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Great Rock Albums of the 70s: The Sweet- Desolation Boulevard

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2011 by 80smetalman

Long before the glam metal antics of Motley Crue and Ratt and even before the make up of KISS, there were the glam rock founders of Alice Cooper, Marc Bolan and of course, The Sweet. Way back in 1973 or early 74, the song “Little Willy” became my first official favourite song. I knew nothing about The Sweet, not even what they looked like, however, one thing I knew was that I liked that song, still do. Not long after, this great album was released and then I knew that The Sweet was one kick ass band, although I probably didn’t use those words back then, I was a good boy. (LOL)

Desolation Boulevard is one of The Sweet’s best known albums and was even included in Wayne’s World’s top ten list along with some great offerings from Aerosmith and Led Zepplin. But for me, I can still see myself skating around the roller rink silently jamming to such great tracks as “The Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox on the Run.” Even then, I knew that this was a killer album.

There are two versions of “Desolation Boulevard,” a US version and a UK version. Being brought up in the US, I am more familiar with the US version and probably would prefer it more because of “The Ballroom Blitz.”

Track Listing (UK)

1. The Six Teens

2. Solid Gold Brass

3. Turn It Down

4. Medusa

5. Lady Starlight

6. The Man With The Golden Arm

7. Fox on the Run

8. Breakdown

 9. My Generation

Track Listing (US)

1. The Ballroom Blitz

2. The Six Teens

3. No You Don’t

4. AC DC

5. I Wanna Be Committed

6. Sweet FA

7. Fox on the Run

8. Set Me Free

9. Into the Night

10. Solid Gold Brass

The Sweet

Brian Conelly- lead vocals

Steve Priest- bass, backing vocals

Andy Scott- guitar, backing vocals

Mick Tucker- drums

The Sweet were one of the kings of early glam metal and with albums like this one, they definitely had the sound to go with the look. I can safely say that they were a major influence on many of the hair and make up bands in the 80s.

Next post: AC/DC- Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

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An Alert

Posted in 1980s, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal and the 1980s, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2011 by 80smetalman

I am temporarily interrupting my posts on Great Rock Albums of the 70s to alert the metal world of an atrocity. On a site called WODS Radio, which has a page here on WordPress, there is a list of Top 40 Music Acts of the 80s. In the list, there is the likes of Michael Jackson, Boy George, Madonna and Wham along with some who were no more than one hit wonders. What is completely lacking in this list is the absence of metal acts. No mention of great metal icons like Ozzy, Twisted Sister, Dio, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Metallica, Judas Priest and I could go on forever here but you get my meaning. In fact, the closest they come to metal is Foreigner, U2 and REO Speedwagon.

The whole reason I wrote “Rock And Roll Children” was to combat the ever growing myth presented by coporate music types that the 80s was all Frankie Goes to Hollywood and that heavy metal was something on the fringe listened to by a few weirdoes. They don’t want to remember that the 1980s was a golden age of heavy metal with all the bands already mentioned and many more. It was the decade that gave us glam metal and of course thrash. The record label Combat Records ruled back then.

You may be asking yourself, “Why should I care about if they misportray the 80s?” My answer to that is that it is your metal history that is being erased. Therefore, this is what we should do:

1. Go on the WODS Radio page and comment on this standing up for metal.

2. I admit that I’m being shameless here, but go out and purchase a copy of Rock And Roll Children using the link below. This way you will have physical proof that the 80s was a golden age of heavy metal.

Thank you and keep the metal faith.

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Next post will still be The Sweet- Desolation Boulevard