Holy crap, Cheap Trick's Transformers The Fallen theme rocks!

by Eric Melin on June 2, 2009

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cheaptrick1.jpgWow. You know, this sounds cheesy, but it’s true: They couldn’t have picked a better band to do the theme for the new “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” movie.

Cheap Trick is one of those bands that has been around through so many fads and popular music trends that it has only strengthened their sound. They can’t be classified as a 70s band or an 80s band (although people who only know “I Want You to Want Me” and “The Flame” will do just that out of ignorance), and they put out two of their best records, “Cheap Trick” (1997) and “Rockford” (2006), in the last two decades and completely under the radar. Lots of bands get crappier and wimpier in time (I’m looking at you, Vince Neil), but Robin Zander’s voice is still top-notch and the new stuff rocks as hard as the old stuff AND has better production to boot.

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Anyway, this theme has “Dream Police”-like keyboards, a huge bass sound, and hilariously straightforward lyrics about giant robots from the sky that you can’t hide from. I mean, that’s what the freaking movie’s about, right? Why not sing about it? I love that the Trick still has a sense of humor after all these years. Anyway, this may be my favorite theme song since Queen’s “Princes of the Universe” for the”Highlander” soundtrack (which took itself way more seriously and was equally as much fun)!

Play this one in your car with the top down and have a cool one. Just don’t forget to turn it up!

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Paul Mazzoni June 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I like it, but not as much as the Queen song you mention. But no doubt that Cheap Trick are still going strong and have a new album coming very soon.

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2 Paul Mazzoni June 2, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I like it, but not as much as the Queen song you mention. But no doubt that Cheap Trick are still going strong and have a new album coming very soon.

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3 Eric Melin June 3, 2009 at 10:47 am

He actually sings “Destroy all Decepticons” right before a steaming hot bass guitar spotlight! Perfect.

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4 Eric Melin June 3, 2009 at 10:47 am

He actually sings “Destroy all Decepticons” right before a steaming hot bass guitar spotlight! Perfect.

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5 Figment June 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Wow, it’s a weird version of the animated movie lyrics…

Anyone else heard Black Lab’s cover of it?

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6 Figment June 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Wow, it’s a weird version of the animated movie lyrics…

Anyone else heard Black Lab’s cover of it?

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7 Dave Bryant June 3, 2009 at 11:26 pm

They just put out a new single that sorta rules, too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApBANSCr6iw

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8 Dave Bryant June 3, 2009 at 11:26 pm

They just put out a new single that sorta rules, too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApBANSCr6iw

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9 Eric Melin June 4, 2009 at 12:08 am

Figment- Nope, but I’ll check it out.
Dave- Thx for the link, man. Looking forward to the new album!

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10 Eric Melin June 4, 2009 at 12:08 am

Figment- Nope, but I’ll check it out.
Dave- Thx for the link, man. Looking forward to the new album!

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11 The Magnetism of Robin Zander June 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

First, I was blown away by how cool this version is and props for noting the Dream Police-y vibe. Second, Cheap Trick has some history with robot-themed songs (“High Priest of Rhytmic Noise” from All Shook Up and “I Want Be Man” from One On One). The latter being a VERY cool tune with Robin wailing at the end, “I wanna live in your body!” Cheap Trick rules the universe and don’t you ever forget it.

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12 The Magnetism of Robin Zander June 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm

First, I was blown away by how cool this version is and props for noting the Dream Police-y vibe. Second, Cheap Trick has some history with robot-themed songs (“High Priest of Rhytmic Noise” from All Shook Up and “I Want Be Man” from One On One). The latter being a VERY cool tune with Robin wailing at the end, “I wanna live in your body!” Cheap Trick rules the universe and don’t you ever forget it.

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13 Eric Melin June 6, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Props for the “Fast Times” reference in your name, MoRZ!

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14 Eric Melin June 6, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Props for the “Fast Times” reference in your name, MoRZ!

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15 The Magnetism of Robin Zander June 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

“The lady will have the linguine with clam sauce and a Coke with no ice.”

BTW, I am still annoyed that Damone recommends to Ratner that he play side one of Led Zeppelin IV, then in the movie they play Kashmir (side two of Physical Graffiti). FACT CHECK!!!

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16 The Magnetism of Robin Zander June 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm

“The lady will have the linguine with clam sauce and a Coke with no ice.”

BTW, I am still annoyed that Damone recommends to Ratner that he play side one of Led Zeppelin IV, then in the movie they play Kashmir (side two of Physical Graffiti). FACT CHECK!!!

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17 Rachelle June 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

This is awesome! I was afraid some band like Linkin Park would have done the theme. Oh wait, they are on the sound track, along with mostly other crap rock bands.

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18 Rachelle June 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

This is awesome! I was afraid some band like Linkin Park would have done the theme. Oh wait, they are on the sound track, along with mostly other crap rock bands.

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19 ConraDargo July 6, 2009 at 5:16 am

Their theme song truly rocks, it’s amazing what they’ve managed to pull off; the sound has a retro-feeling to it and the lyrics are just awesome.

Mute Math could learn a lot from Cheap Trick.

The whole soundtrack is excellent.

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20 ConraDargo July 6, 2009 at 5:16 am

Their theme song truly rocks, it’s amazing what they’ve managed to pull off; the sound has a retro-feeling to it and the lyrics are just awesome.

Mute Math could learn a lot from Cheap Trick.

The whole soundtrack is excellent.

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21 tuwagapatma July 10, 2009 at 2:26 am

I love this track so much . . .
Guys, I wanna wanna share this mp3 . . .
you can download here, Cheap Trick – Transformers The Fallen Remix . . .
and I wanna share the other song of Transformers soundtrack, too
The Album OST Transformers Revenge of The Fallen

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22 tuwagapatma July 10, 2009 at 2:26 am

I love this track so much . . .
Guys, I wanna wanna share this mp3 . . .
you can download here, Cheap Trick – Transformers The Fallen Remix . . .
and I wanna share the other song of Transformers soundtrack, too
The Album OST Transformers Revenge of The Fallen

Reply

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