Strung Upreleased in the fall ofcontinued the group's move toward album-oriented rock. For the rest of the decade, they continued to churn out albums, each of which was less successful than its predecessor. Sweet bounced back into the charts in with "Love Is Like Oxygen," but the single proved to be their last gasp; they never reached the Top Ten again, either in the U.
The group carried on for three more years, releasing three more albums that all achieved little success. After several years of little success or attention, Sweet broke up in In the decade following their breakup, Sweet reunited on various occasions. Ina dance-club medley of their hits called "It's the Sweet Mix" became a British Top 50 success and, following the single's popularity, the group re-formed for a tour that proved to be less anticipated than expected.
Later in the decade, Scott toured as part of the group Paddy Goes to Holyhead. InScott and Tucker re-formed Sweet to record a live album at London's Marquee Club and they planned to go on tour, but Tucker fell ill and had to leave the group. Sweet carried on with Scott as the sole remaining original member, and in released the album A. Over the years that followed, Scott 's Sweet not to be Sweet - Various - Politronics (CD) with a competing Sweet fronted by former bassist Steve Priest played shows with a variety of lead singers and lineups, and in they released the single "Join Sweet - Various - Politronics (CD).
Track Listing. Suck or Run. Dirk Dresselhaus. No Way. Peter M. Grab It. Keni Mok. Fold Twice. Quaker Oats. Matthew Herbert. Ignition Segments. Inelegant Implementations, Pts. Terre Thaemlitz. Things Can Only Get Better. The release of this track marked the end of the formal Chinn-Chapman working relationship and the band stressed it was now fully self-sufficient as writers and producers.
The following single release, " Action " Julypeaked at number 15 in the UK. Now confident in their own songwriting and production abilities, Sweet spent the latter half of in Musicland Studios in MunichGermany, where they recorded the Give Us A Wink album with German sound engineer Reinhold Mackwho later recorded with Electric Light Orchestra and co-produced Queen.
The new album release was held over until so as not to stifle the chart success Desolation Boulevard was enjoying in North America, peaking at number 25 in the US and number 5 in Canada.
Tucker played drums on both tracks. Sweet's first album to be fully produced and written by themselves, Give Us A Winkwas released in March A third single from the album, "4th Of July", Sweet - Various - Politronics (CD) issued in Australia. By this time, Sweet strove to build on their growing popularity in America with a schedule of more than fifty headline concert dates.
Following the end of the US tour, the band went on to Scandinavia and Germany. The band also spent a week at The Who 's Rampart Studio in Battersea demoing material for a new album before abandoning that project and playing eight dates in Japan. Between October and JanuarySweet wrote and recorded new material at Kingsway Recorders and Audio International London studios for their next album.
A new album, Off the Recordwas released in April. The next single from the album, "Fever of Love", represented the band heading in a somewhat more Europop hard rock direction, once again charting in Germany, [4 ] Austria and Sweden, while reaching number 10 in South Africa.
The band did not play any live dates in support of the album and, in fact, did not play a single concert for the whole of Sweet left RCA in and signed a new deal with Polydor though it would not come into force until later in the year. In North American markets, Capitol issued Sweet's albums since and would continue to do so through The first Polydor album, Level Headedfound Sweet experimenting by combining rock and classical sounds " a-la clavesin ", an approach similar to Electric Light Orchestraand featured the single "Love Is Like Oxygen".
The ballad, "Lettres D'Amour", featured a duet between Connolly and emerging singer Stevie Lange who would emerge as lead singer with the group Night in With the addition of session and touring musicians keyboardist Gary Moberley and guitarist Nico Ramsden, Sweet undertook a short European and Scandinavian tour followed by a single British concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 24 February One more single from the album, "California Nights" Mayfeaturing Steve Priest as the lead vocalist, peaked at number 23 on the German charts.
The tour included a disastrous date in Birmingham, Alabamaat which visiting Capitol Records executives in the audience saw Brian Connolly give a drunken and incoherent performance that terminated early in the set with his collapse on stage, leaving the rest of the group to Sweet - Various - Politronics (CD) on without him.
The band returned briefly to Britain before resuming the second leg of their US tour in late May supporting other acts, including Foghat and Alice Cooperfinishing the US tour in early July Brian's alcoholism was steadily becoming a greater issue. As a last-ditch effort, the group organised for Connolly's long-time friend and fellow founding member, Mick Tucker, to go into the studio without Andy Scott as producer. A number of tracks were recorded featuring Connolly on vocals.
However, these efforts were deemed unsatisfactory, and some of the contributions were then erased from the ensuing album. Publicly, Connolly was said to be pursuing a solo career with an interest in recording country rock.
Sweet continued as a trio with Steve Priest and Andy Scott handling lead vocals, with Mick Tucker continuing on drums. Guest keyboard player Gary Moberley continued to augment the group on stage. Tragedy befell Mick Tucker when his wife Pauline drowned in the bath at their home on 26 December One more studio album, Identity Crisiswas recorded during —81 but was only released in West Germany and Mexico.
Sweet undertook a short tour of the UK and performed their last live show at Glasgow University on 20 March Steve Priest then returned to the United States, where he had been living since late When Polydor released Identity Crisis inthe original Sweet had been disbanded for almost a year. The band performed at the Marquee in London, with the shows recorded and gaining release a few years later, bolstered by four new studio tracks including a cover of the Tamla-Motown standard Reach Out I'll Be There.
This line-up also toured Australian and New Zealand pubs and clubs for more than three months in and for Sweet - Various - Politronics (CD) similar period again in Tucker departed after a show in LochauAustria on 5 May in acrimonious circumstances linked to his failing health.
He later was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. They recorded an album during this period, simply titled A. Before the band embarked on the supporting tour, Bodo left and the drum stool was filled by Bruce Bisland ex-Weapon, Wildfire, Praying Mantis. Scott changed the band's name to 'Andy Scott's Sweet' after Tucker's departure, but truncated it to simply 'The Sweet' once again after Tucker's death in Mal McNultynow lead vocalist, departed inthough he would return briefly that year to fill in for Jeff Brown on bass as he would again in as lead singer for a few dates while Rocky Newton subbed on bass.
Sweet's former keyboard men Gary Moberley and Ian Gibbons also did fill-in jaunts with the group that year, as did Chris Goulstone. Chad Brown ex- Lionheart ; no relation to Jeff was the new front man. Glitz Blitz and Hitza new studio album of re-recorded Sweet hits, was released. InMann left and Gibbons came back for a short time before Steve Grant ex- The Animals became the permanent keyboardist. When Chad Brown quit inJeff Brown assumed lead vocals and bass duties.
After this, the band was stable again for the next five years. The mids would bring further shake-ups and rotations. Ian Gibbons came back for a third stint as fill-in keyboardist in June for a gig in the Faroe Islands.
O'Hora decided to split in late Grant jumped from keyboards to lead vocals, and even bass as needed, on dates when the group had no singer Phil Lanzon, then Steve Mann, temporarily returned on keys when Grant was the frontman. Jo Burt was temporary bass player in October and November The group finally landed a new permanent frontman when Peter Lincoln ex- Sailor arrived in July The line-up consisted of Scott, Bisland, Grant, and Lincoln. March saw the U. In the group played in Germany, Belgium, Austria and Italy.
The tour was called 'Sweet Fanny Adams Tour'. In March and AprilScott was absent from a couple of gigs due to ill health, and Martin Mickels stood in.
Scott revealed later that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancerand was treated at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. After a course of treatment and rest, he was back to full touring fitness. In the band played at venues in Europe, and back at Bilston in October. In Marchthe band released a new album New York Connection. Recorded in England, it comprised 11 cover versions, including the single "Join Together", and one revamped original recording; the B-side "New York Connection".
Shows in Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Geelong, Melbourne and Sydney featured tracks from the new album for the first time. InBrian Connolly formed a new version of the Sweet without any of the other original members. His most successful concerts were in West Germany, before and after reunification. DuringConnolly met up again with Frank Torpey.
Torpey later explained in interviews Connolly was trying to get a German recording deal. The two got on very well and Torpey subsequently invited Connolly to go into the recording studio with him, as an informal project. After much trepidation, Connolly turned up and the track "Sharontina" was recorded. This recording would not be released untilappearing on Frank Torpey's album Sweeter.
By Julyplans were made for Connolly and his band to tour Australia in November. During the long flight to Australia, Connolly's health had suffered and he was hospitalised in Adelaide Hospital, allegedly for dehydration and related problems. The rest of the band played a show in Adelaide without him. After being released from the hospital, Connolly joined the other band members in Melbourne for a gig at the Pier Hotel, in Frankston.
After several other shows, including one at the Dingley Powerhouse, Connolly and his band played a final date at Melbourne's Greek Theatre. It was felt Connolly's health was sufficient reason for the tour not to be extended, and some of the planned dates were abandoned.
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