* Prices may differ from that shown
Most people will probably know 'The Sweet' for their glam rock hits like 'Blockbuster' and 'Ballroom Blitz' which have been on endless 70's compilation albums as well as hundreds of episodes of Top of the Pops 2. The Sweet began as a late 60's power pop outfit that transformed into a glam rock band in the early 70's, they consisted if Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Andy Scott, and Mick Tucker.
The Sweet eventually dropped the 'The' from their title and became known simply as 'Sweet'. 'Sweet Fanny Adams' was their first album of 1974 and saw the group trying to break away from their glam image. The album was a much heavier rock album, probably more in the style of The Who and Queen than say, T-Rex. The group also used this album to write their own songs and use high pitched vocal harmonies which really starts to show off how good they possibly could be.
The result is an album that really is heavy-rock with a hint of glam. Many people have derided Sweet for their glam tendencies, but given the chance and by listening to this album you will hear them rock out as hard as say Judas Priest or The Who (who they idolised during this period).
My favourite tracks on the album are the blistering opening song 'Set Me Free' which showcases the band's new style and sound. It's a cracking opening track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Another great song is the boisterous 'No You Don't' (later covered by Pat Benetar). Another hard rocker that really is lyrically clever and employs the word 'bloody' - how rude!
'Into the Night' is also another speed metal / glam rocker whose drumbeat was later nicked by The Beastie Boys. The title track is also a clever song - a play of Sweet F--- All - which has a quite shocking opening line : 'Well it's Friday night / And I need a fight / And if she don't spread / I'm gonna bust her head' . Spousal abuse aside, its a great ballsy tune!
Another quality song is the hilarious 'AC-DC', not named after the band, but of an ex-girlfriend who bats for both teams. 'A.C. D.C. / She's got some other lover as well as me / A.C. D.C. / She's got some other woman as well as me'
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Sweet Fanny Adams. Its a ballsy glam rocker of an album and nothing like the pop album I was expecting. Its got some really heavy songs on it and its no wonder that bands like Def Leppard cite them as a major influence. 'Peppermint Twist' and 'Rebel Rouser' kind of let the album down a little, but I'm willing to let any filler on an album like this go by.
Sweet Fanny Adams is available from amazon.co.uk for £9.47.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Set Me Free
2 Heartbreak Today
3 No You Don't
4 Rebel Rouser
5 Peppermint Twist
6 Sweet FA
8 Into The Night
9 AC DC
10 Burn On The Flame
11 Own Up
12 Take A Look At Yourself