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- Posted on Aug 12th 2009 11:00AM by Linda Laban
"It was such an intriguing set of words," he says of the band name. "To me, 'Sick Man of Europe' conjures up stuff, but no one else thought so much of it. Every time people asked 'What's the name of your band?' it'd be 'What?' How can you take the world's worst band name and turn it into something?"
Somehow, 37 years later, that's what they did. While the song tells of a young band struggling against the odds to find its place in rock 'n' roll, the video splices retro clips of go-go dancers and swinging London -- including the iconic original Biba clothing store -- with career-spanning Cheap Trick shots.
But how did they come up with that odd sounding name? "We were traveling around Europe and saw the Herald Tribune one day and they were referring to Turkey or Italy, I forget which, as the sick man of Europe, dragging the rest of Europe down," Nielsen says. According to some critics, this young band wasn't so hot either. "We did one show with the Mahavishnu Orchestra," Nielsen recalls, "and someone wrote, 'Wherever they're from, they should go back.'"
Watch the exclusive video premiere of 'Sick Man of Europe' below.