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Monday, June 4, 2012


The Sweet were one of those bands in the 70's that consistently was able to provide me with joy.

Formed in 1968 out of the British Glam Rock scene they were able to parlay their success onto the American pop charts only by the second half of the 70's other then with Little Willy which had been a big hit earlier.  In the U.K. and in parts of Europe they had a long string of huge hits (in the U.K. alone 13 Top 20 hits in the 70's).
Their 1977 promo only 12" release Funk it Up is quite rare.  It is still a high priced collectible and I'll have to admit that at the time the song passed me by completely.  Not like Fox on the Run which was a 45 I played to death.
Their last hit single Love is Like Oxygen was a classic.  Their harmonizing was outstanding.


jake said...

white guys trying to be james brown lol. This band is great so it's still good though. Thanks for the upload.
Love is like oxygen I love that song.

kosmikino said...

Many thanks Michael for sharing The Sweet track 'Funk It Up' - I never even knew it existed and I have always kept my eyes out for that glam/disco crossover in the seventies, but this one completely escaped me - great to hear it in WAV as well!

I am guessing that it is the same Canadian disco pool who did the all time glam-disco remix to the Bay City Rollers 'Don't Stop The Music' (if anyone is thinking of buying the bootleg compilation CD on Milestones record to get this rare track, don't bother, it's one of the worse recordings imaginable!).

I have always liked the extended mix of Sweet's Love Is Like Oxygen, especially the version with the Fanfare for the Common Man breakdown, for anyone interested here they are: