Sweet (UK glam rock band)

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Sweet (also referred to as The Sweet) were a British rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s as a prominent glam rock act, with their most prolific line-up: lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker.

Sweet were formed in 1968 and achieved their first hit "Funny Funny" in 1971 after teaming up with songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and record producer Phil Wainman. During 1971 and 1972, their musical style followed a marked progression from the Archies-like bubblegum style of "Funny Funny" to a Who-influenced hard rock style supplemented by a striking use of high-pitched backing vocals.

The band achieved notable success in the UK charts, with thirteen Top 20 hits during the 1970s alone, with "Block Buster!" (1973) topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser" (1973), "The Ballroom Blitz" (1973) and "Teenage Rampage" (1974). The band turned to more Hard Rock style with their mid-career singles like 1974's Turn It Down. Their first self-written and produced single "Fox on the Run" (1975) also reached number two on the UK charts. These results were topped in West Germany and other countries on the European mainland, where the band was very popular.

The Sweet had their last Top 10 hit in 1978 with "Love Is Like Oxygen". Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a threesome until disbanding in 1981.

Since the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest have each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times. Connolly died in 1997, and Tucker died in 2002. The two surviving members are still active in their respective versions of the band; Scott's is based in the United Kingdom and Priest's in the United States.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1971 Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be The Sweet 3
1974 Sweet Fanny Adams Sweet 5 4
1974 Desolation Boulevard Sweet 7
1975 Strung Up Sweet 2
1976 Give Us a Wink Sweet 5
1977 Off the Record Sweet 3
1977 Level Headed Sweet 3
1979 Cut Above the Rest Sweet 3
1992 Identity Crisis Sweet 2
1992 Waters Edge Sweet 2
1996 Hellraisers Sweet 1
1999 Teenage Rampage Sweet 1
2001 Level Headed Sweet 1
2002 Sweetlife Sweet 1
2012 New York Connection Sweet 1
The Outtakes Sweet 1
The Sweet Sweet 1
The Sweet (feat. Brian Conolly) Sweet 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 The Sweet Compilation Sweet 1
1973 The Sweet Compilation The Sweet 1
1975 Sweet Singles Album Compilation Sweet 1
1977 The Golden Greats Compilation Sweet 1
1984 Sweet 16: It's It's.... Sweet's Hits Compilation Sweet 2
1988 Starke Zeiten Compilation Sweet 1
1989 The Collection Compilation Sweet 1
1989 Blockbusters Compilation Sweet 1
1990 Castle Master Collection Compilation Sweet 1
1992 The Ballroom Blitz & More Sweet Hits Compilation Sweet 1
1993 The Best of Sweet Compilation Sweet 1
1993 Gold: 20 Super Hits Compilation Sweet 1
1993 Live for Today Compilation Sweet 1
1993 Love Is Like Oxygen: The Single Collection 1978-1982 Compilation Sweet 2
1995 Greatest Hits Compilation The Sweet feat. Andy Scott 1
1995 Ballroom Hitz: The Very Best of Sweet Compilation Sweet 1
1995 Platinum Rare Compilation Sweet 1
1995 The Legend Lives On, Volume 1 Compilation Sweet 1
1995 The Legend Lives On, Volume 2 Compilation Sweet 1
1995 The Legend Lives On, Volume 3 Compilation Sweet 1
1995 The Private Collection Compilation Sweet 1
1995 The Sweet Collection Compilation Sweet 1
1996 Hit Singles A & B Sides Compilation Sweet 1
1996 Action Compilation Sweet 1
1996 Solid Gold Action: 15 Alternative Mixes Compilation Sweet 1
1996 The Best of Sweet Compilation Sweet 1
1997 The Best of Sweet Compilation Sweet 1
1997 The Best of Sweet Compilation Sweet 1
1998 Hard Centres: The Rock Years Compilation Sweet 1
1998 Biggest Hits Compilation Sweet 1
1998 Greatest Hits Compilation Sweet 1
1998 Sweet Originals: The Best 37 Glamrock Songs Ever Compilation Sweet 1

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