Fox on the Run (Sweet song)

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"Fox on the Run"
Fox on the Run single cover.jpg
Single by Sweet
from the album Desolation Boulevard
B-side"Miss Demeanor"
ReleasedMarch 1975 (1975-03)
Format7-inch single
LabelRCA Victor
Sweet singles chronology
"Peppermint Twist"
"Fox on the Run"

"Fox on the Run" is a song by the British band Sweet, first recorded in 1974. It was the first Sweet single written by the band, rather than producers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, and was their 14th single overall. "Fox" being slang for an attractive woman, the lyrics are apparently about one of the band's groupies;[4] Bomp! called the song "a definitive hard-rock bubblegum record" and "one of the last glitter classics".[3]

Two versions were recorded by Sweet. The original version was produced by Mike Chapman in association with Nicky Chinn on the European version of the 1974 album Desolation Boulevard. Sweet also recorded and produced a more pop-oriented version as a 7" single in 1975, which is the more familiar version of the song. The 1975 single version was included on the Capitol Records version of Desolation Boulevard.

The song fared extremely well on the Australian charts, clocking up six weeks at number one, between August and September 1975. It went on to become the best charting single for that year in Australia. [5]

The song appears in numerous films, including Dazed And Confused, Detroit Rock City, When in Rome, Catch .44, Lords of Dogtown and The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Its inclusion in the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 led to the song reaching number one on the iTunes Rock Chart in late 2016.[6][7]

Chart performance[edit]

Scorpions version[edit]

"Fuchs geh' voran"
Single by Scorpions
Format7" vinyl
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Brian Connolly, Steve Priest
Andy Scott, Mick Tucker

"Fuchs geh' voran" is a German cover version of the song with lyrics about a literal fox being chased by hunters to sell its fur. It was released as a single in 1975 by the German rock band Scorpions as The Hunters. The B-side also features a German cover version of another Sweet song, "Action", as "Wenn es richtig losgeht".

Other covers[edit]

Many artists and groups have covered this song, including The Regrettes (for the AV Undercover series) Eric Singer, Girlschool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, You Am I, Mad Max, Deadsy, Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13, Ace Frehley, Make-Up, The Academy Is..., Sweet Savage, and Nip Drivers for the Desperate Teenage Lovedolls soundtrack. A 1986 recording by The Replacements is featured on the 2017 live album For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Desolation Boulevard - Sweet | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ Cantwell, David (4 November 1998). "Power Pop It Ain't". MTV News. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b Barnes, Ken (March 1978). "The Glitter Era: Teenage Rampage". Bomp!. Retrieved 25 January 2019 – via Rock's Backpages.
  4. ^ "Fox On The Run by Sweet". Songfacts.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  6. ^ "Sweet's "Fox on the Run" Tops iTunes Rock Chart Thanks to "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" Trailer". ABC News Radio. 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ Shepard, Jack (April 19, 2017). "Tracklist for Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2 revealed". The Independent. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Singles 1975". Dutch Charts Annual Reviews.
  9. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". The Official New Zealand Music Chart. 18 August 1975. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  11. ^ "The Sweet - Fox On The Run". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  12. ^ "UK Official Charts". Official Charts Company. 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  13. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. 1991. ISBN 0-89820-089-X.
  14. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Australian Chart Book. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1975". (in Dutch). Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1975". The Official New Zealand Music Chart. 31 December 1975. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1975". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 8, 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Britain's best selling records of '75". Record Mirror. London: Billboard. 10 January 1976. p. 12. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Singles". Billboard. Vol. 88 no. 52. 25 December 1976. ISSN 0006-2510.
  21. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1976". Retrieved 5 June 2016.

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