With the help of the success of “The Flame” from the bands prior album ‘Lap of Luxury’, creative control of the bands next album was given back to the band. As result, the help of outside writers was extremely minimal. This time around, the band, with Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Bun E. Carlos and Tom Peterrson, would get some help from friends like Mick Jones of Foreigner and Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders. Producer Richie Zito was also brought back to man the boards. Creative control and famous guest was a recipe for success…or was it.
The album came out on June 27, 1990 and did spawn one Top 40 hit with the first single, but the following two did only #50 and not even chart. The album sold poorly and within one year after release, the band was dropped from Epic Records. Think about that…a band with the success they had, got dropped by their label. Around 14 years with the label, 11 Studio labels, millions sold and then goodbye! Would this be the end of Cheap Trick? Would they soldier on with more music? What would happen to them? Before we can answer that, we need to discuss this album.
This month’s The Original Vs. The Cover is tackling another Kink’s song. I must be a glutton for punishment because the last time I did a Kink’s song, I was blasted by the Kink’s fans for not picking the Kink’s song. Their fans are rabid, no doubt!! Will I make the same mistake again…we will see shortly!
This month’s song is the Kink’s deep cut classic called “Stop Your Sobbing”. The song is off the band’s 1964 debut album simple called “Kinks”. There are two stories about the song and it’s origin, but both similar. The first is that Ray Davies’ girlfriend was so upset that they were becoming famous that she broke down in tears as she was worried she would lose him. The second is that Ray broke up with his girlfriend and she was so upset, she started crying and it pissed him off. Either way, she lost him!! I am sure those rabid Kinks fans will let me know the right story.
The Pretenders covered the song for their own debut album, ‘The Pretenders’, and had some decent success with it hitting the Top 40 in the UK, but only the Top 100 in the US. The coolest thing to come out of the song was that singer, Chrissie Hynde got to meet Ray Davies as a result of them singing the song. A budding relationship started between the two which actually led to a child. I would say they both got a lot out of it.