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The Sweet - Here And Now (2003)

Video: PAL, MPEG-2 at 5 500 Kbps, 720 x 576 (1.333) at 25.000 fps | Audio: AC-3 6ch. at 448 Kbps, PCM 2ch. at 1 536 Kbps
Genre: Rock | Label: TDK | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 19 Aug 2003 | Runtime: 76 min. | 4,10 GB (DVD5)

In some ways, the Sweet epitomized all the tacky hubris and garish silliness of the
early '70s. Fusing bubblegum melodies with crunching, fuzzy guitars, the
band looked a heavy metal band, but were as tame as any pop group. It
was a dichotomy that served them well, as they racked up a number of
hits in both the U.K. and the U.S. Most of those hits were written by
Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, a pair of British songwriters that had a
way with silly, simple, and catchy hooks. Chinn/Chapman and Sweet were
smart enough to latch on to the British glam rock fad, building a safer,
radio-friendly and teen-oriented version of Queen, T. Rex, and Gary
Glitter. By the end of the '70s, the group's time at the top of the
charts had expired but their hit singles lived on not only as cultural
artifacts, but also as the predecessors for the pop-metal of the '80s.
Originally, the Sweet were called the Sweetshop and consisted of Brian
Connolly (vocals), Mick Tucker (vocals, drums), Frank Torpey (guitar),
and Steve Priest (bass). In 1970, the group truncated their name to
Sweet and signed a record contract with Fontana/EMI, releasing four
unsuccessful singles. Following the failure of the four singles, Torpey
left the group and was replaced by Andy Scott. The new lineup of Sweet
signed to RCA Records in 1971, where they were placed under the
direction of songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. Chinn and Chapman
wrote a number of light bubblegum pop songs for the group, the first of
which, "Funny Funny," reached number 13 on the U.K. charts. Following
"Funny Funny," the duo wrote five more Top 40 hits for the group
including "Little Willy" and "Wig-Wam Bam" which were all lightweight
bubblegum numbers loaded with double entendres. During this time, Sweet
were writing their own B-sides and album tracks. All of the group's
compositions were harder than Chinn and Chapman's songs, featuring
crunching hard rock guitars. Consequently, the duo decided to write
tougher songs for the group. "Blockbuster," the first result of Chinn
and Chapman's neo-glam rock approach, was the biggest hit Sweet ever had
in the U.K., reaching number one on the charts in early 1973 and
eventually going platinum. For the next two years, Sweet continued to
chart with Chinn and Chapman compositions, including the Top Ten hits
"Hell Raiser," "Ballroom Blitz," "Teenage Rampage," and "The Six Teens."
By the summer of 1974, the members of Sweet had grown tired of the
control Chinn and Chapman exerted over their career and decided to
record without the duo. The resulting album, Sweet Fanny Adams, reached
number 27 in the U.K., but it yielded no hits. In the spring of 1975,
Sweet had their first self-penned hit with "Fox on the Run," which
reached the Top Ten in both the U.K. and the U.S. "Fox on the Run"
appeared on the collection Desolation Boulevard; in America, it's
release helped "Ballroom Blitz" reach the Top Ten in the summer of 1975.
Strung Up, released in the fall of 1975, continued the group's move
toward album-oriented rock. For the rest of the decade, the group
continued to churn out albums, which were all less successful than their
predecessor. Sweet bounced back into the charts in 1978 with "Love Is
Like Oxygen," but the single proved to be their last gasp; they never
reached the Top Ten again, neither in the U.S. or the U.K.
Connolly left the band after "Love Is Like Oxygen" and the group
replaced him with keyboardist Gary Moberley. The group carried on for
three more years, releasing three more albums that all achieved little
success. After several years of little success or attention, Sweet broke
up in 1982. In the decade following their breakup, Sweet reunited on
various occasions. In 1985, a dance club medley of their hits called
"It's the Sweet Mix" became a British Top 50 hit and, following the
single's success, the group re-formed for a tour that proved to be less
anticipated than expected. Later in the decade, Scott toured as part of
the group Paddy Goes to Holyhead. In 1989, Scott and Tucker re-formed
Sweet to record a live album at London's Marquee Club.

Archiv Footage
01. Action
02. Ballroom Blitz
03. Poppa Joe
04. The Lies In Your Eyes
05. California Nights
06. Give the Lady Some Respect
07. Fountain
08. The Sixteens
09. The Fever of Love
10. Lettres D'Armour
11. Sixties Man
12. Love Is Like OxygenNew Footage
New Footage
01. Blockbuster
02. Wigwam Bam
03. Fox On the Run
04. Co-Co
05. Hellraiser
06. Little Willy
07. Funny Funny
08. The Sixteens
09. Poppa Joe
10. Airheads
11. Never Say Forever
12. Crazy
13. So Far So Good
14. Leap of Faith
15. Everything
16. Do It All Over Again
17. Sweet Life

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