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Ballroom Blitz

by

Sweet



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This was written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who wrote many Glam Rock hits like this one. They also wrote Sweet's "Blockbuster," Suzi Quatro's "Devil Gate Drive" and Tony Basil's "Mickey."
This song was inspired by an incident in 1973 when the band were performing at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock, Scotland and were driven offstage by a barrage of bottles.
In 2000, this was used in La Vie Ne Me Fait Pas Peur, a French movie about a group of girls who don't speak English - the only words they know are "Ballroom Blitz." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 3)
Quentin Tarantino was considering using this song in the ear scene in Reservoir Dogs but went with the Stealers Wheel's "Stuck In The Middle With You" instead. (thanks, Johanna - London, England)
Cassandra's (Tia Carrere's) band covered this in the movie Wayne's World. As Wayne says, they wail. (thanks, Leah - Ottawa, Canada)
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Comments (42):

Appeared in the Regular Show episode TGI Tuesday's.
- Sioraf, Macroon, Ireland
Nuclear Assault has also covered this one, on the album "Out of Order"
- Budoshi, Sandnessjøen, Norway
Hete Pete in Nowra Australia - This is not quite true - The bass player Steve Pries lives in USA and have his own version of Sweet
Andy Scott has the European version (which right now has a great line up and in my opinion the best post "real" Sweet)
I saw A.S. Sween in Denmark back in September 2010 and it was great - this was first time I saw then after I saw 'real" Sweet in Copenhagen back in 1976
As many mention, Sweet was a very underrated band and only bad luck, bad management etc did that they did not end up with the really big guys
By the way, where do you think Queen got their inspirations for their unique vocal arrangments ...
- Ole, Copenhagen, Denmark
Gramma lent me $8 after church to get Desolation
Boulevarde. Big Mistake! I played it until the
grooves were white! Best Album ever. Just listen to the recording of Micks drums on Set Me Free, No You Don't and Into the Night. It will give you chills.
- Andy, san diego, CA
The first concert I ever attended... Before they took the stage a short movie (would have been "R" rated) was projected onto two screens above the stage. Counting down from 10, each number transformed into various body parts and poses of women. (For example, you can guess what an "8" turned sideways turned in to.) The opening song was an extended version of "Ballroom Blitz". In keeping with the theme of the movie, the vocalist changed the lyrics to "she could kill you with a wink of her ****" (female body part). SWEET! Quite an impression was left on a teenage boy...
- Mark, Grand Rapids, MI
When I was in the seventh grade, this was the eight grader's theme song for a Lego Robotics afterschool club I was in.
- Michael, Staten Island, NY
This perfectly helps throw off all concerns and have a good time without a care.I usually hear Ballroom Blitz on Saturday mornings,on my radio.All is just right after a stressful week.
- john, Brisbane, United States
This was only the second single in UK chart history to enter at number two and NOT make number one. The first was The Beatles' song Let It Be.
- Zabadak, London, England
The main guitar hook is exactly the same as the hook in the soul hit Let's Stomp by Bobby Comstock.
- Frank, Philadelphia, PA
Headbangers must check out Krokus' early-80s cover of this tune from the album 'The Blitz'
- baddfingerz, tucson, AZ
The Sweet were/are the greatest rock band of the 70's. I grew up adoring them and I have personally traveled from Australia to Ruislip cemetery in England to pay personal homeage to Brian Connolly's memorial in 2000. This band may be now physically gone but they WILL never be forgotten. If you have any doubts get hold of the album "Desolation Boulevard".
- Michael, adelaide, Azerbaijan
"When you appear there's nothing left of you!"
- Bill, Las Vegas, NV
Very unique, underrated band. Most of the vocals were done by the late Brian Conally, who was up to Freddie Mercury's standards back in the day. The drummer, the late Mick Tucker, also deserves more recognition.
- Mark, Grafton, United States
they put a cover of krokus's cover of this on guitar hero 80's.
- Billy, A Place, AL
Actually, there's a dvd documentary about Sweet out somewhere, and at the end of it, it shows you what they're all doing, apart from the two that are dead, Andy Scott tours with a Sweet Tribute band... and the other surviving member is in a completely different band.
- Daniel, Derby, England
and the man at the back said everyone one attack and it turned into a ballroom blitz classsic classic so is waynes world !
- lee, brigg, England
As a matter of fact playing in a good rock band is the best earthy adventure of them. And The Sweet were the most unbelievable adventure in rock music of the 70s and beyond. And here I have to admit one thing: I have discovered something really precious from all those songs they were recording and/or performing, i.e. Lettres D'Amour De France. Fantastic melody line and even more fantastic harmony sequence. The harmonizing at the end piece makes me lose my mind in admiration. Very impressive!

Vallerius from Moscow
- Vallerius, moscow, Europe
As a matter of fact the Sweet are the icon to very many Russian rock musicians, who really care about traditional rock sound. Not only had the guys that unique sound and style of their own, they also were great song-writers, something which I personally adore in other folks qualities.
This band is a marvel, and the best way to find out this really so, is to get to hear their rendition of someone else's titles, like, for instance, the Ballroom Blitz. The way they performed it became the standard for present day glam rock template.
I worship this band, to this day!
- Vallerius, moscow, Europe
I love this song. When I mention Sweet to most people, they have no idea about the band. I then mention Ballroom Blitz, Little Willy, Love Is Like Oxygen and Fox On The Run and they go, "Oh, I love those songs." Very underrated glam-rock band with some extremely memorable songs.
The extended album cut of Love Is Like Oxygen is my personal favorite, but Ballroom Blitz is a close second.
To be honest, I'm not so sure what either song is about, but they rock!
- David, Youngstown, OH
Sweet is one of the greatest rock bands ever. Andy scott and Steven priest are both still alive. There vocals are amazing and you can tell where queen got there vocals from. Some of there greatest songs were The Six Teens, Lost Angels, California Nights, Solid Gold Brass, Teenage Rampage. The list is endless of great vocals and excellent players. Mike Crater - Rock Critic From Pottstown Pa.
the sweet had 'fox on the run', great song, even if i thought it was called 'hot summer night'

it was used in a wendys (ice cream store for the non australians) to advertise a type of new shake (called the 'blitz')...the lyrics had cheesy replacements like 'and they gave her a wendys blitz...
- MeL, SoutH AustraliA, Australia
This song is very cool. I like the lightning bit.
- VooDooCat, Zimbabwe, United States
Nina Hagen does a great cover in that NH way.
- Cookie, SF, CA
There are numbers of ROCK bands but nothing like the SWEET. Brian´s barbi doll lookalike and their maniac music....we all are on our knees and just listen....
Andreas Uhlbrandt
- andreas, Kotka, Finland
sorry Pete, Steve is still alive and kicking, just check out his latest CD out, check out it!
Brian Connolly was the best singer ever....and WE all consider the SWEET as one of the best ROCK band in this chaotic world.
Andreas Uhlbrandt from FINLAND
- andreas, Kotka, Finland
I actually played air guitar for Sweet on this track.
- Mike, Winnipeg, Canada
this song makes no sense but who cares cos as soon as i hesr it i feel like dancing this song is twice as old as me so that i like it is really odd
- stacey, Nowra, Australia
I think the Misfits covered this song once.
- Jackie, Toronto, Canada
"So what exactly goes on during a ballroom blitz?"

I think of it a sort of pre-mosh pit anthem
- Jeff, Staten Island, NY
Their best song, other hits were Little Willy and Love is Like Oxygen.
- Derek, Brampton, Canada
OMG i love cassandras pipes in waynes world "she wales"
- stefanie, los angels, CA
Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman wrote Little Willy for
Sweet also.
- JULIE, OMAHA, NE
This song is played during the vampire slayings in "Bordello of Blood".
- Adam, Poplar Bluff, MO
Contrary to popular belief, Sweet actually have quite a few songs (Go Amazon their greatest hits) - and a few of them are argeuablly better than Ballroom Blitz.
- Jonathan, Nahant, MA
Great song. However I hate the fact that so many classic tunes are used in tv ads but i guess the artists gotta eat
- frederick, curwensville, PA
Name me a song that has this much kick in it by any of todays manufactured pop stars. Ball Room blitzes
- Joe, Adelaide, Australia
It was in a 2004 super bowl commercial... Like most of those commercials, i dont remember what they were trying to sell
- Rob, Castaic, CA
After being a college rock fan 1981-1986 or so and hating all the songs from my childhood, I rediscovered this back then and it's glam-oriffic.
- Jon, Roeland Park, KS
Covered by Tia Carrera in Wayne's World 1
- Luke, Manchester, England
I heard this song today for the first time and I think it is awesome. One of the best songs I have heard in forever.
- Dylan, St. Charles, MO
stand corrected ,interviewd Andy Scott this morning, Bass player Steve Priest is still alive ,living in the U.S.
- pete, nowra, Australia
The Sweet currently touring Australia, only 1 original memeber left Andy Scott.. the others have gone to the rock n roll heaven.
- pete, nowra, Australia
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