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“The song had just come out in Japan when we played it at Budokan. It's another sing-along. Truthfully, I was always amazed that people liked it so much, because the story has double-entendres, triple-entendres, things are half true, half open to interpretation – it’s a lot.
“We talked slowly between songs. The promoters told us that the audience really wanted to hear us and understand every word. That’s why you hear Robin’s complete intro to Surrender – ‘This next one is the first song… ‘ – the way the mics were placed, you got the echo from him with the crowd screaming.
“Everybody's parents are weirdos. And if you don’t think your parents are weird, your friends do. That’s what I wrote about in Surrender. I’m kind of making fun of everybody, but I'm telling you to keep your head up.
“It’s funny: People still love the song. I’ve got tapes of Green Day and the Foo Fighters playing it. Even Taylor Swift has done it. It’s got a good hook, and it’s not played out.
“The excitement is kind of built in. We start off on B-flat and then modulate to D, and then we modulate to C. It always went over well. Did we know it was a classic? We knew it was a good song. That very first line: ‘Mother told me, yes, she told me…’ You feel like you know it the minute you hear it.”
Listen: Cheap Trick - Surrender