Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander celebrates his 67th birthday today (January 23rd). They wanted to hear their songs on the radio. Specifically the song “Surrender” The band knew it belonged on an album and had to get tough with their label to make it happen. The record company said NO but they won that fight and it became the first Cheap Trick song to chart on Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart, it only reached number-62, but received lots of airplay for two consecutive summers, and has been a staple ever since Robin Zander explains that the band had to fight to get it on that album.
“We thought that after two albums radio should be playing more of our music. We were really kind of pissed off about it. And ‘Surrender’ was one of our favorite songs that we had had around since our first album that nobody at the record company thought was deserving to be on either one of our first two records. It was a joke, and finally we just kind of put our foot down and said, ‘This song is going to be on the record.’ And it was. And it was a radio hit for two summers. And it still is played to this day. It holds up after all this time.”