Sweet : S/D/C/D?

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CANNOT believe Sweet did not have their own thread! (There was the TS: Sweet vs. Slade thread but that does not count)

Search: Everything between "Little Willy" and the Level Headed album... Hell, search even the bubblegum stuff before like "Slow Motion", "Funny Funny", "Alexander Graham Bell", and "Get On The Line"
Destroy: pretty much anything after Brian Connolly (r.i.p.) left the band.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Ballroom Blitz" is a certified best 30 songs ever. I've never really ventured further into their catalogue lest I be disappointed (not feeling "Blockbuster"). Maybe this thread will send me to Soulseek.

Search: being Taggart's long lost brother.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I say search almost everything, but that's just me.

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm putting together a double Rough Guide to the Sweet as I type...

"Sugar & spice"

"Sugar": all the 1968-1972 bubblegum/pre-rawk material
"Spice": starting with "Little Willy", all the hit singles/best songs until and including the Level Headed album.

I'll post the list here and on the Rough Guide, Dom, so you can have a list.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

1.Slow Motion
2.It's Lonely Out There
4.I'm On My Way
5.The Spider
6.My Little Girl From Kentucky
7.The Lollipop Man
9.All You'll Ever Get From Me
10.The Juicer
11.Get On The Line
12.Mr. McGallagher
13.Co Co
14.Chop Chop
16.Honeysuckle Love
17.Santa Monica Sunshine
19.Funny Funny
20.Tom Tom Turnaround
22.Sunny Sleeps Late
24.Alexander Graham Bell
25.Poppa Joe
26.You're Not Wrong For Loving Me

1.Little Willy
2.Wig Wam Bam
5.Ballroom Blitz
6.Rock N' Roll Disgrace
7.Teenage Rampage
8.No You Don't
9.Rebel Rouser
10.Peppermint Twist
11.The 6 Teens
12.Fox On The Run (single version)
13.Sweet F.A.
14.Action (U.S. single version)
15.The Lies In Your Eyes
16.Lost Angels
17.Fever Of Love
18.Live For Today
19.Stairway To The Stars
20.Love Is Like Oxygen
21.Dream On

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"I'm A Man" > "Blockbuster" > "Jean Genie" > "Muckraker"

Bro-Faheyms (diamond), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"SUGAR" is pretty much the Repertoire issue of the early recordings from 1968 to 1971, plus the one "sorta" album released in 1971 called Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be, and the non album singles "AGB", "Poppa Joe", and "Funny Funny"'s B-side. They had no less than four songs that repeated one word twice in the song title.

"SPICE" is pretty much the American "Best Of Sweet" CD collection minus the later crap, and some good stuff and blatant ommissions injected here and there.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:52 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oddly enough, the only way I could find Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be on CD was this murky sounding issue released in Italy called "I Grandi Del Rock". ???

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My wife brought the "Fox on the Run" 7-inch to the marriage and I am pleased.

Mark (MarkR), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No You Dont & Set Me Free are still 2 of my all time favorites. What an awesomely tight band they were.

jim wentworth (wench), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've got that Repertoire 1968-1971 thing; I actually like it quite a bit, though it doesn't necessarily get played all that often. Yeah, I'd agree to search everything up and through Give Us A Wink. I never got anything after that *except* I once picked up like a $1 copy of the one called VI, which was probably more like their IXth by that point, and I didn't really like it - *except* for this one song called "Own Up, Take A Look at Yourself" that I used to play a bunch. The chorus has almost the exact same melody as REM's "Radio Free Europe", which is why it always stuck in my head.

I've still never figured out the whole Desolation Blvd. saga. I should pick up a copy of the UK version sometime.

I hate the Cubs, but I occasionally listen to their broadcasts on WGN and at least once a game they play that intro to "Fox on the Run" as segue music when they come back from commercial; that big synthesizer riff. I love them for that.

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 29 April 2004 01:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Own Up, Take A Look At Yourself" goes back to the being the B-side of "Teenage Rampage" from 1974. Again, I fear anything after Level Headed. Broheems, do you remember the album being credited to Andy Scott's Sweet as opposed to just Sweet? Maybe this is just a newly *shudder* recorded version of that song. Odd.

And yeah, the U.S. Desolation Blvd. from 1975 is basically most of U.K. Sweet Fanny Adams from 1974 with one track from U.K. Desolation Blvd. ("Solid Gold Brass"), one track from those sessions I think previously unreleased until then ("I Wanna Be Committed"), and the single version of "Fox On The Run".. basically.
Otherwise, the U.K. version of Desolation Blvd. is completely different. Even the version of "Fox On The Run" is different and sounds like an earlier version. I don't think there has ever been a more warped track list changing from UK to US on any album than on Desolation Blvd..

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 02:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I almost wish Warner Bros./Rhino would just buy the Sweet catalog and do proper sane reissues, instead of allowing a gazillion collection to float around. Even the Misfits couldn't compare to the Sweet, as far as overlapping compilation releases.

That said, Repertoire has done a good job of the European issues, for the most part.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 02:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Wow - thanks for filling in the blanks, DB! Yeah, I've *got* to get a UK version, to hear that other "Fox on the Run" at the very least. So "Own Up, Take A Look at Yourself" actually dates back the good era? Heh, no wonder it was the only song on that record that stuck out for me. Let me check the record -- hmm ... nope, still billed just as Sweet. Also no mention of recording dates for any of the songs (ha, not even a list of the personnel!)

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 29 April 2004 02:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Little Willy/Wig Wam Bam is the greatest one-two punch in music ever. Papa Joe is not far behind. The first time I heard that song I could not beleive what I was listening to. It has steel drums and is insane.

Daniel DiMAGGIO (Daniel DiMAGGIO), Thursday, 29 April 2004 02:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Poppa Joe" I believe has more key changes in a charting single than any other song in history... I think there are six.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 02:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Search: the long version of "Love Is Like Oxygen" - can music get any better than this?

retort pouch (retort pouch), Thursday, 29 April 2004 02:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

DB, You rock! And you dudes are rockin' the Sweet. Nice!

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 29 April 2004 03:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Love Is Like Oxygen" !!!! always thought of this as somewhat of a guilty pleasure.....now i feel validated . *heh*

william (william), Thursday, 29 April 2004 04:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I credit DB for truly getting the Sweet love going around for me and others. While I had had a few songs, he took the plunge in 1997 or so and it all went from there. El Diablo and I have a merry memory of DB playing "Santa Monica Sunshine" while driving through Santa Monica, while a day or two later around the time of Terrastock in San Francisco he found a double disc hits comp at Amoeba and was of the happy.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 29 April 2004 04:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Thanks very very much Donut, I'm searching for those tracks as we speak.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 29 April 2004 11:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Alexander Graham Bell" may be one of the greatest songs of all time@!!!

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Thursday, 29 April 2004 13:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

(sweet) (f)uckin' A!

I played 'Shout at the Devil' to somebody who 'hated American hairmetal' and told him it was Sweet, he believed me and agreed it was classic

dave q, Thursday, 29 April 2004 16:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Hahaha. Beautiful.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 29 April 2004 16:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ballroom Blitz = personal fave to karaoke to.

Fox on the Run ROXX0R as well, sounds like everyone else has already touched on the other high points. Great band, totally funny with their sexually confused image as well.

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 29 April 2004 17:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I love Sweet, always have, always will. My kids love them too. My wife hates "Love Is Like Oxygen" but only because it was on some corny aerobics tape she used to have along with "Moondance" and some other 'easylistening' tunes. But come on that's insane! THE SIX-TEENS!

Begs2Differ (Begs2Differ), Thursday, 29 April 2004 17:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

whats a Sweet F.A?

thomas de'aguirre (biteylove), Thursday, 29 April 2004 17:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I think it's british slang - sweet fuck all?

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 29 April 2004 17:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I swear to god I remember hearing an old "Metal Shop" show as a kid, wherein they were interviewing AC/DC, and the interview asked them how they chose the band name (I don't think he asked them if it stood for "after christ, devil comes"). And I'm pretty sure I remember them saying it was in tribute to the Sweet song. Which makes sense because AC/DC liked to dress up as women too! The only thing is, the Sweet song is from like 1974 and I think the first AC/DC single might have even been '73? But then again I'm going by a US copy of Desolation Blvd. Might have to consult Donut Bitch again on this one. Maybe it came out in Australia in like 1972. Or maybe AC/DC just made up the story to sound cool. Or maybe I dreamt it.

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 29 April 2004 17:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh also, I left out a song in my flowchart. I probably forgot some others too

"I'm A Man" > "Blockbuster" > "Critical Mass" > "Jean Genie" > "Muckraker"

Broheems (diamond), Thursday, 29 April 2004 17:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I only recently found out that "Love Is Like Oxygen" was NOT an ELO song!

"Ballroom Blitz" was my most beloved 45 when I was seven, and I had great taste. I liked to play along, imitate the drumbeats using my mom's knitting needles and a little round cushion, until the time I accidentally poked a hole through the cushion's vinyl covering while trying to imitate the really fast part.


Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Thursday, 29 April 2004 17:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"Ballroom Blitz" was one of the first singles I ever bought, and as prescient in determining my tastes of the next 30 years as any song I liked growing up. Basically, it IS my aesthetic of rock. And dance music. And lots of other things. Also, I still say it sounds way better than the Ramone's supposedly unprecedented but oddly similarly titled "Blitzkrieg Bop," which came out a year later. And I'm with Scott; I can't think of any Sweet stuff I DON'T like. (Then again, hell, I even like Mud these days!) About ten years ago Def Leppard's Joe Elliot told me that he only liked their later, post-Chin and Chapman stuff, when they were a "real" band, but he's full of shit.

chuck, Thursday, 29 April 2004 18:01 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


I think AC/DC, the band, were just fucking around with the interviewer when they said they named themselves after the Sweet song, since a) they formed a year before the song was released (but possibly under a different name, but I don't think so), and b) AC/DC is a common term amongst electric engineers and is not something specific to rock music. This all increases my respect for AC/DC, the band, in my opinion.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 18:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Apologies if there's already been a thread about the January BMG reissues, but I just bought Sweet Fanny Adams and it's fantastic. I own nothing else - what should I get next?

ewmy, Monday, 23 May 2005 09:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"AC! DC! You found another woman as well as me!"

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 23 May 2005 10:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know their other songs, but I've never stoppped liking "Ballroom Blitz." I just googled the lyrics and I always thought it was "he thinks he's the fortunate one" rather than "she thinks she's the passionate one," but I've never sat down and listened very closely to the song to figure out what is meant to be going on.

RS_LaRue (RSLaRue), Monday, 23 May 2005 10:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

How did I never answer this?

Total classic, of course.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 23 May 2005 13:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
He was born to rule, baby, he's no fool
He was heaven sent, but his soul's hell bent

Allright, allright, allright, allright!
Rebel rouser, rebel rouser
High speed king worship everything
'Bout the rebel rouser, rebel rouser
Juvenile jive, gotta be a rebel rouser
Gotta be a rebel rouser!
Gotta be a rebel rouser!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 19 November 2006 03:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This thread reminds me of TWO things, dogdammit!

How I was oftentimes yelled at by some of my classmates, way back in secondary school (that's mid-70s, huh), for playing 'way too many Sweet songs' while Dj-ing at the school discos...

Secondly, one of the record shops in my hometown at present has several very low-priced Sweet compilations but I haven't so far bought any of them.
Which might change tomorrow :)

tiit (tiit), Sunday, 19 November 2006 15:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Sweet as you've not quite heard them before.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 2 February 2007 16:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Every person alive should own a copy of Desolation Boulevard.

Tripp lamkins (trippl), Friday, 2 February 2007 17:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Of this there can be no debate.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 2 February 2007 17:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

cosign 1000%

Haikunym (Haikunym), Friday, 2 February 2007 17:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(Do check out that blog I've linked, BTW -- there are things on there you would have never imagined.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 2 February 2007 17:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sweet were the lyrical inspiration for Noel Gallagher. i.e. meaningless non-sequitors patched together in a way that appear to makes sense as they glide past your ears, but defy any further scrutiny.

So you think you'll take another piece of me to satisfy your intellectual greed?
Do you want action?
I was suicidal cos you were my idol,
Baby, baby, baby bring me to my knees
Do you want action?


All alone without a telephone
Into the night!

"Into the Night"

Although Rebel Rouser above is obv. "in the style of" B. Gillespie.

Doesn't mean Sweet aren't great though.

Phil Knight (PhilK), Friday, 2 February 2007 23:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I turned a lot of friends on to Sweet when I made an alternate soundtrack to Velvet Goldmine. Has it really been ELEVEN years since that movie came out?? Some of the later songs that sound like an unholy marriage of Queen and ELO got under my skin, and I finally ordered a copy of Level Headed, and can't wait to get it.

Mr. AMG Erlewine - "...It was one part of an ambitious sonic mosaic where Sweet tried a little bit of everything, cloaking it all in a neo-prog aesthetic. If it was hard to hear the candy crunch of early Sweet on "Love Is Like Oxygen," it seems like "Little Willy" in comparison to the rest of Level Headed, where the group runs wild in the studio. Throughout the first half, they indulge in catchy pop, dressing it up with mild psychedelia, elongating melodies with breezy harmonies and studio swirl. This is just a teaser for the second side, where they delve deep into album rock weirdness, trying on classical-inspired art rock with "Anthem No. 1" and "Anthem No. 2," waltzing along with the Europop "Lettres d'Amour," and livening the proceedings with "Strong Love," a horn-spiked disco tune."

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 7 July 2009 22:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Admittedly I don't know much else by Sweet but surely Ballroom Blitz is one of the best songs ever. Also, it's awesome for singing at karaoke.

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Tuesday, 7 July 2009 22:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Just wrote this yesterday morning: Lost Classics: Sweet - Sweet Fanny Adams (RCA) 1974

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 27 July 2009 13:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

S: "Wig Wam Bam", "Fox on the Run", "Ballroom Blitz" - all classics

o. nate, Tuesday, 28 July 2009 19:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

is there anyone who prefers the synth-free, album version of "fox on the run"? because the single version is sooooo much better.

MORBID RANGEL (D-NY) (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 00:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...



JasonC, Wednesday, 22 September 2010 14:28 (eight years ago) Permalink


do you feel me? somebody, feel me (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 22 September 2010 16:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

eight years pass...

Been on a deeply enjoyable Sweet kick lately.

“Wig Wam Bam” is the most joyfully addictive badass jam ever. I love how nonsensical it is but how precise & sharp the rhymes are, like a playground chant.

I’ve dangled a toe in the post-Connolly stuff but god it’s a a slog, nowhere near as enjoyable. I’d much prefer to stay in that glorious run through the 70’s.

When those hits hit, they are fkn MAJESTIC. Like a sequinned satin freight train. :D

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 15 December 2018 04:24 (six months ago) Permalink

All accurate.


Ned Raggett, Saturday, 15 December 2018 05:44 (six months ago) Permalink

Mr Veg reminded me of Krokus’ cover of Ballroom Blitz ... it’s a v amusing novelty on the one hand
...but to get boring for a second, I have to say that musically it’s so depressing to hear that song covered with zero joy & completely devoid of swing. It sounds like the drummer is being dragged along behind them whapping on wet cement. (And yeeesh they really were NOT an attractive band, were they. File under the Accept category of listen but do not look)


Sorry for Krokus detour!!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 15 December 2018 07:30 (six months ago) Permalink

Both Sweet and Slade had really great drummers, which is not insignificant, I feel.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ (Tom D.), Saturday, 15 December 2018 12:13 (six months ago) Permalink


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 15 December 2018 16:52 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Man... I've come to the conclusion 'Ballroom Blitz' is the best rock song ever recorded

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Well, I'm gonna big up "The Six Teens" if no one else is.

Mark G, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 22:23 (two months ago) Permalink

I know everybody is all about the US version of Desolation Boulevard, but I have to say the s/t album (possibly US-only?) w/"Little Willy" and "Blockbuster" kicks major ass too.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 04:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Wig Wam Bam is my jam

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 04:59 (two months ago) Permalink

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