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The Ballroom Blitz

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Format
  
7" single

Genre
  
Glam rock

Recorded
  
1973

Length
  
4:06

B-side
  
"Rock and Roll Disgrace" (RCA) "Restless" (Capitol)

Released
  
September 1973 (1973-09) (Europe) July 1975 (1975-07) (US)

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

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Background

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

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.

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.

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

Cover versions

The first known cover of "Ballroom Blitz" was by the Les Humphries Singers in 1975, which was the first German single to reach #1 in New Zealand. 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. Another notable cover was by Swiss heavy metal band Krokus, which was released on their album The Blitz in 1984. 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.

  • The song was played in the 1992 film Wayne's World.
  • The lyrics "she thinks she's the passionate one" from the song are dubbed into the Beastie Boys song "Hey Ladies".
  • The song was featured in the trailer for the 1997 movie Home Alone 3.
  • The song appears in the 2005 Italian movie Romanzo Criminale.
  • The song was heavily featured in promotional material for the 2016 movie Suicide Squad.
  • Since June 2016, the song has been used in public information films on the subject of smart meters surrounding gas and electricity use.
  • A cover version by WaveGroup Sound is used in the Rock Band video game.
  • The song appears in the 2003 film Daddy Day Care.
  • The song is used in an episode of the cartoon The Regular Show (Season 4, episode 10) entitled "T.G.I. Tuesday" first airing on January 7, 2013.
  • Personnel

  • Brian Connolly – lead vocals
  • Steve Priest – bass guitar, backing vocals, spoken lead vocals
  • Andy Scott – guitar, backing vocals
  • Mick Tucker – drums, backing vocals
  • References

    The Ballroom Blitz Wikipedia


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