Am I Crazy Since I Still Love Sweet?

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When those of us here in the USA first generally heard music from the English band Sweet, the song was probably “Little Willie”. I remember all of on the school bus who were in elementary school rhythmically stomping our feet to that song while “singing” the song at the top of lungs. That poor, poor bus driver, Mr. Young, God rest his soul. There had to be nothing worse than a bunch of crazed-eyed, sugar-loaded pre-teens animalistically reacting to a bubblegum/Glam rock song in the manner the artists intended. As an adult, I can imagine the sight, since I lived through my own boys doing the same thing with Master P, “Baby Got Back” and Blink-182.

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Finally, as an adult, I ran across an electronic collection of Sweet’s greatest hits in some packaging that seemed to be more of an individual’s compilation rather than that of a record company, which makes it all the more worthwhile. By the time I reached middle school, I was treated to perhaps Sweet’s greatest songs: “Ballroom Blitz” (which is being pimped in some of the more recent Suicide Squad movie trailers) and “Fox on the Run” (which can be heard, ever so slightly, during the movie Dazed and Confused). The only other US hit song Sweet gave us was during my sophomore year in high school when “Love Is Like Oxygen” was the band’s last hit song. That song was something of an anomaly, since it was more of a Glam ballad than the power pop, bubble metal hits of the other three.

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But, what I have learned from this compilation is that Sweet’s talent went much more deep than those four hits would have ever let us believe. Let’s just straighten this out right now. Sweet only released a couple of singles that I would consider “bubblegum”. After those first couple of singles, they were releasing some of the finest examples of hard rocking Glam rock. Personally, I have always seemed to have enjoyed Glam rock, because I seem to find its DNA in the music of the late-Seventies and early-Eighties that I loved: punk, power pop, new wave, Glam metal and alternative music. Sweet’s music, while usually rocking as hard as Alice Cooper, T. Rex or the New York Dolls at the time, but you can hold them up next to Sex Pistols, Duran Duran or Quiet Riot without a loss of quality.

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So, let’s raise our glasses to this band called Sweet, or should I say “The Sweet” as our British brethren call the band. I have to say that finding a Sweet album or CD will very much be worth your effort as their great mixture of Bo Diddley beats, hard rock guitars and Queen-like vocal harmonies will bring you hours of listening pleasure. Anyway, there’s nothing like a “Teenage Rampage”.

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

One thought on “Am I Crazy Since I Still Love Sweet?”

  1. The part about both of your sons singing along with songs by Master P, “Baby Got Back” and Blink-182 really struck a chord with me as all three of my children have been music lovers since probably before they were born and as they were growing up would routinely have backseat sing-a-longs. Now that they are all grown up and out on their own, it is always a pleasure to ride with them and hear what they are listening to. My youngest is probably the one most like me in his interests and tastes and it was he who, from the time he could talk, loved to belt out….. Sweet’s “Little Willy”!

    The Frankensteined US version of the band’s Desolation Boulevard was my first Sweet album, at the tender age of 9. It was under our tree on Christmas Morning 1975 and remains one of (if not) the thickest vinyl albums I have from back in the day. I love “Fox On The Run” and “Ballroom Blitz” and still have the 45s. The album track “No You Don’t” (one of five tracks on this album from the band’s second UK album, Sweet Fanny Adams) is a favorite. No one was as excited as I was when Pat Benatar covered it on her debut album four years later delivering, in my opinion, the definitive version of the classic Chinnichap song.

    Though singer Brian Connolly and drummer Mick Tucker have passed, “Sweet” albums continue to be released as both bassist Steve Priest and guitarist Andy Scott continue to tour and record independent of one another, each with their own namesake versions of the band.

    Thank you so much for another stroll down memory lane.


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