Busted (Cheap Trick album)

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Cheap Trick Busted album 1990 Back 'n Blue.jpg
Studio album by Cheap Trick
Released June 1990
Recorded 1990
Genre Hard rock
Length 46:36
Label Epic
Producer Richie Zito
Cheap Trick chronology
Lap of Luxury
Woke up with a Monster
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly A [3]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/5 stars [4]
Robert Christgau (dud) [5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [6]

Busted is an album by Cheap Trick, which was released in 1990 and peaked at #44 on the US album charts. After the success of "The Flame" from the previous album Lap of Luxury, the band recorded Busted with a similar format, especially on the single "Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love." The single peaked at #12 on the US charts. The album failed to be as successful as the label had hoped, and about a year after the release of Busted Epic Records dropped Cheap Trick from their label. There were three videos shot for this LP; "Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love," "If You Need Me," and "Wherever Would I Be."

After being out of print for several years, the album was reissued in 2010 and combined onto one disc with the Found All The Parts EP from 1980, which made little sense since Found All The Parts was already available as bonus tracks on the 2006 reissue of the 1980 album All Shook Up. "Everything Works If You Let It", a track recorded for the soundtrack to the 1980 film Roadie, and the 1990 B-side "Big Bang" were also included on the disc.

The album was certified Gold in Canada for the sales of 50,000 copies in November 1990.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Back 'n Blue" (Taylor Rhodes, Robert A. Johnson, Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander) - 4:42
  2. "I Can't Understand It" (Zander, Nielsen) - 3:29
  3. "Wherever Would I Be" (Diane Warren) - 4:06
  4. "If You Need Me" (Nielsen, Zander, Mick Jones,) - 4:45
  5. "Can't Stop Fallin' into Love" (Nielsen, Zander, Tom Petersson) - 3:49
  6. "Busted" (Nielsen, Zander) - 4:04
  7. "Walk Away" (Petersson, Zander, Nielsen) - 3:41
  8. "You Drive, I'll Steer" (Nielsen, Zander) - 4:33
  9. "When You Need Someone" (Nick Graham, Rick Kelly, Nielsen) - 5:18
  10. "Had to Make You Mine" (Petersson, Zander, Nielsen) - 3:16
  11. "Rock 'n' Roll Tonight" (Roy Wood) - 4:56
    • originally recorded by Wizzard in 1974 as "We're Gonna Rock 'n' Roll Tonight"
  12. "Big Bang" (Nielsen, Zander) [Japanese bonus track]

2010 reissue (combined with the Found All The Parts EP)[edit]

  1. "Day Tripper" (live) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  2. "Can't Hold On" (live) (Nielsen)
  3. "Such a Good Girl" (Nielsen)
  4. "Take Me I'm Yours" (Zander, Nielsen)
  5. "Back 'n Blue" (Nielsen, Zander, Rhodes, Johnson,) - 4:42
  6. "I Can't Understand It" (Zander, Nielsen) - 3:29
  7. "Wherever Would I Be" (Warren) - 4:06
  8. "If You Need Me" (Nielsen, Zander, Jones) - 4:45
  9. "Can't Stop Fallin' into Love" (Nielsen, Zander, Petersson) - 3:49
  10. "Busted" (Nielsen, Zander) - 4:04
  11. "Walk Away" (Petersson, Zander, Nielsen) - 3:41
  12. "You Drive, I'll Steer" (Nielsen, Zander) - 4:33
  13. "When You Need Someone" (Graham, Kelly, Nielsen) - 5:18
  14. "Had to Make You Mine" (Petersson, Zander, Nielsen) - 3:16
  15. "Rock 'n' Roll Tonight" (Wood) - 4:56
  16. "Everything Works If You Let It" (Nielsen)
  17. "Big Bang" (Nielsen, Zander)


Background information[edit]

Guest musicians on the album include Mick Jones of the band Foreigner (guitar on "If You Need Me"), Chrissie Hynde from Pretenders (vocals on "Walk Away"), and Russell Mael of Sparks (vocals on "You Drive, I'll Steer"). Session musician (and former member of Poco) Kim Bullard played keyboards on the album. Mastering was done by George Marino at Sterling Sound, NYC.

The demo version of "Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love" featured blues singer/songwriter Harvey Scales on vocals.[7] "If You Need Me" was a re-written version of a song titled "Don't Ever Let Me Go," which definitely is in circulation as an outtake from the band's 1985 Standing on the Edge album.[citation needed]


Chart (1990) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 36
Canadian Albums (RPM)[9] 27
US Billboard 200[10] 48


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  2. ^ "Cheap Trick Busted (Epic) (STAR)(STAR) This...". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. 
  3. ^ "Busted - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. 
  4. ^ "IN BRIEF: : ** 1/2 Cheap Trick,". latimes. 
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: cheap trick". robertchristgau.com. 
  6. ^ Chuck Dean (23 August 1990). "Cheap Trick Busted Album Review". Rolling Stone. 
  7. ^ Hayes, M.; Sharp, K. (1998). Reputation Is a Fragile Thing. Poptastic. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-9662081-0-8. 
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Cheap Trick – Busted". Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA | Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  10. ^ "Cheap Trick – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Cheap Trick.