Next Position Please

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Next Position Please
Cheap Trick Next Position Please.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 15, 1983 (1983-08-15)
RecordedDecember 1982
StudioUtopia Sound, Lake Hill, NY
GenreRock, power pop
ProducerTodd Rundgren, Ian Taylor
Cheap Trick chronology
One on One
Next Position Please
Standing on the Edge
Singles from Next Position Please
  1. "Dancing the Night Away"
    Released: August 1983
  2. "I Can't Take It"
    Released: November 1983
  3. "Next Position Please"
    Released: 1983 (Netherlands only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[2]

Next Position Please is the seventh studio album by American rock band Cheap Trick, produced by Todd Rundgren and released in 1983. The title track was originally demoed for the band's 1979 album Dream Police, which had lead singer Robin Zander, lead guitarist Rick Nielsen, and bassist Tom Petersson each singing a verse. The song did not go beyond a demo, but it was referenced in "High Priest of Rhythmic Noise", a track from 1980's All Shook Up. "Position" was eventually re-recorded for this album, and features only Zander singing.


Produced by Todd Rundgren, Next Position Please marks a return to the more pop-oriented sound of 1977's In Color. The LP spent 22 weeks on the Billboard 200 LP charts and peaked at number 61.

The then-band members (Zander, Nielsen, Jon Brant, and Bun E. Carlos) consider it one of their best albums.[citation needed] "I Can't Take It" has become a concert staple over the years.[citation needed] Several of the album's tracks were re-worked versions of older material, such as the title track and "You Talk Too Much."[citation needed]

Physical copies of the album were out of print for several years (except in Japan), but on April 6, 2010, it was reissued together with the previous album, One On One, on a single CD.

Cover art[edit]

The album cover is a parody of Bruce Springsteen's pose on the cover of Born to Run. The guitar on the cover is Rick Nielsen's Hamer double-neck "Uncle Dick". [3] Rick Nielsen is pictured on the cover with 8 fingers extended plus a folded-in-half pinky. 8 1/2 was a potential album title with Cheap Trick releasing 7 full albums and a 4-song EP prior to this release.


The original vinyl record included 12 tracks. "You Talk Too Much" and "Don't Make Our Love a Crime" appeared as bonus tracks on the cassette version and later on the CD. The record was originally supposed to include both of these tracks along with two others called "Twisted Heart" and "Don't Hit Me With Love," but Cheap Trick's label at the time, Epic Records, forced the band to include a cover of The Motors' "Dancing the Night Away" and the outtake "You Say Jump" in their place. Rundgren refused to produce "Dancing the Night Away," so the track ended up being produced by the band with Ian Taylor, who had engineered the band's previous album, One on One. "Twisted Heart" eventually surfaced on the box set Sex, America, Cheap Trick. There was one video shot for this LP; "I Can't Take It."

In 2006, Cheap Trick and Epic/Legacy reissued Next Position Please as a digital download, calling it Next Position Please (The Authorized Version). The title refers to the fact that the 13 tracks intended for the original album were restored and sequenced according to the band's wishes, while "You Say Jump" and "Dancing the Night Away" were put at the end as "bonus tracks" along with the previously unreleased track "Don't Hit Me With Love." The track "I Don't Love Here Anymore" is incorrectly titled "I Don't Love Her Anymore."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rick Nielsen, except where noted.

Original version[edit]

  1. "I Can't Take It" (Robin Zander) – 3:28
  2. "Borderline" – 3:34
  3. "I Don't Love Here Anymore" – 3:51
  4. "Next Position Please" – 2:51
  5. "Younger Girls" (Zander, Nielsen) – 3:14
  6. "Dancing the Night Away" (Nick Garvey, Andy McMaster) – 4:58
  7. "You Talk Too Much" – 1:55 (Bonus track - Cassette/CD only)
  8. "3-D" – 3:37
  9. "You Say Jump" – 3:06
  10. "Y.O.Y.O.Y." – 4:54
  11. "Won't Take No for an Answer" – 3:13
  12. "Heaven's Falling" (Todd Rundgren) – 3:48
  13. "Invaders of the Heart" – 4:00
  14. "Don't Make Our Love a Crime" – 3:43 (Bonus track - Cassette/CD only)

2006 "Authorized" reissue[edit]

  1. "I Can't Take It"
  2. "Borderline"
  3. "I Don't Love Here Anymore"
  4. "Next Position Please"
  5. "Younger Girls"
  6. "Don't Make Our Love a Crime"
  7. "3-D"
  8. "You Talk Too Much"
  9. "Y.O.Y.O.Y."
  10. "Won't Take No for an Answer"
  11. "Heaven's Falling"
  12. "Invaders of the Heart"
  13. "Twisted Heart"
  14. "Don't Hit Me with Love"
  15. "You Say Jump"
  16. "Dancing the Night Away"


  • "Yardbirds Medley" (Instrumental medley of Yardbirds covers, available on Bun E.'s Basement Bootlegs "Covers")
  • "Play By The Rules" (Alternate, instrumental version of "I Don't Love Here Anymore," released on a Trickfest II prize cassette)
  • "Invaders of the Heart (Unedited Instrumental)" (Also released on the Trickfest II prize cassette)


Cheap Trick[edit]


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[4] 61


  1. ^ "Next Position Please - Cheap Trick - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Next Position Please". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Rick Nielsen's Custom Hamers". Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Billboard 200 - Cheap Trick". Retrieved November 14, 2017.