Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sweet: The Ballroom Blitz



Sweet, the British glam rock band perform “Ballroom Blitz,” which was released as a single in September 1973 in Europe and is found on the album. Desolation Boulevard in Canada and the U.S., which was released in July 1975.

Some background information of the band is found on their site:
Formed in the U.K. in 1968, the original lineup featured vocalist Brian Connolly, bassist/vocalist Steve Priest, drummer Mick Tucker and guitarist Frank Torpey (later replaced by Mick Stewart and, subsequently, by Andy Scott). In 1973, the band produced their first number one hit, Blockbuster, which went on to achieve platinum status. Sweet toured extensively and continued to chart with Chinn and Chapman compositions.
Fans were increasingly attracted to the heavier rock songs written by the group which appeared on the B sides of their singles, and the struggle for creative control ultimately led to a split with Chinn and Chapman. 1975 Fox on the Run (the band first self-penned single) reached the number two spot in the U.K. and top five in the U.S. charts. The Give Us A Wink album, released in 1976 and featuring the top twenty single Action, attained gold status in America and continued the group’s move toward album-oriented rock. Sweet bounced back onto the charts in 1978, scoring another top ten hit in both the U.S. and the U.K with Love Is Like Oxygen. After Brian Connolly’s departure in 1979, Sweet carried on as a three-piece outfit for three more albums before disbanding in 1981.
As for the song’s meaning, it is based on a real-life experience while the band was performing in Kilmarnock, Scotland, says the Scottish site, the Future Museum:
The most infamous event associated with the Palace Theatre occurred in 1973. Chart-topping glam-rockers, ‘The Sweet’, were driven offstage, at the Grand Hall, by a barrage of bottles. Far from harming the band, they wrote the single ‘Ballroom Blitz’ about their experience. The single went on to become their greatest hit and is still a well known track today.
True; I enjoy the song for the energy it generates in my spirit, and for the good memories of dancing to it during my youthful and formative years.

Some persons might wonder how I can like pop music, progressive rock and hard rock while also enjoying classical, opera, klezmer and blues & jazz. I most assuredly and unequivocally do, enjoying both high culture and low culture or no culture—I am not bound by the limits and restrictions of schools of thought or class or tradition or what the critics deem as important or right or essential. This might make me quirky, electric or curious. My preferences and tastes might be more wide than deep. It’s true. I enjoy so many types and kinds of music for what it does to me, which is to fill me with emotions and memories, most positive and good.

Some of you probably understand what I am saying. 

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