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Album: American WomanReleased: 1970Charted:
John Presho, who knew Randy Bachman and worked security for his band Bachman-Turner Overdrive, gave us this account of how the song came together:
"Randy told me that the inspiration for writing 'No Sugar Tonight' came to him from an experience he had walking in downtown Berkeley, California. Randy was walking and talking with a band mate when he looked up and saw four big biker guys walking on the same sidewalk approaching them. Randy made up his mind to cross the street rather than confront the bikers, then he heard the skidding of car tires. Just as Randy was stepping off the sidewalk the car came to a skidding stop and a biker lady got out of the car, walked over to one of the bikers and engaged in a heated conversation with him. When the argument ended the biker lady walked back to the car, opened the door, turned around, then shouted to the biker, 'One more thing honey, you're not getting any sugar tonight' indicating he was not going to get any sex that night from her. The car took off, Randy crossed the street went back to his hotel and started writing the song based on that experience."
This was the last Guess Who hit Randy Bachman
played on. He left due to his Mormon religious beliefs before this became popular, and went on to form Bachman-Turner Overdrive. The band did not tour America when this was a hit there because Bachman left the group. They reunited and toured in 2000, 30 years after this was a hit.
At the same time this was released as a single, it was included as the B-side of The Guess Who's hit "American Woman
On the album, this goes seamlessly into "New Mother Nature." Disc Jockeys usually play them together. Guess Who vocalist Burton Cummings was not finished with "New Mother Nature," and Bachman was not done with "No Sugar Tonight," so they put the 2 songs together to make a complete piece on the album.
In 2001, this was honored by a Canadian music association for getting over 100,000 plays on Canadian radio.