Dream Police

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Dream Police
Cheap Trick Dream Police.jpg
Studio album by Cheap Trick
Released September 21, 1979 (1979-09-21)
Recorded 1978–1979
Studio Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Rock, hard rock, power pop
Length 45:45
Label Epic
Producer Tom 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'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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