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"
Released March 1975 (1975-03)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1975
Genre Glam rock[1], power pop[2]
Length 3:24
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Andy Scott, Mick Tucker
Producer(s) Sweet
Sweet singles chronology
"Peppermint Twist"
"Fox on the Run"
"Peppermint Twist"
"Fox on the Run"

"Fox on the Run" is a song by the British band Sweet, first recorded in 1974. It was Sweet's first single that was written by the band, rather than producers Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, and was their 14th single overall. The lyrics of the song are about groupies;[3] "fox" being slang for an attractive woman.

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 appears in numerous films, including Dazed And Confused, Detroit Rock City, When in Rome, Catch .44, 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.[4][5]

Chart performance[edit]

Scorpions version[edit]

"Fuchs geh' voran"
Single by Scorpions
Released 1975
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:17
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 (Kiss), Make-Up, Touch of Joy, Fenders, The Sirens, Lolas, Sha-Boom, 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. ^ Talevski, Nick (2010). Rock Obituaries - Knocking On Heaven's Door. Omnibus Press. p. 97. ISBN 9780857121172. 
  2. ^ "Power Pop It Ain't". MTV News. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fox On The Run by Sweet Songfacts". 
  4. ^ "Sweet's "Fox on the Run" Tops iTunes Rock Chart Thanks to "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" Trailer - Music News - ABC News Radio". 
  5. ^ Shepard, Jack (April 19, 2017). "Tracklist for Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mixtape Vol. 2 revealed". The Independent. Retrieved August 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1975-08-18. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  7. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  8. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1975 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1975-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Britain's best selling records of '75". Record Mirror. London: Billboard. January 10, 1976. p. 12. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Singles". Billboard. 88 (52). 25 December 1976. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  13. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1976". Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 

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