Just thought I'd mention, on tonight's 'Top of The Pops 1978' (BBC 4, 7:30 pm) are The Sweet with this track (if presented by Tony Blackburn). They're about 3rd on, their previous appearence 2 weeks before got cancelled due to a certain DJ presenting (ridiculous), though it does get repeated in 2 weeks time... should it be shown, with I think, their last ever appearence on TOTP.
The Judge, are you from Wrexham? Guess what? So am I. I knew in the early 1970's that Andy Scott was from Wrexham, and apparently he came back to visit someone in 1974. I have an aunt who used to work in the cafe inside the old market (demolished 1990), and when she came to visit us she told us she's served Andy Scott. My sister and I were both into the Sweet then, so we thought this was something really great.
Why did Polydor start the POSP sequence? I could never see the point, especially when they usually had a conventional Polydor number in brackets after the POSP number. Curiously, this one has the number 2001 757 on the B-side only. The previous number, 2001 756, was a Roxy Music one which didn't have a POSP number, although their subsequent singles did. Personally, I thought the POSP sequence was a waste of time, they should have stuck with the normal numbers like 2001 757.
Meanwhile, Love Is Like Oxygen is a good song and it was good to see the Sweet back in the Top 20 after two and a half years. Their return to glory was short-lived, and they didn't get another hit after this one.
Once again, they should have saved the excellent B-side, Cover Girl, for a follow-up A-side. Too many artists let their best songs slip out as B-sides and then they wonder why they run out of hits so quickly.
and I saw him in 1988 in Holstebro. The singing was embarrassing! Brian C couldn´t sing the most of the songs forgetting large chunks of lyrics and stood planted against his mike stand looking lost.
I was part of this concert booking and sat in with crew and band after the show. BC hands were shaking so heavy that he had trouble writing autographs and drinking his coffee.
The real treat for me was later in the evening. Originally the concert was scheduled to our local residence Kielgasten, but the size di´n´t meet the contract, so at the last moment it was transferred to an open air gig nearby. I showed the band where they were supposed to have played. I turned on the PA and the band incl. Brian Connolly took the stage with me at the controls, turning into it all to a blues night doing blues covers.
I saw Brian's "New Sweet" supporting Pat Benatar in 82 on her "Get Nervous" Tour (Chinni-Chap connection?) and they were very, very good. They only did latter-day Sweet material though..I think "Fox On The Run" was the oldest hit they performed.
Indeed classic rock! The group´s trouble was biggest part that singer Brian Connolly was heavy into drinking already. A promotion concert in the US turned everything sour. As bassist Steve Priest recalled: Everybody in the business was there. We played at 45 rpm, but Brian was at 33 rpm.
After the 1978 tour of album Level headed the band tried a few demos with Connolly, but to no vain and the band fired him.
The Sweet made a couple of albums as a trio and disbanded in 1981. Connolly made 2 solo 45s
Later Andy Scott toured with a Sweet, Brian Connolly had The New Sweet and now Steve Priest has his version also.
Regarding Chinnychap. Most bands on the chinnychap hit wagon turned their back on the duo around 1975 - Mud, Quatro and The Sweet etc.(Quatro came back 1978. Smokie came onboard as the others left) I haven´t heard real the reasons behind this, but Sweet mentions they wanted a harder rock sound. Maybe there was to many bad vibes connected with teenybopping Glamhits of Chinnychap?
Personally I don´t think I would like to hear Sweet singing "Come on, baby. Lay your love on me" or "Stumblin´ in"
Love this song, came out of the blue in '78 a long time after their hits but it's a marvellously crafted single which I thought would re-start another phase in their career in an AOR style. If they'd been given some of the Chinn-Chapman stuff Smokie or Pat Benatar was given around this time I'm sure we could have seen a hit-making Sweet around for a lot longer.