Song of the day: Sweet – "Love Is Like Oxygen"

May 27, 2013

I’m currently listening to – and writing about – a new album, but it’s taking a lot longer than I had anticipated (I had anticipated it was going to consist of either these three words – “It was good” – or these three words – “It wasn’t good”).

So until the monster post appears, I’ll whack this song up on the blog:

Sweet – “Love Is Like Oxygen (1978) (single version)

Sweet – “Love Is Like Oxygen (1978) (album version)

I don’t know why I hadn’t noticed it before, but now that I’ve had a more recent listen to “Love Is Like Oxygen” (I haven’t heard it in years), it sounds to me like The Alan Parsons Project with backing vocals by the Electric Light Orchestra.


Musical coincidences # 283

August 14, 2012

Regular reader Michael (Hi, Michael!) spotted this one. (Thanks, Michael!)

Peter Cowap – “Crickets” (1970) (excerpt)

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The Sweet – “Poppa Joe” (1972) (excerpt)

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Here are the full versions:

Peter Cowap – “Crickets” (1970)

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The Sweet – “Poppa Joe” (1972)

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Musical coincidences # 268

June 23, 2012

I’ve been listening to a fabulous 5-CD set, Instrumentals Complete, and one of the tracks on it is “Let There Be Drums” by Sandy Nelson. It was released in 1961 (the year I was born), and I don’t ever remember having heard it before (which is understandable I suppose, because I was approximately zero when it was played on the radio).

About two-thirds the way through the song, Sandy plays this beat:

Sandy Nelson – “Let There Be Drums” (1961) (excerpt)

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When I heard that I said to myself, “Hey, I know that beat”:

The Sweet – “The Ballroom Blitz (1973) (excerpt)

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Even if the two beats aren’t that similar, this post gives me an excuse to play you my all-time favourite glam song.

Here are the full versions:

Sandy Nelson – “Let There Be Drums” (1961)

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The Sweet – “The Ballroom Blitz (1973)

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Musical coincidences # 163

December 21, 2011

Yesterday’s coincidence involved 70’s glam kings Sweet. I’m pleased to say that today’s coincidence also involves Sweet, although it’s not musical this time – today it’s purely about the song titles:

Sweet – “I Wanna Be Committed” (1974)

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Ramones – “I Wanna Be Sedated (1978)

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Musical coincidences # 162

December 20, 2011

Admittedly, this is a tiny coincidence – but it gives me an excuse to play you a Sweet song.

Tally Hall – “Turn The Lights Off” (2011) (excerpt)

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Sweet – “Action (1975) (excerpt)

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And here the full versions:

Tally Hall – “Turn The Lights Off” (2011)

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Sweet – “Action (1975)

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Song of the day: The Sweet – "Peppermint Twist"

August 29, 2011

And now for something fun.

I was listening to a new power pop album the other day and not enjoying it much. But it did do one good thing for me – as I was listening to it I suddenly had the urge to play a track I hadn’t heard in years:

The Sweet – “Peppermint Twist (1974)

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And here’s the original:

Joey Dee and the Starliters – “Peppermint Twist (1961)

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Musical coincidences # 104

March 25, 2011

I want to thank Dr. Keats Mr. Fabulous for reminding me of one of the most obvious musical coincidences available to human ears, and one that I had completely forgotten about until Mr. Fabulous reminded me. (Thanks, Mr. F!)

Now to the coincidence. It has been said that this…

Sweet – “Blockbuster (1973) (excerpt)

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…sounds like this…

David Bowie – “The Jean Genie (1973) (excerpt)

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I’d agree with that.

Apparently, all parties involved say that it’s pure coincidence. I’d also agree with that. 1973 was the height of glam, after all, and most glam songs had simple riffs and even simpler footstomping beats. Like those in “The Jean Genie” and “Blockbuster”.

Blockbuster Trivia (and this is extremely trivial): that Sweet song is known nowadays as “Blockbuster”, but it was released in 1973 as “Block Buster!”. However, as it has been listed as “Blockbuster” on pretty much every compilation album it’s appeared on since 1973, it is invariably called “Blockbuster”.

Sweet – “Blockbuster (1973)

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David Bowie – “The Jean Genie (1973)

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Musical coincidences # 24

September 20, 2009

It’s time for some layered vocals…

Here’s a snippet of Electric Light Orchestra‘s “Do Ya” (1977), just before the chorus:

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Add a few more vocal layers, and I reckon you have something a little like this bit in Sweet‘s “Fox On The Run” (1975), just before the chorus:

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Here are the full versions of each song:

Electric Light Orchestra – “Do Ya (1977)

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Sweet – “Fox On The Run (single version) (1975)

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Incidentally, each of those artists have two versions of their songs. “Do Ya,” written by Jeff Lynne, was first recorded in 1971 by the band he was in at the time, The Move, and appeared as the B-side of their 1972 single, “California Man.” It was then recorded by Jeff’s next band, ELO, and appeared on their 1976 album, A New World Word. “Fox On The Run,” on the other hand, was recorded twice by Sweet – it first appeared as a pretty heavy album track on Desolation Boulevard (1974) and was then re-recorded as a more radio-friendly single in 1975.

Here are those earlier versions:

The Move – “Do Ya” (1972)

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Sweet – “Fox On The Run (album version) (1974)

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And speaking of musical coincidences, the verse of “Do Ya” (in its ELO incarnation) reminds me of the chorus of ABBA‘s fabulous “Hey, Hey, Helen” (1975):

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