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"The Flame"
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Lap of Luxury
B-side "Through the Night"
Released July 25, 1988
Genre Rock
Length 05:37 (Album and Single Version) 04:47 (7" Edit)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Bob Mitchell
Nick Graham
Producer Richie Zito
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"It's Only Love"/"Name of the Game"
"The Flame"
"Don't Be Cruel"/"I Know What I Want"
"The Flame"
Single by Erin Hamilton
from the album One World
Released 1999
Genre Dance
Writer(s) Bob Mitchell
Nick Graham
Erin Hamilton singles chronology
"Dream Weaver"
"The Flame"

"I Got the Music in Me"

"The Flame 08"

"The Flame" is a hit power ballad by Cheap Trick, released on July 25, 1988. The song was first offered to English singer Elkie Brooks, who turned it down. Written by Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham, the song was initially released on Cheap Trick's Lap of Luxury album. "The Flame" reached number one on the American Billboard Hot 100 in 1988 when issued as a single; it also reached number one in Australia. The success of the song brought the group out of a years-long commercial slump and back into music industry prominence.

According to lead vocalist Robin Zander, "The band was very skeptical about performing this song live, because we only liked to perform songs written by us. However, a young man from, oh, I don't know, somewhere, confirmed to us after a show in Florida about a week after the song was released that the song was great and, get this, would be a #1 single. As we joked about the guy's prediction, we later realized whoa! This guy was right. I thank him for that."

Erin Hamilton version

"The Flame" was covered in 1998 by electronic dance music singer Erin Hamilton. Included on her 1999 album One World, the song was a top-twenty hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. Nine years later, the song was remixed and re-released as "The Flame 08" and this version went to number one on the U.S. dance chart, becoming Hamilton's first chart-topper.

Casey Donovan version

In 2004, "The Flame" was performed on the second season of Australian Idol by eventual winner Casey Donovan on the Final 6 80's theme night. Donovan recorded the song as her cover song on the series cast album, Australian Idol Season 2 The Final 10 Cast Album.

Preceded by
"Dirty Diana" by Michael Jackson
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
(Cheap Trick version)

July 9 - July 16, 1988
Succeeded by
"Hold On to the Nights" by Richard Marx
Preceded by
"Beautiful" by Taylor Dayne
Hot Dance Club Play number one single
(Erin Hamilton version)

April 12, 2008
Succeeded by
"I'm a Fire" by Donna Summer


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