‘Surrender’ didn’t truly flourish until it was unleashed in a live setting; although it broke Billboard’s Hot 100 during its initial release as a single, it didn’t get terribly far, peaking at No. 62. But it enjoyed a second life thanks to its inclusion on 1979′s ‘Cheap Trick at Budokan,’ which achieved Top Five status and sold more than three million copies on its way to becoming one of the defining live records of the decade and cementing the band’s status as power pop royalty.
When Cheap Trick At Budokan was released in the US, the raucous live versions of Surrender and I Want You To Want Me became immediate radio sensations, and the album stormed the charts, selling so well and for so long that it held up the release of the already-recorded Dream Police by half a year. “It was a nice problem to have,” says Nielsen.