Dream Police

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Dream Police
Cheap Trick Dream Police.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1979 (1979-09-21)
StudioRecord Plant, Los Angeles, CA
GenreRock, hard rock, power pop
ProducerTom Werman
Cheap Trick chronology
Cheap Trick at Budokan
Dream Police
All Shook Up
Singles from Dream Police
  1. "Dream Police"
    Released: September 1979
  2. "Voices"
    Released: November 1979
  3. "Way of the World"
    Released: 4 January 1980 (UK)
  4. "I'll Be with You Tonight"
    Released: 28 March 1980 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB−[2]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits(mixed)[5]

Dream Police is the fourth studio album by American rock band Cheap Trick. It was released in 1979, and was their third release in a row produced by Tom Werman. It is the band's most commercially successful studio album, going to No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart[6] and being certified platinum within a few months of its release.[7]


Dream Police shows the band expanding into longer, more complex songs and incorporating orchestration on several tracks. Three videos were produced: "Dream Police", "Way of the World" and "Voices". The album had been completed by early-1979, but its release was pushed back several months due to the surprise success of Cheap Trick at Budokan.

The album's title track became a Top 30 hit for the band. "Voices" was also a hit for the band, reaching No. 32 on the Billboard chart. "Voices" has been used twice in the soundtrack of the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

Near the end of "Gonna Raise Hell" the orchestra is citing a snippet from "Heaven Tonight". That song was described by Allmusic critic Tom Maginnis as having an "extended, disco-inflected, slowburn groove".[8]


In 2010, Cheap Trick re-recorded the title track as "Green Police" for the controversial[9] Green Police advertisement which aired during Super Bowl XLIV for Audi.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rick Nielsen, except where noted.

  1. "Dream Police" – 3:49
  2. "Way of the World" (Robin Zander, Nielsen) – 3:39
  3. "The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)" (Tom Petersson, Nielsen) – 5:12
  4. "Gonna Raise Hell" – 9:20
  5. "I'll Be with You Tonight" (Nielsen, Zander, Bun E. Carlos, Petersson) – 3:52
  6. "Voices" – 4:22
  7. "Writing on the Wall" – 3:26
  8. "I Know What I Want" – 4:29
  9. "Need Your Love" (Nielsen, Petersson) – 7:39

Bonus tracks (2006 Reissue)[edit]

The bonus tracks of the 2006 reissue of Dream Police consisted mainly of rare live versions of songs from the album. "I Know What I Want" is noteworthy for being the b-side to their 1988 single "Don't Be Cruel" and the only non-live track is a demo of the title track without its trademark strings.

  1. "The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)" (live) – 6:16
  2. "Way of the World" (live) – 3:59
  3. "Dream Police" (No Strings Version) – 3:52
  4. "I Know What I Want" (live) – 4:43


  • 1979: "Dream Police" b/w "Heaven Tonight" – #26 US, #4 Canada, #79 Japan
  • 1979: "Voices" b/w "Surrender" (Live) – #16 Australia (UK)
  • 1979: "Voices" b/w "The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)" – #32 US, #12 Canada,(US & Canada)
  • 1980: "Way of the World" b/w "Oh Candy" – #73 UK
  • 1980: "I'll Be with You Tonight" b/w "He's a Whore" & "So Good to See You" (UK)

Unreleased outtakes[edit]

  • "It Must Be Love" (This song was given to Rick Derringer who covered it on his 1979 album Guitars and Women)
  • "Next Position Please" (Features Robin, Rick, and Tom on vocals, later re-recorded for the 1983 album of the same name)
  • "See Me Now" ("Way of the World" with alternate lyrics)
  • "Way of the World" (with Rick Nielsen on vocals)
  • "I Know What I Want" (with Robin Zander on vocals)


  • Sam Kinison covered "Gonna Raise Hell" on his comedy album Leader of the Banned.
  • Heavy Metal/Prog rocker Rob Gravelle released both regular and extended versions of the title track. The latter included a long outro guitar solo.


Cheap Trick[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1979) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[11] 4
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 21
German Albums Chart[13] 56
New Zealand Albums Chart[14] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[15] 31
UK Albums Chart[16] 41
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 6


Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Dream Police" Billboard Hot 100[17] 26
1980 "Voices" Billboard Hot 100[17] 32
1980 "Way of the World" UK Singles Chart[18] 73


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA[7] Gold 1980-02-06
CRIA - Canada[19] Triple Platinum 1979-11-01


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  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 157. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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