#5 – Cheap Trick, In Color
… In which our heroes Robin Zander and Tom Petersson write the book on looking dead sexy in the saddle (take that, Jon Bon Jovi!). Cheap Trick’s second record made them superstars in Japan, setting the stage for 1978’s Live At Budokan, which blew up their careers worldwide. Someone so loves this album that he/she recorded the entire vinyl LP and posted it on YouTube. Search the world over; you won’t find more perfect power pop. Can you identify the Harleys? By the way, In Color’s also-classic back cover is an upside-down, black-and-white photo of notorious nerds drummer Bun E. Carlos and guitarist Rick Nielsen riding mopeds, a shot that spawned an army of hipsters.