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In an interview with Gerry Galipault, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos: "Tom (Petersson) rejoined (in 1988), and then the vice president at Epic told us he had these 2 songs and they're both gonna be #1. He goes, 'We got one for you and one for the group Chicago, but you can have first choice.' He said, 'I think the one 'The Flame' would be good for you guys.' The other one was 'Look Away,' and it sounded like some girl singing on the demo. We really didn't like that song anyway, so 'Sure, we'll do 'The Flame.' We're game.'" (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
This was Cheap Trick's only #1 hit. It was written by songwriters Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham. The song is a soft ballad where the singer tells a girl he will always be there for her. It was not typical of Cheap Trick's sound, and was also their only hit not written by their guitarist Rick Nielsen. The song succeeded in exposing the band to a much larger audience. Another example of a '70s Rock band that brought in outside writers and had a successful ballad was Heart, who had a similar breakthrough with "These Dreams
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