :moon:
redeyespy wrote:
"Can you honestly tell me you forgot? Forgot the magnetism of Robin Zander, or the charisma of Rick Nielsen?" - Damone
redtex wrote:
Good memories provided by a mediocre song...love the cover photo, not too dated, eh.
Wait... You mean that's not a photo of The Indigo Girls?
As sublime as this is, I prefer the version on Live at Boudokan.
Good memories provided by a mediocre song...love the cover photo, not too dated, eh.
Song like this are why my amp goes to 11.
Awesome song! Live at Budokan was was one of the first albums I ever bought, on 8-track no less, when I was about 9 years old. Talk about bringing back memories . . .
Cheap Trick. Guilty Pleasure. What's the difference?
I heard 3 chords..... Man they look young there. I heard they are huge in Japan.
Working late (again) and was badly in need of some Cheap Trick. I am now full prepared to rock out with my c()ck out.
Song is nuts on expert....
Makes me want to find my old turntable, plug it into my stereo and play my Cheap Trick Live at Budokan LP along with some of my old Kiss records!
This. Rock. Quiteabit. Thanks!! BTW, the Now Playing thingy isn't updating. I had to search for this.
K-BILLY wrote:
:bananajam: Great Song from High School Days :bananasplit:
:bananajam: Exactly! :drummer:
Surrender will always rock, but the sad part is...this song does not even come close to the true quality of music this band has produced over the years. Only true music lovers can appreciate what Cheap Trick has given the music world!!!!
Good fun blast from the past.
GO GUITAR HERO II!!!!
RP goes down market - shame about Bobby Brown.
:bananajam: Great Song from High School Days :bananasplit:
jazy510 wrote:
this is another great Guitar Hero 2 track (which is a *great* fun game, i'm sure lots of RP listeners would enjoy)
Totally agree, the only reason I recognize this song :P
a good rock song.
NO NO NO NO WAS BILL KIDNAPPED BY THE EVIL FORCES OF BAD TASTE?
Sure.
NanMac wrote:
Fun to hear this song again which I think has withstood the test of time.
Yep--it's remained utterly vapid for decades, now.
Pee-yew! :puke: :mute: :puke: :mute: :puke: :mute: :puke: :mute: :puke: :mute:
jpfueler wrote:
Live version is a 10 this is a 9.
Ditto, however these are more than just ratings, they represent volume settings. ...and no, my dial does not go to 11.
wow - who would have expected to see this precursor to robert smith on the album cover .. as for the song .. i am enjoying the nostalgic 70s songs added to the mix...
boober wrote:
My lowest rated song on RP Saw them live in the 70's with the Cars They sucked!
Sorry your experience was so bad. I saw them in the mid 80's at a little venue in Austin and they ROCKED! Robin Zander was sick and yet still put on a serious show. Ended up with a guitar pick and ringing ears. :)
Cheap Trick is a quilty pleasure. Rockford Illinois rules. (not really)
boober wrote:
My lowest rated song on RP Saw them live in the 70's with the Cars They sucked!
:moon:
:dance: love this! we're all allright!!
My lowest rated song on RP Saw them live in the 70's with the Cars They sucked!
jazy510 wrote:
this is another great Guitar Hero 2 track (which is a *great* fun game, i'm sure lots of RP listeners would enjoy)
This is one of my favorite tracks to play, along with "Rock This Town".
Yes, indeed!
i normally don't comment on things i don't like but I 'll make an exception
this is another great Guitar Hero 2 track (which is a *great* fun game, i'm sure lots of RP listeners would enjoy)
Caught me by surprise, but glad to hear it. These guys are still at it, they were playing in Charlotte not long ago.
banish this to the '70s stream....bleh!!
Live version is a 10 this is a 9 I once watched most of a concert at the U.P. State Fair while standing on a post, waiting for my Dad and the rest of the family to show up so we could leave. Standing there looking over the fence I felt like the concert was just for me.
Fun to hear this song again which I think has withstood the test of time. Memories of growing up in Hamilton, ON and hearing this song pouring through/around my older brother's closed bedroom door.
thewaxtadpole wrote:
A 7, but receives a +1 bonus for being in Guitar Hero
I give it 8 and +1 for Rick. And let's not forget Bun E.
hippiechick wrote:
Hometown boys! (Well, Rockford; close enough)
Hi! I graduated from Rockford East High School (won't say what year unless forced). I used to shop at Neilson's Music for strings and picks and such. Rick from Cheap Trick is their son.
I saw these guys in May 1977. 30 years ago...! They were unknown back then, and were backing up Kiss. It was the first rock concert I'd ever been to (I was 13) and I was totally confused when I entered the Regina Agridome and some band without makeup was playing!! I had no idea that there was something called a backup band back then... :stupid:
fingerpin wrote:
:guitarist:
I give it 8 and +1 for Rick.
The hair! The hair! Apart from that, I do enjoy this song.
Rick Neilson was also a big fan of Huntz Hall (Satch) from the Bowery Boys. That why he always wore the baseball cap. RobRyan wrote:
Cool. I knew Rick Neilson from this band in high school. He started in a high school dance band called the "Grim Reapers" and then was in a band called "Fuse" that actually cut a hard rock album. He mostly played keyboards and sang. I know, I know, I'm a namedropper.
The live version of this definitely gets a 10! This, simply a 8... The energy in the live recording is just so much more intense.
Ah, the studio version of Surrender. I love it. Rolling numbers Rock and rolling Got my KISS records out
This is too soon to play this again. Please keep on the shelf for at least six months between playings.