Song of the Week: “Surrender” by Cheap Trick

by Douglas Cowie on 30 June 2017

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Surrender” by Cheap Trick:

After 843 years, Rockford, Illinois’ greatest export Cheap Trick is still going strong, and I went to see them Tuesday, and it was joyous. It’s easy to get wrapped up in music and start dissecting this and that and the other thing, but sometimes there is little better than watching four guys who are total pros on their instruments pull out a huge bag of riffs and hooks and go to town.  Cheap Trick came on stage at 9 and left at 11, and for two hours they were nothing but big fun.  You can see, watching and listening, that they take music seriously, but they don’t take themselves too seriously, though it’s not like they’re clowns.  “Surrender” has been one of my favorite songs for a very long time. It’s a feel-good anthem with its tongue in its cheek, but it’s not unserious, either.  It’s not like the song is trying to make an overly complicated or critique or point, either, but given a number of recent developments in London where I live and in the USA where I’m from, there’s something at once affirming, comforting and defiant in bellowing along with two thousand strangers, over and over and over again: “We’re all all right!”

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