Sweet Fanny Adams (album)

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Sweet Fanny Adams
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1974
StudioAudio International Studios, London; Advision Studios, London
GenreGlam rock, hard rock, heavy metal
ProducerPhil Wainman
The Sweet chronology
The Sweet
Sweet Fanny Adams
Desolation Boulevard
Singles from Sweet Fanny Adams
  1. "Peppermint Twist"
    Released: 1974 (Australia only)

Sweet Fanny Adams is the second album by Sweet, their first of two released in 1974, and also their first album simply as Sweet. The album was a turning point and change in the band's sound. It featured more of a hard rock sound than their previous pop records.

The album title is English (originally Royal Navy) slang originating from the murder of eight-year-old Fanny Adams in 1867 and means "nothing at all" as well as a similar euphemism "F.A." = "fuck all".

Sweet Fanny Adams reached No. 27 on the UK Albums Chart in the year of its release by RCA Records in 1974 and No. 2 in the albums chart of West Germany. It was not released in the US, but five of its tracks appeared on the US version of the album Desolation Boulevard released in July 1975.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Andy Scott and Mick Tucker except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Set Me Free" (Scott) – 3:57
  2. "Heartbreak Today" – 5:02
  3. "No You Don't" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) – 4:35
  4. "Rebel Rouser" – 3:25
  5. "Peppermint Twist" (Joey Dee, Henry Glover) – 3:29
Side two
  1. "Sweet F.A." – 6:15
  2. "Restless" – 4:29
  3. "Into the Night" (Scott) – 4:26
  4. "AC-DC" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:29

Bonus tracks on 1997 reissue[edit]

  1. "The Ballroom Blitz" (Chapman, Chinn) – 4:03
  2. "Teenage Rampage" - 3:34

Bonus tracks on 1999 reissue[edit]

  1. "Burn on the Flame" – 3:37
  2. "Own Up, Take a Look at Yourself" (Priest, Scott, Tucker) – 3:57

Bonus tracks on 2005 reissue[edit]

  1. "Block Buster!" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:12
  2. "Need a Lot of Lovin'" – 3:00
  3. "Hell Raiser" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:26
  4. "Burning" – 4:04
  5. "The Ballroom Blitz" (Chapman, Chinn) – 3:56
  6. "Rock 'n' Roll Disgrace" – 3.50

Songs covered by other artists[edit]

"Set Me Free" was covered by NWOBHM band Saxon on their 1984 album Crusader, American thrash metal band Heathen on their 1987 debut album Breaking the Silence, Seattle punk rockers Fastbacks on their 1987 debut album ...And His Orchestra, Mötley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil on his 1993 solo debut Exposed, Eric Singer Project on the 1998 album Lost and Spaced, and Christian metal act Stryper on 2011's The Covering. "No You Don't" was covered by Pat Benatar on her 1979 debut album In the Heat of the Night. "AC-DC" was covered by Joan Jett on her 2006 album Sinner as the title "A.C.D.C.",[2] as well as by Vince Neil on his 2010 album Tattoos & Tequila as "AC/DC".[3][4]


The late 1980s Indiana-based glam metal band Sweet F.A., which released a pair of major labels albums in 1989 and 1991, respectively, named themselves after the Sweet song. English rock group Love and Rockets titled their 1996 album Sweet F.A..



  1. ^ Sweet Fanny Adams at AllMusic
  2. ^ Prono, Luca (27 November 2018). "Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture". ABC-CLIO. Retrieved 27 November 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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