Saturday, March 07, 2009

Listening Post


I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my friend Steve Bunche -- comic illustrator extraordinaire, 70s porn aficionado, and ronin of all things cultish -- for reminding me of my love for one of the greatest undiscovered gems in all of pop music.

Last week on his blog, the Vault of Buncheness, he put together a list of what he called "The Sacred 25," or the 25 songs he simply couldn't live without. Included was a song I hadn't heard in years -- one of my favorites since I was a kid that I'd, ironically, almost forgotten about.

Cheap Trick's Reach Out.

Tucked away on the Heavy Metal soundtrack, this could very well be the best damn pop-rock song ever written. It's just so catchy.

This video features the original animated scene from Heavy Metal that accompanied the song, which in and of itself is a great little blast from the past.

Here's Reach Out.

5 comments:

Aaron X said...

This song has been inspiring me since I was a teenager in the 80s, but I only really came to appreciate it as an adult when I saw how hard life can really be. Whenever people tell me I can't do something, and close the door in my face and I feel defeated, I scroll for this song on my Blackberry, and suddenly I'm ready to kick ass again. Fuck yeah!

Cheap Trick -- Reach out

No one’s going to give it away.
They make it hard for the people today.
To get what you want, you’ve got to do it yourself.
Don’t be afraid to drive the nail in the wood.
Or drink the bottle if it tastes so good.
You’ll go the distance. You never thought that you could.

Reach out and take it.
Reach out and ta-ta take it.
Reach out and take it.
Reach out and ta-ta-ta take it.
Reach out and take it. Oh, yeah!

Cough up the cash when you go over and over.
Before the old one’s gone, you’ve got a new owner.
You need assistance when your head’s in the clouds.
You could live easy if life stood still.
You could be faking and breaking and taking it all.
But then you know you’re gonna fall.

Reach out and take it.
Reach out and ta-ta take it.
Reach out and take it.
Reach out and ta-ta-ta take it.
Reach out and take it.

Don’t have to take it so hard.
Don’t have to take it so, so hard.
Don’t have to take it so hard.
Don’t have to take it so HARD!

( solos )

Reach out and take it.
Reach out and ta-ta take it.
Reach out and take it.
Reach out and ta-ta-ta take it.
Reach out and take it.

Reach out. Reach out.
Take what you want.
Reach out. Reach out.
Take what you want.

robpo said...

Yes! Heavy Metal is awesome. Thats all.

infinitejester said...

Yes! I've always felt this was Cheap Trick's best song, and one of the best unknown songs by a well known band ever. How it remained under the radar I'll never know. The Heavy Metal soundtrack is awesome.

Stephen said...

This movie started my life-long love affair with nudie cartoons.

J9 said...

thank you!! I love the Heavy Metal Soundtrack. This and the Blue Oyster Cult's "Veteran of 1,000 psychic wars" are fucking. awesome.