The 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 also achieved success and popularity in the United States with the the top ten hits Little Willy, The Ballroom Blitz", and Fox on the Run.

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.

From the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times. Connolly died in 1997 and Tucker 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 RatingReleases
1971 Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be The Sweet 3
1974 Sweet Fanny Adams The Sweet 5 4
1974 Desolation Boulevard The Sweet 4 7
1975 Strung Up The Sweet 2
1976 Give Us a Wink The Sweet 5
1977 Off the Record The Sweet 4
1977 Level Headed The Sweet 4
1979 Cut Above the Rest The Sweet 3
1992 Identity Crisis The Sweet 2
1992 Waters Edge The Sweet 2
1994 The Outtakes The Sweet 1
1996 Hellraisers The Sweet 1
1999 Teenage Rampage The Sweet 1
2002 Sweetlife The Sweet 1
2011 The Sweet & The Pipkins The Sweet & The Pipkins 1
2012 New York Connection The Sweet 1
The Sweet The Sweet 1
The Sweet (feat. Brian Conolly) The Sweet 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Biggest Hits The Sweet 2
1973 The Sweet The Sweet 2
1975 Sweet Singles Album The Sweet 1
1977 The Golden Greats The Sweet 1
1984 Sweet 16: It's It's.... Sweet's Hits The Sweet 2
1987 Hard Centres: The Rock Years The Sweet 1
1988 Starke Zeiten The Sweet 1
1989 The Collection The Sweet 1
1989 Blockbusters The Sweet 1
1990 Castle Masters Collection: The Sweet The Sweet 1
1992 The Ballroom Blitz & More Sweet Hits The Sweet 1
1992 The Best of Sweet The Sweet 1
1993 The Best of Sweet The Sweet 1
1993 Gold: 20 Super Hits The Sweet 1
1993 Live for Today The Sweet 1
1993 Love Is Like Oxygen: The Single Collection 1978-1982 The Sweet 2
1995 Greatest Hits The Sweet feat. Andy Scott 1
1995 Ballroom Hitz: The Very Best of Sweet The Sweet 1
1995 Platinum Rare The Sweet 1
1995 The Legend Lives On, Volume 1 The Sweet 1
1995 The Legend Lives On, Volume 2 The Sweet 1
1995 The Legend Lives On, Volume 3 The Sweet 1
1995 The Private Collection The Sweet 1
1995 The Sweet Collection The Sweet 1
1996 Hit Singles A & B Sides The Sweet 1
1996 Action The Sweet 1
1996 Solid Gold Action: 15 Alternative Mixes The Sweet 1
1996 The Best of Sweet The Sweet 1
1997 Let's Go! The Sweet 1
1997 The Best of Sweet The Sweet 1
1997 The Best of Sweet The Sweet 1
1998 Greatest Hits The Sweet 1

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