Dream Police

Dream Police
Dream Police
Studio album by Cheap Trick
Released September 21, 1979 (1979-09-21)
Recorded Record Plant, Los Angeles, 1978–1979
Genre Rock, power pop
Length 45:45
Label Epic
Producer Tom Werman
Cheap Trick chronology
Cheap Trick at Budokan
Dream Police
All Shook Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[2]
Robert Christgau (B-)[3]

Dream Police is a 1979 studio album by Cheap Trick. It was their fourth studio release, and third in a row produced by Tom Werman. It is the band's most commercially successful studio album, going to No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart[4] and being certified platinum within a few months of its release.[5]



Dream Police shows the band expanding into longer, more complex songs and incorporating orchestration on several tracks. Three videos were produced: "Dream Police", "Way of The World" and "Voices".

The album's title track became a Top 30 hit for the band. "Voices" was also a hit for the band, reaching No. 32 on the Billboard chart. "Voices" has been used twice in the soundtrack of the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

Near the end of "Gonna Raise Hell" the orchestra are citing a snippet from "Heaven Tonight". That song was described by Allmusic critic Tom Maginnis as having an "extended, disco-inflected, slowburn groove".[6]


In 2010, Cheap Trick re-recorded the title track as "Green Police" for the controversial Green Police advertisement which aired during Super Bowl XLIV for Audi.[7]

Track listing

  1. "Dream Police" (Rick Nielsen) – 3:49
  2. "Way of the World" (Robin Zander, Nielsen) – 3:39
  3. "The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)" (Tom Petersson, Nielsen) – 5:12
  4. "Gonna Raise Hell" (Nielsen) – 9:20
  5. "I'll Be with You Tonight" (Nielsen, Bun E. Carlos, Petersson, Zander) – 3:52
  6. "Voices" (Nielsen) – 4:22
  7. "Writing on the Wall" (Nielsen) – 3:26
  8. "I Know What I Want" (Nielsen) – 4:29
  9. "Need Your Love" (Nielsen, Petersson) – 7:39

Bonus tracks (2006 Reissue)

The bonus tracks of the 2006 reissue of Dream Police consisted mainly of rare live versions of songs from the album. "I Know What I Want" is noteworthy for being the b-side to their 1988 single "Don't Be Cruel" and the only non-live track is a demo of the title track without its trademark strings.

  1. "The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)" (live) - 6:16
  2. "Way of the World" (live) - 3:59
  3. "Dream Police" (No Strings Version) - 3:52
  4. "I Know What I Want" (live) - 4:43


  • 1979: "Dream Police" b/w "Heaven Tonight" – #26 US, #4 Canada, #79 Japan
  • 1979: "Voices" b/w "Surrender" (Live) – #16 Australia (UK)
  • 1979: "Voices" b/w "The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems)" – #32 US, #12 Canada,(US & Canada)
  • 1980: "Way of the World" b/w "Oh Candy" – #73 UK
  • 1980: "I'll Be with You Tonight" b/w "He's a Whore" & "So Good to See You" (UK)

Unreleased Outtakes

  • "Next Position Please" (Later re-recorded in 1983 as the title track for the album of the same name)
  • "It Must Be Love" (This song was given to Rick Derringer who covered it on his 1979 album Guitars and Women)
  • "See Me Now" ("Way of the World" with alternate lyrics)
  • "Voices" (with Tom Petersson on vocals)
  • "I Know What I Want" (with Robin Zander on vocals)


Band members

Additional musicians

  • Jai Winding - organ, piano, keyboards
  • Steve Lukather - guitar on "Voices"

Production and staff

  • Tom Werman - producer
  • Gary Ladinsky, Mike Beiriger- engineers
  • Ken Adamany - assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering

Chart performance


Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[4] 6 ?
Canadian Albums Chart[8] 4 20
German Albums Chart[9] 56 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 2 16
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 31 2
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 21 6
UK Albums Chart[13] 46 4



Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Dream Police" Billboard Hot 100 26
1980 "Voices" Billboard Hot 100 32


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA[5] Gold 1980-02-06
CRIA - Canada[15] Triple Platinum 1979-11-01


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cheap Trick Dream Police review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/dream-police-r3733/review. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  2. ^ Marsh, Dave (29 November 1979). "Cheap Trick - Dream Police". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/dream-police-19791129. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Dream Police". Robert Christgau. http://robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=242&name=Cheap+Trick. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Dream Police Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/dream-police-r3733/charts-awards. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Database Search for Cheap Trick". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  6. ^ Maginnis, Tom. "Cheap Trick Gonna raise Hell review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/song/gonna-raise-hell-t2399194. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Cheap Trick and Audi of America come together for “Green Police”". Cheap Trick Official Website. 1 February 2010. http://www.cheaptrick.com/greenpolice. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 32, No. 9, November 24 1979". Library and Archives Canada. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.7859a&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=m89iq841abagb37ld9c0fdc1f3. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  9. ^ "Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick" (in German). Charts.de. Media Control Charts. http://www.charts.de/album.asp?artist=Cheap+Trick&title=Dream+Police&cat=a&country=de. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  10. ^ "Cheap Trick - Dream Police (Album)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. http://www.charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=Cheap+Trick&titel=Dream+Police&cat=a. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  11. ^ "Cheap Trick - Dream Police (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. http://swedishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Cheap+Trick&titel=Dream+Police&cat=a. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  12. ^ "Cheap Trick - Dream Police (Album)" (in Dutch). Gfk Dutch Charts. Media Control Charts. http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Cheap+Trick&titel=Dream+Police&cat=a. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  13. ^ "Cheap Trick - Dream Police". Chart Stats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/release.php?release=39039. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  14. ^ "Dream Police Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/album/dream-police-r3733/charts-awards/billboard-single. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  15. ^ "Gold Platinum Database - Artist: Cheap Trick". Music Canada. http://www.musiccanada.com/GPSearchResult.aspx?st=&ica=False&sa=Cheap%20Trick&sl=&smt=0&sat=-1&ssb=Artist. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 

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