She Thinks SHE'S The Pollsionate One: THE SWEET SINGLES POLL

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I'm just starting to get into this band - they were hyped to me years ago and I always liked "Action" but it's taken the comments box at Popular to get me to branch out further than that. YouTube is wonderful as well to carry a sense of the sheer rock and roll beauty and excitement - these guys were one of the most convincing-looking bands I've ever seen! So what are the sweetest sweets the Sweet ever sweetened?

(List comes from this site; I've edited out stuff that looked blatantly like reissues. Can't tell with the last couple things though, are they reissues or some sort of remixes/remakes?)

I can't pick, btw - today "Fox On The Run" and "Wig Wam Bam" are inescapably stuck in my head, but tomorrow it could be "Ballroom Blitz" or "Little Willy" just as easily....

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Fox On The Run/Miss Demeanour (2) Mar 1975 8
Ballroom Blitz/Rock & Roll Disgrace (2) Sep 1973 7
Block Buster/Need A Lot Of Lovin' (1) Jan 1973 6
Love Is Like Oxygen/Cover Girl (9) Jan 1978 6
Teenage Rampage/Own Up, Take A Look At Yourself (2) Feb 1974 5
Wig Wam Bam/New York Connection (4) Sep 1972 4
Action/Sweet F.A. (15) Jul 1975 2
Little Willy/Man From Mecca (4) Jun 1972 2
The Six Teens/Burn On The Flame (9) Jul 1974 1
Its Its The Sweetest Mix/Fox On The Run (45) Dec 1984 0
The Lies In Your Eyes/Cockroach (35) Jan 1976 0
Lost Angels/Funk It Up - Oct 1976 0
Sixties Man/Tall Girls - Oct 1980 0
Give The Lady Some Respect/Tall Girls - Apr 1980 0
Fever Of Love/Distinct Lack Of Ancient - Feb 1977 0
Big Apple Waltz/Why Don't You - Aug 1979 0
Call Me/Why Don't You - Mar 1979 0
California Nights/Show Me The Way (Unreleased) May 1978 0
Stairway To The Stars/Why Don't You Do It To Me - Aug 1977 0
Turn It Down/Someone Else Will (41) Nov 1974 0
Lollipop Man/Time - Sep 1969 0
All You'll Ever Get From Me/Juicer - Jan 1970 0
Get On The Line/Mr McGallagher - Jun 1970 0
Funny Funny/You're Not Wrong For Loving Me (13) Mar 1971 0
All You'll Ever Get From Me/Juicer Parlophone 0
Co-Co/Done Me Wrong All Right (2) Jun 1971 0
Alexander Graham Bell/Spotlight (33) Oct 1971 0
Poppa Joe/Jeanie (11) Feb 1972 0
Hellraiser/Burning (2) Apr 1973 0
Slow Motion/It's Lonely Out There - Jul 1968 0
Sweet 2th - The Wig Wam Willy Mix/Teen Action Mix ??? 19850


Doctor Casino, Friday, 7 December 2007 21:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

California Nights was unreleased? What a crime! Though my vote is for "Teenage Rampage" NOW.

zaxxon25, Friday, 7 December 2007 21:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

The man at the back said "everyone attack"

Dom Passantino, Friday, 7 December 2007 21:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lots to choose from, yes, but my heart belongs to "Love is Like Oxygen."

Alex in NYC, Friday, 7 December 2007 21:33 (ten years ago) Permalink

I just checked out "Poppa Joe" on YT and it's pretty cool! The Sweet with steel drums! About as sensitive as "Wig Wam Bam" but a really great track.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 7 December 2007 21:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

Do they really have anything better than "Fox On the Run?" I better start downloading if so.

Sundar, Friday, 7 December 2007 21:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

TEENAGE RAMPAGE

Shakey Mo Collier, Friday, 7 December 2007 22:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

wig wam bam!

but little willy and alexander graham bell and the six-teens are all very clooooooooose. man the sweet singles comps are just GREAT

69, Saturday, 8 December 2007 05:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ballroom Blitz!!!

zeus, Saturday, 8 December 2007 11:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm with Alex on this one.

JN$OT, Saturday, 8 December 2007 12:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

I voted "Love Is Like Oxygen" cos I'm feeling emo today. Also cos it's brilliant.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 8 December 2007 16:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

Either "Fox On The Run" or "Teenage Rampage". Going for "Teenage Rampage". Great chorus!

Geir Hongro, Saturday, 8 December 2007 16:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'd vote for almost everything on this list, but when I have to single one out for the throne, all I have to think of are those faded in synth bubble sounds alarming the ensuing rock explosion.

"Fox On The Run"

Mackro Mackro, Saturday, 8 December 2007 18:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Alexander Graham Bell", "Hellraiser" (!!!), and "Stairway To The Stars" are going to be <i>criminally</i> overlooked ones here.

So "Rebel Rouser" and "Peppermint Twist" were never singles, huh. This is why I love(d) this band. Up until '75, pretty much every album track was a potential single.

Mackro Mackro, Saturday, 8 December 2007 18:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Fox on the Run" and "Little Willy" are my favorites.

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 8 December 2007 18:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

In North America (or maybe just Canada), "Ballroom Blitz"/"Fox on the Run" was a double-A single, so that'd be an easy pick, not to mention one of the finest 45s of the 70s. But "Fox" all itself has it all - the stomp, the crunch and Moog throb.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Saturday, 8 December 2007 23:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

and "chop chop" wasn't on a single oh no!?

o well. "the six teens", then.

t**t, Sunday, 9 December 2007 14:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Euros Childs has been covering "Chop Chop" in his recent live shows. Voted for "Fox On The Run".

mike t-diva, Monday, 10 December 2007 00:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Fox on the Run" and "Little Willy" are my favorites.
Same for me, but I may end up voting for "Action."

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 10 December 2007 00:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

OK, I voted for the one I liked in junior high school and not the one I liked in elementary school

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 10 December 2007 01:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

You know, it's the obvious choice, but Ballroom Blitz is one of the half dozen songs I don't seem to be able to tire of. Stick it on, and I'll turn it up. Stick it on repeat, and I'll stay for the duration. Most of the other songs like there were composed in flares as well.

bendy, Monday, 10 December 2007 01:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I went for "Action" too.

Mark G, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

When I was a kid, the next door neighbours once drove home, came in, played "Blockbuster" at full blast, then got back in their car and left. Like they were out somewhere and had an unstoppable craving to hear that song. So I voted for that one, although tempted by Wig Wam Bam.

Colonel Poo, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wow! Who ever knew that Nigel Tufnel was a member of the Sweet?

JN$OT, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Action"!!!

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

They really were such a great junior high band, though--"Love is Like Oxygen" was totally my jam in 7th/8th grade.

JN$OT, Monday, 10 December 2007 10:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't remember "Funk It Up (David's Song)." Seems like it barely cracked the top 100 over here.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 10 December 2007 13:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

I never know what metric to use in 2-sided single polls (i.e., to balance off B-sides when I've never thought of most of these as 2-sided singles anyway), so I just decided to go with "Ballroom Blitz," one of my favorite songs of all time (even though a lot of other singles above that are great as well.)

xhuxk, Monday, 10 December 2007 13:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

closet runner-ups, fwiw (not in order):

Wig Wam Bam/New York Connection (4) Sep 1972
Block Buster/Need A Lot Of Lovin' (1) Jan 1973
Hellraiser/Burning (2) Apr 1973
Teenage Rampage/Own Up, Take A Look At Yourself (2) Feb 1974
The Six Teens/Burn On The Flame (9) Jul 1974
Fox On The Run/Miss Demeanour (2) Mar 1975

xhuxk, Monday, 10 December 2007 13:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Aww, man, was just blasting Sweet Fanny Adams yesterday, and now I've got A.C.D.C. stuck in my head. Where's that one?

"Are you ready, Steve? Aha. Andy? Yeah! Mick? OK. Alright, fellas, let's go!" is one of my favorite pop music moments. It's SO fey and awesome at the same time.

I eat cannibals, Monday, 10 December 2007 18:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Action" is a front runner! Who'd a thunk!

Mark G, Monday, 10 December 2007 20:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

It's SO fey and awesome at the same time.

As if the two were mutually exclusive! Feyness is almost ALWAYS awesome.

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 10 December 2007 20:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

(The) Sweet were the greatest band of all-time WITHOUT the word "new" in their name. "Wig Wam Bam" for me because it doubles as a song about the overwhelming experience of listening to a Sweet song. They have at least ten songs that make me tear up. They were just so...so.

Check out the crazy dances to "Chop Chop" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rd-1eVamQY

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 10 December 2007 20:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Sunday, 30 December 2007 00:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Monday, 31 December 2007 00:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Unsurprising but satisfying spread. I didn't quite realize how much "Fox On The Run" love there was..!

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 03:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

How many bands are better than The Sweet? Five? Ten maybe? No more, though.

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 04:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh God, reading this title just made me think of what an idea a Paul's Boutique sample poll would be, but alas, I could never possibly compile it. . .

mehlt, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 05:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Compile away, baby! But lo - The Veastie Boys are nowhere near as genius as The Sweet. Come on - how many bands were better than them? How MANY?
?

Maybe zero!

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 08:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

Beastie, that is

Kevin John Bozelka, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 08:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm bettin' you were drunk when ya wrote that, Kevin--weren't ya?

Ioannis, Tuesday, 1 January 2008 15:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Hang on, only two for "Action"? There were at least four votes declared here!

Mark G, Wednesday, 2 January 2008 16:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

fox on the run

the galena free practitioner, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm bettin' you were drunk when ya wrote that, Kevin--weren't ya?

Hammered. But the sentiment still holds.

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 3 January 2008 19:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Just bought a greatest hits to celebrate quitting a really shitty job, and it's sounding ggggggggggggreat. Just one punchy, roaring sing-along after another. "Blockbuster" maybe kicking the most ass so far, but I haven't gotten to "Fox on the Run" and I have a feeling that's going to be the icing on the cake of this day.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 October 2011 00:40 (six years ago) Permalink

awwwwwwwwwwwwww yeah, there it goes.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 October 2011 00:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Many bands go their whole careers without anything as awesome as the "fuH-FOX-EE" part when they're repeating the chorus.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 October 2011 00:44 (six years ago) Permalink

oh shit but ACTION is up next!

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 October 2011 00:44 (six years ago) Permalink

polltor pollsino really is the king of bad poll thread titles

shiroimarkershoes (some dude), Sunday, 9 October 2011 00:44 (six years ago) Permalink

This was one of my early greats!

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 9 October 2011 00:52 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Man, that greatest-hits is the gift that keeps on giving. Has anyone ever written on Johnny Rotten's debt to Brian Connolly as lead vocalist? There's a real Pistols-esque snarl to, e.g., "And LLLIFE! GOES ON!" on "The Six Teens" - compare to "LLLIKE! E-M-IIII!" etc. The ability to hint at a little bit of real destructive rebel menace amidst the punchy, junior-high-candy hooks was pretty essential to both bands, I think.

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