Stop This Game

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"Stop This Game"
Cheap Trick 1980 Single American Release Stop This Game.jpg
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album All Shook Up
B-side "Who D'King"
Released November 1980
Format 7"
Genre Rock, power pop
Length 3:45
Label Epic Records
Songwriter(s) Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander
Producer(s) George Martin
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"Day Tripper (Live)"
"Stop This Game"
"World's Greatest Lover"
"Day Tripper (Live)"
"Stop This Game"
"World's Greatest Lover"
Alternative Cover
Dutch cover of "Stop This Game"
Dutch cover of "Stop This Game"
Alternative Cover
German cover of "Stop This Game"
German cover of "Stop This Game"

"Stop This Game" is a single by American rock band Cheap Trick, released as the lead single from their 1980 album All Shook Up. The song was written by Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander.[1]

The single was released as a 7" vinyl only in both America and Europe. In the UK and in Spain, the song was released on promotional 7" vinyl only.[1] For the Dutch release, the song was slightly edited, removing just under half a minute from the album version.[2]

The b-side "Who D'King" was featured as the closing track on the same album, written by Bun E. Carlos and Rick Nielsen.[3]

Both tracks were produced by George Martin, best known for his extensive involvement on each of The Beatles' original albums.[4]

The Dutch single version artwork uses a reworking of the artwork from "All Shook Up".


The "All Shook Up" album was even quirkier than its predecessor, the platinum-selling Dream Police. Many of the songs were less radio friendly and more experimental from working with producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick.

"Stop This Game" was one of the first Cheap Trick songs to be written by both Nielsen and Zander together.[5]

There were several homages to The Beatles on the album. "Stop This Game" opens and closes with a droning piano note similar to the one that ends "A Day in the Life".

Two outtakes from the album sessions exist, an outtake of "Stop This Game" and an instrumental version.

The single was the only track to make an impact on the American charts from the album. The song peaked at #48 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for a total of 12 weeks.[6]

The song was the last charting single to feature bassist Tom Petersson for eight years, who left the band after the album's release, returning again in 1988.

The song was mimed on American TV and Italian TV[7][8] whilst professionally filmed footage exists of the band performing the song live at the Chicagofest '81.[9]

The song was included on the 2000 compilation "Authorized Greatest Hits" which featured sixteen tracks handpicked by the band themselves.[10]

A live version was recorded for the 2001 live set "Silver".[11]

Track listing[edit]

7" single (American release)

  1. "Stop This Game" – 3:50
  2. "Who D'King" – 2:16

7" Single (Dutch release)

  1. "Stop This Game" – 3:25
  2. "Who D'King" – 2:16

7" single (UK promo)

  1. "Stop This Game" – 3:45
  2. "Who D'King" – 2:16

7" single (Spanish promo)

  1. "Stop This Game" – 3:45
  2. "Who D'King" – 2:16

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic chose the track as an AMG recommended track.[12]

Rolling Stone magazine spoke of the song in a review of the album All Shook Up: "Yet the group, together with Martin, also throws several clever pop curves: the dense, pseudo-ELO orchestration in the Whostyle 'Stop This Game'."[13]


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

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Geoff Emerick – engineer
  • Nigel Walker – assistant engineer
  • Tony George – assistant engineer
  • George Marino – mastering
  • Moshe Brakha – photography
  • George Martin – arranger, producer, piano
  • Ria Lewerke – art direction, design
  • Writers of "Stop This Game" – Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander
  • Writers of "Who D'King" – Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980–81) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles[14] 32
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 48


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  2. ^ "Cheap Trick - Stop This Game (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Cheap Trick - All Shook Up at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  4. ^ "George Martin Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ "Cheap Trick Discography at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ a b "Cheap Trick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Cheap Trick - Stop This Game". YouTube. 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  8. ^ "Cheap Trick - Stop This Game - Italian tv 80's". YouTube. 1990-08-16. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Stop This Game - Cheap Trick - Chicagofest '81". YouTube. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  10. ^ Unterberger, Richie (2000-08-29). "Authorized Greatest Hits - Cheap Trick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  11. ^ "Cheap Trick - Silver at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  12. ^ Mason, Stewart. "All Shook Up - Cheap Trick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  13. ^ David Fricke (1981-03-19). "All Shook Up | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-03-11.