I’m sure that, once upon a time, bands recorded power ballads for, um, artistic reasons. Falling in and out of love can make a man do strange things, like recording “Babe” or “Keep on Lovin’ You.” After a few of them were hits, however, the dudes in suits figured out that power ballads were an excellent way of getting rock bands on pop radio, and before long, groups whose albums had stopped selling found themselves being force-fed songs by outside writers.

Poor Cheap Trick.

Cheap Trick – The Flame

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