Monday, May 23, 2016

Songoftheday 5/23/16 - Well, the streets are all crowded lots of people around, and there's music playing but I can't hear a sound...

"Ghost Town" - Cheap Trick
from the album Lap Of Luxury (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #33 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5

Today's song of the day comes from the power-pop rock band Cheap Trick, who like a lot of veteran rock bands had gone a little "softer" in the 80s and reaped the rewards, scoring a #1 hit with the ballad "The Flame" and a top-5 follow-up with a remake of Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel". For the third single they slowed the pace again for the vaguely western ballad "Ghost Town". Written by guitarist Rick Nielsen and 'song doctor' Diane Warren, the song could've been farmed out to a number of bands with no notice...

"Ghost Town" became the third top-40 pop hit from Lap Of Luxury in December of 1988. The song also climbed to #32 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock radio chart. It also made the top-40 in New Zealand at #29.

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And here's the band on tour behind the album in Houston in 1989...

Up tomorrow: Former pin-up is a sly party girl.

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