The Ballroom Blitz

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"The Ballroom Blitz"
Cover of the 1973 Germany single
Single by The Sweet
from the album Desolation Boulevard
B-side "Rock and Roll Disgrace" (RCA)
"Restless" (Capitol)
Released September 1973 (1973-09) (Europe)
July 1975 (1975-07) (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre
Length 4:06
Label RCA
Capitol (US)
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Nicky Chinn
  • Mike Chapman
The Sweet singles chronology
"Hell Raiser"
(1973)
"The Ballroom Blitz"
(1973)
"Teenage Rampage"
(1974)
Desolation Boulevard US release track listing
"Ballroom Blitz"
(1)
"The Six Teens"
(2)
Music sample

"The Ballroom Blitz" is a song by the English rock band the Sweet, written and produced by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

Background[edit]

"The Ballroom Blitz" was recorded at Audio International Studio, 18 Rodmartin Street, London.[5][6] The song was produced by songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.[7]

The song appeared on the U.S./Canadian version of Desolation Boulevard but never appeared on a Sweet album in the UK, other than hits compilations.[8]

This song was inspired by an incident on 27 January 1973 when the band was performing at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock, Scotland and were driven offstage by a barrage of bottles.[9]

The initial guitar and drum riff of the song has some similarity to a 1963 song by Bobby Comstock called "Let's Stomp".[10]

Cover versions[edit]

The first known cover of "The Ballroom Blitz" was by The Les Humphries Singers in 1975, which was the first German single to reach #1 in New Zealand.[11] In 1979, the song was covered by The Damned, which featured Lemmy from Motörhead on bass guitar. It was released as a B-side to "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" and featured as a bonus track on their CD reissue of Machine Gun Etiquette.[1][12] Another notable cover was by Swiss heavy metal band Krokus, which was released on their album The Blitz in 1984.[13][14] Other covers include renditions by Christian rock band Calibretto 13 on their album Enter the Danger Brigade in 2000, Tia Carrere on the soundtrack to Wayne's World in 1992, and thrash metal band Nuclear Assault on their 1991 album Out of Order.[15][16]

In late 2015, Toronto's as yet unsigned rock and metal outfit, Motion Device, covered the song on YouTube.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steve Waksman (4 February 2009). This Ain't the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk. University of California Press. p. 327. ISBN 978-0-520-94388-9. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Wayne Coy (2005). Bay City Babylon: The Unbelievable, But True Story of the Bay City Rollers. IGS Entertainment. p. 47. ISBN 978-1-58736-463-1. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Don Breithaupt; Jeff Breithaupt (29 July 2014). Precious and Few: Pop Music of the Early '70s. St. Martin's Press. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-4668-7649-1. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Bruce Pollock (18 March 2014). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. Routledge. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-135-46296-3. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Beat Instrumental & Songwriting & Recording. Beat Publications. 1978. p. 88. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Burns, Phil. "Recorded at Audio International". Philsbook.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Nigel Clements. Prologue: Spud Carrot Begins The First Book in the Adventures of Spud Carrot Series. Lulu.com. p. 387. ISBN 978-1-291-91615-7. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Martin Popoff (15 August 2014). The Big Book of Hair Metal: The Illustrated Oral History of Heavy Metal's Debauched Decade. Voyageur Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-7603-4546-7. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Robert Dimery (5 December 2011). 1001 Songs: You Must Hear Before You Die. Octopus. p. 886. ISBN 978-1-84403-717-9. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Swanson, Dave. "Top 10 Sweet Songs". Ultimateclassicrock.com. Diffuser Network. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  11. ^ The Complete New Zealand Music Charts, 1966-2006: Singles, Albums, DVDs, Compilations. Maurienne House. 1 January 2007. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-877443-00-8. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Lemmy Kilmister (8 June 2012). White Line Fever: Lemmy: The Autobiography. Simon and Schuster. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-4711-1271-3. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Daniel Bukszpan; Ronnie James Dio (2003). The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal. Barnes & Noble Publishing. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-7607-4218-1. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  14. ^ Taylor T. Carlson (14 June 2014). STEELcyclopedia - The Titans of Hard Rock. Lulu.com. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-304-80076-3. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Mark Allan Powell (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Hendrickson Publishers. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-56563-679-8. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  16. ^ Martin Charles Strong; Brendon Griffin (2008). Lights, camera, sound tracks. Canongate. p. 396. ISBN 978-1-84767-003-8. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  17. ^ a b http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=35092
  18. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Sweet – The Ballroom Blitz" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Sweet – The Ballroom Blitz" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Officialcharts.de – The Sweet – The Ballroom Blitz". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Sweet – The Ballroom Blitz" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  22. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Sweet – The Ballroom Blitz". VG-lista. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Sweet – The Ballroom Blitz". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  24. ^ "Archive Chart: 1973-09-22" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  25. ^ Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  26. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1973.shtml
  27. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3183". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  28. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1975". Retrieved 10 October 2015. 

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