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Friday, September 9, 2011

"The Ballroom Blitz"

The Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz (1973)

That rolling drum line into the call out to the rest of the band is so iconic. This song just makes you want to rush the dance floor and do something stupid. The book points out that it is the bass player doing vocal work on the high pitched bridge section:
"... she thinks she's the passionate one!" Such a glam band.

The actual lead vocals are so subdued in comparison to the part that most people remember. The guitars are almost an afterthought in comparison to the vocals, but the short solos are nice, and the tight hard chords added to the rolling drums help the number actually sounds like a fight. The bass rings out during the whole song, as does the bass drum. It makes a nice contrast to the tight snare and guitar chords.

I have always liked this song, but I have also always thought of it as a cut track from Rocky Horror. Not that I actually thought that it was from the movie, just that it could have been.

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