You're All I Wanna Do

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"You're All I Wanna Do"
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Woke up with a Monster
B-side Cry Baby
Released 1994
Format CD single
Genre Rock, Power Pop
Length 4:03
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Jim Peterik, Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Terry Reid, Tom Petersson
Producer(s) Ted Templeman
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"Woke up with a Monster"
(1994)
"Woke up with a Monster"
(1994)
"Girlfriends"
(1994)
Alternative Cover
Japanese promo cover of "You're All I Wanna Do"

"You're All I Wanna Do" is a single by American rock band Cheap Trick, released as the second single from their 1994 album Woke up with a Monster. The song was written by Jim Peterik, Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Terry Reid and Tom Petersson.[1]

The single was released as a 3inch CD in a snap-pack design for Japan only.[2] A promotional DJ copy 5inch CD single was also released in Japan, with unique photos of each band member.[3]

The b-side "Cry Baby" was featured on the same album, written by Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander and Tom Petersson.[1]

Both tracks were produced by Ted Templeman who had produced the entire "Woke up with a Monster" album.[4]

Background[edit]

The single was the first single release under Warner Bros. Records, as well as being the band's first single since 1991. The single marked a change of direction, as did the same-titled album, following a "grunge" sound, due to producer Ted Templeman's much criticized heavy-handed production, and unlike several albums that preceded it, it lacked the electronic instruments and commercial sound.

Released in Japan only, the song was successful on the charts, peaking at #13 for a total of 11 weeks. The song's peak was dated April 17, 1994.[5][6]

A music video was released to promote the single.[7]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single
  1. "You're All I Wanna Do" - 4:03
  2. "Cry Baby" - 4:20
CD Single (Japanese DJ Copy Promo)
  1. "You're All I Wanna Do" - 4:03

Critical reception[edit]

In a review of the single, including the b-side, Allmusic.com gave three out of five stars, writing "Without question the best song on Cheap Trick's disastrous Woke Up With a Monster, "You're All I Wanna Do" is also one of the best songs of the quartet's quarter-century career (sweet video as well). With help from Survivor Jim Peterik and Trick idol Terry Reid, this delectable slice of skinny-tie power pop proves the veterans still rule the roost when they keep all eyes on the prize of a solid track, not a smash ballad or disposable novelty. The crummy self-referencing "Cry Baby" on the flip exemplifies all the negative traits previously mentioned."[8]

In the review for the album "Woke up with a Monster", allmusic.com wrote "If their power pop is a little over the top, underneath are some very good songs: "Didn't Know I Had It," "Tell Me Everything," "You're All I Wanna Do."[9]

Allmusic.com picks the track as an AMG recommended track.[9]

Rolling Stone magazine spoke of the song in a review of the album "You're All I Wanna Do" is as tidy a power-pop number as Cheap Trick have knocked off in a dog's age."[10]

In the 2007 book "Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide", a section on Cheap Trick featured reviews on the top 20 stand-out tracks from the band. One track included was "You're All I Wanna Do", where the author John M. Borack wrote "This fab, straightforward pop number (from the relatively disappointing "Woke up with a Monster") is graced with one of those patented Cheap Trick singalong choruses."[11]

Reviewer George Starostin reviewed the album for his site, where he spoke of the song, stating "The opening track, "My Gang" is a nice little chunk of hard rock, and "You're All I Wanna Do" is a pleasant slice of anthemicly gushy power-pop. Whoah - that's two good (gulp) songs. They haven't batted that high since Next Position Please."[12]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Japanese Singles Chart (Tokyo)[5][13] 13

Personnel[edit]

  • Robin Zander - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Rick Nielsen - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Tom Petersson - bass, backing vocals
  • Bun E. Carlos - drums, percussion

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Ted Templeman - Producer
  • Joanie Parker - Production Coordinator
  • Lenny Waronker - Executive Producer
  • Jeff Hendrickson - Engineer
  • Bino Espinoza - Assistant Engineer
  • Judy Kirschner - Assistant Engineer
  • Kenji Nakai - Assistant Engineer
  • Kimm James - Assistant Engineer
  • Scott Blockland - Assistant Engineer
  • Ulrich Wild - Assistant Engineer
  • George Marino - Masterer
  • Dave Wilmer - Guitar Technician
  • Chuck Elias - Drum Technician
  • Ken Adamany - Management
  • Mike Herl - Coordinator Management
  • Roberta Petersen - A&R Direction
  • Writers of "You're All I Wanna Do" – Jim Peterik, Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Terry Reid, Tom Petersson
  • Writers of "Cry Baby" – Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Tom Petersson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cheap Trick - Woke Up With A Monster (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Cheap Trick You're All I Wanna Do Japan 3" CD SINGLE (126428)". Eil.com. 1998-11-25. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Cheap Trick You're All I Wanna Do Japan Promo 5" CD SINGLE (119086)". Eil.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Cheap Trick - Woke Up With A Monster at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ a b "J-WAVE WEBSITE : TOKIO HOT100". J-wave.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Song artist 616 - Cheap Trick". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Cheap Trick - You're All I Wanna Do". YouTube. 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  8. ^ Stone, Doug (1994-08-09). "You're All I Wanna Do - Cheap Trick : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  9. ^ a b Connolly, Dave (1994-03-22). "Woke Up With a Monster - Cheap Trick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  10. ^ By Tom Sinclair (1994-06-02). "Woke Up With a Monster | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  11. ^ "Shake Some Action - The Ultimate Guide To Power Pop - John M. Borack - Google Books". Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  12. ^ "Cheap Trick Reviews". Starling.rinet.ru. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  13. ^ "Song artist 617 - Cheap Trick". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 

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