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Desolation Boulevard

Sweet

℗ 1974 RCA Victor Records LPL1 5080

℗ 1974 Capitol Records ST 11395

Sweet  1974  Desolation Boulevard

SWEET hit the peak of their powers on Desolation Boulevard, a wonderfully lightweight collection of fizzy melodies and big, dumb hooks. Essentially, the album consists of three dynamic singles buoyed by a bunch of filler, but those singles Ballroom Blitz, The 6-Teens and Fox on the Run are addictive slices of bubblegum glam rock. And the filler is ridiculously silly and enjoyable, with Sweet F.A., I Wanna Be Committed and No You Don't sounding like a kind of bizarre prototype for the Ramones' punky bubblegum (only without the irony, of course). Although the filler is relatively strong, there are a number of weak patches on Desolation Boulevard, but it remains an intoxicatingly fun record and one that sounds surprisingly fresh, even with all of its kitschy '70s production techniques. Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

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The Six Teens

(Chinn Chapman)

Where were you in sixty-eight
In sixty-eight Julie was Johnnie's date
Two kids growin' together
Livin' each day as if time was slippin' away
Oh, they were just sixteen
And their love a teenage dream
They passed the time, they crossed the line
The line that ran between
Julie and Johnnie now you've made it

But life goes on, you know it ain't easy
You've just gotta be strong
If you're one of the sixteens
And life goes on, you know, you know it ain't easy
You know you'll never go wrong
'Cause you're all part of the sixteens

Suzie and Davey got to make the big time
Maybe they can put it all together
In a show that lasts forever
Oh they would walk the strip at nights
And dream they saw their name in lights
On Desolation boulevard
They'll light the faded light
Suzie and Davey you can make it

But life goes on, you know it ain't easy
You've just gotta be strong
If you're one of the sixteens
And life goes on, you know, you know it ain't easy
You know you'll never go wrong
'Cause you're all part of the sixteens

So where were you in sixty-eight
When Bobby and Billy thought
That sixty eight was out of date
They took the flowers from their hair
And tried to make us all aware
Too bad, too late
So they lived from day to day
And tried to do it all their way
But sixty-eight was sixty-eight
No matter what they say
Bobby and Billy maybe you'll make it one day

Solid Gold Brass

(Connolly Priest Scott Tucker)

Heart of a woman
But she's a child
Something inside that's gonna drive you wild
You, you go take a walk
I don't need that kind of talk
'Cause I'm a man not a mother

Solid gold brass got a mean streak
And it's running through my veins
Solid gold brass gotta green streak
And it's going to my brain
But she helps me hang on in there
Solid gold brass

Stars in her eyes
She'd playin' her game
Smooth words and T birds
Her only claim to fame
Hey, just watch what you say
Don't talk about her that way
You know I said I'm a man not a mother

Solid gold brass got a mean streak
And it's running through my veins
Solid gold brass gotta green streak
And it's going to my brain
And she helps me hang on in there

Solid gold brass got a mean streak
And it's running through my veins
Solid gold brass gotta green streak
And it's going to my brain
And she helps me hang on in there
Solid gold brass

Heart of a woman
But she's a child
Something inside that's gonna drive you wild

Solid gold brass got a mean streak
And it's running through my veins
Solid gold brass gotta green streak
And it's going to my brain

Solid gold brass got a mean streak...

Turn It Down

(Chinn Chapman)

So your old man went and called you a degenerate bum
And you stood there crackin' on your cinnamon gun
And your Ma was knockin' at your sister's brains
And you couldn't help thinkin' what she hoped to gain
Just then that freak walked in the door
And knocked me to the floor
You said, hey man, you're on some kind of trip
He said, don't give me no lip

Just turn it down, come on turn it down
I can't take no more of that God awful sound
So for God's sake turn it down

Now the suspicious minds of your learned friends
Will eat away at your kind 'til the music ends
And the creep that taught you everything you know
Will hypocritically ask you what the hell you know
He'll go out and mess around, then go home without a sound
You said, hey man, you're some kinda monk
He said, listen here you punk

Just turn it down, come on turn it down
I can't take no more of that God awful sound
So for God's sake turn it down

Turn it down, just turn it down
Come on turn it down, I said turn it down
Come on turn it down, just turn it down
I can't take no more of that God awful sound
So for God's sake turn it down

Medusa

(Scott)

I am looking down
On Athene's claims of fake
I am looking down
Turn my golden hair to snakes

Yes, are you coming to see me
Can you see me now
Yes, are you coming to see me
Look at me now

Oh, let my myth surround the twilight zone
Those who gaze upon me turn to stone
Turn away before YOU turn to stone
Medusa, Medusa

Shining like a star
Through Minerva's mirrored shield
Flashing like a star
Saw the sword my fate was sealed

Yes, are you coming to see me
Can you see me now
Yes, are you coming to see me
Look at me now

Oh, take my head the horror's just begun
Snakes alive my gaze will make you stone
Turn away before YOU turn to stone
Medusa, Medusa

Yes - yes, are you coming to see me
Can you see me now
Yes, are you coming to see me
Look at me now

Oh, take my head the horror's just begun
Snakes alive my gaze will make you stone
Turn away before YOU turn to stone
Medusa

Lady Starlight

(Scott)

Looking for starlight
The lady made it allright
She was the lady
And I knew right from the start
Sweet lady starlight
Come on and make it tonight
You turn it on so easy
And the lady is my lady starlight

Sing the song should be sung
And love can be the voice
The tears in my eyes
I'm crying tears of joy
When you say I'm your boy

Looking for starlight
The lady made it allright
She was the lady
And I knew right from the start
Sweet lady starlight
Come on and make it tonight
You turn it on so easy
And the lady is my lady starlight

Time slips right on away
But why should I care
What people say
I will watch over lady starlight
Looking for starlight

Dance she dances a valley
And Rudi is the king
I laugh when she's happy
The power's in my hands
And I must be a man

Looking for starlight
The lady made it allright
She was the lady
And I knew right from the start
Sweet lady starlight
Come on and make it tonight
You turn it on so easy
And the lady is my lady starlight
Looking for starlight

Man with the Golden Arm

(Bernstein Fine Tucker)

Watch that man with the golden arm
Watch that man with the golden arm

Fox on the Run

(Connolly Priest Scott Tucker)

I - don't wanna know your name
'Cause you don't look the same
The way you did before
O.K. - you think you got a pretty face
But the rest of you is out of place
You looked allright before

Fox on the run
You scream and everybody comes a running
Take a run and hide yourself away
Foxy is on the run
F - foxy
Fox on the run
And hide away

You - you talk about just every band
But the names you drop are second hand
I've heard it all before
I - don't wanna know your name
'Cause you don't look the same
The way you did before

Fox on the run
You scream and everybody comes a running
Take a run and hide yourself away
Foxy is on the run
F - foxy
Fox on the run
And hide away

F - foxy
Fox on the run
You scream and everybody comes a running
Take a run and hide yourself away
Foxy is on the run
F - foxy
Fox on the run
And hide away
Fox on the run
Fox on the run
Fox on the run
Fox on the run...

Breakdown

(Connolly Priest Scott Tucker)

Yesterday I flew straight into tomorrow
Today I'm gonna lose
The ups and the downs
And the seeds that they sow

Blowin' hot and cold
Must be getting old
Everybody knows,
The cubes that you knock back
Won't reincarnate
You are trapped it's your fate
Very soon it's too late
So you give up and

Break down, stay down
Break down, low down
Break down, stay down
Stay down, break down

Head is playin' tricks
Colours are appearin'
But black and white don't mix
With stories I'm hearing
They're bringing me down

If you don't help me soon
I think I'm going crazy
I just broke up the room
Give me a piece of the
World that I know
Where the seeds that I sow
Are the minds that I blow
So I give up and

Break down, stay down
Break down, low down
Break down, stay down
Stay down, break down

My Generation

(Townshend)

People try to put us down
(Talking 'bout my generation)
Just because we get around
(Talking 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful cold
(Talking 'bout my generation)
Hope I die before I get old
(Talking 'bout my generation)

My generation, my generation, baby

Why don't you all fade away
(Talking 'bout my generation)
Don't try to dig what we all say
(Talking 'bout my generation)

I'm not trying to cause a big sensation
(Talking 'bout my generation)
I can talking about my generation
(Talking 'bout my generation)

My generation, my generation, baby

Why don't you all fade away
(Talking 'bout my generation)
Don't try to dig what we all say
(Talking 'bout my generation)

I'm not trying to cause a big sensation
(Talking 'bout my generation)
I can talking about my generation
(Talking 'bout my generation)

My generation, my generation, baby

People try to put us down
(Talking 'bout my generation)
Just because we get around
(Talking 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful cold
(Talking 'bout my generation)
Hope I die before I get old
(Talking 'bout my generation)

My generation, my generation, baby