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guilty pleasure monday: ballroom blitz (the sweet)
April 14th, 2008 by wrekehavoc

Are you ready, Steve? Aha.
Andy? Yeah! Mick? OK.
Alright, fellas, let’s gooooooooooooooooooooo!

it’s guilty pleasure monday! yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!

recently, BS and i watched in horror as a man butchered sang his way through ballroom blitz, a classic mid-70s single from glam rockers the sweet (and then ultimately just sweet, which is what we all called them back in the day.) (why we were watching don’t forget the lyrics is a whole other question. but we love wayne brady and hope he finds a better outlet soon.) lots of people have covered this one, to be sure — i was surprised to learn that even the buzzcocks did. but on the bright side, it got me thinking about the sweet and all of the great hits we enjoyed back in the 1970s.

of course, sweet never became as huge here in america as they did in the UK, but i loved all of their bizarre hits, like little willy and one of my other faves, fox on the run (with it’s little synthesizer line. you gotta love when synthesizers jump into the world of glam. to me, mod is the ancestor of glam. wonder what would have happened if a very young pete townshend had gotten hold of one of those thangs in 1964…)

but i digress. per usual.

all of these, plus love is like oxygen, always seemed to be playing in the game room of the contemporary hotel at walt disney world. we managed to stop at WDW several times in the mid-late 1970s, as it was on our way to my grandparents’ home in south florida. somehow, my brothers and i always ended up playing pinball or air hockey there, back in the days when parents could actually allow their kids to wander around a hotel without worrying that their kid would be kidnapped by some nasty bastard. i even remember watching the disney movie song of the south, a racially insensitive film, there one evening. back then, people didn’t really think it was much more than the gentle musings of uncle remus, but i don’t think that movie has seen the light of day in at least 20 years, thanks to some nasty stereotyping which even i, a young lady of 9 or 10, could figure out, zip-a-dee-doo-dah not withstanding.

when we were at WDW last december, i saw that the game room has been closed. they’re going to use the space to make some sort of eatery. how sad. but if i ever return there, i will overlook the tired parents getting chicken nuggets for the wired children and instead, i’ll recognize sweet in my head, pounding out:

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
And the man at the back said
Everyone attack and it turned into a ballroom blitz
And the girl in the corner said
Boy, I wanna warn ya, it’ll turn into a ballroom blitz
Ballroom blitz, ballroom blitz, ballroom blitz
Ballroom blitz


3 Responses  
  • Christina writes:
    April 14th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    OOh – now that is a fun ear worm to have for a Monday! Sportsboy and I watched that show this week and actually had a lot of fun with it.

  • CuriousC writes:
    April 14th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Huh. I always thought it was bar-room blitz.

  • grandy writes:
    April 15th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Um…ya got me on this one. I don’t know it. I hate having to admit my ignorance sometimes.


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