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“Once again, it’s an encore, but as Martin Mull said, ‘We saved the best for last.’ Here we are at Budokan, and we’re going out on a hit. The audience went crazy. Beat that!
“Musically, the song is pretty uncomplicated. I play a riff on the A and go straight down, hitting every note. Nobody does a riff that simple, but that’s why I did it.
“The song gets to the point about going nuts on a Saturday night. And not like Elton John’s Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – that’s too cerebral. Here we’re like, ‘Clock strikes ten, it’s a Saturday Night/ imagine what we’re doing tonight.” That’s it. Nothing else to think about.”
Listen: Cheap Trick - Clock Strikes Ten