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01/16/2016

Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen: Five Songs I Wish I'd Written

The Nazz, "Open My Eyes"

A great early power-pop song  not too syrupy, kind of noisy. It's like a bugle waking you up. Later on, it inspired me to write "Hello There."

The Raspberries, "Go All the Way"

All the parts fit: There's not too much bridge, and the chorus doesn't repeat too many times. It's exciting.

The Dave Clark Five, "Glad All Over"

Today the drum parts would be toned down  they're too loud. But why? They're a signature part of the song.

Small Faces, "Whatcha Gonna Do About It"

So simple that it probably wouldn't make sense if anyone else did it  but there's Steve Marriott wailing, and the guy is just so convincing.

Oasis, "The Shock of the Lightning"

The riff goes on and on, and Liam Gallagher just snarls. We play this song at our shows before we go onstage. It puts me in the mood to rock.

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