The Sweet – Blockbuster!

Another song that I first heard on the show Life On Mars.

This song peaked at #1 in the UK and #73 in the Billboard 100 in 1973.

When I first heard it…I thought it had the same riff as David Bowie’s Jean Genie. The songs were recorded at roughly the same time and both Bowie and the Sweet agreed it was a coincidence. Both songs are takeoffs on a Muddy Waters riff.

Guitarist Andy Scott after being played Jean Genie : “We sat there with horrified looks on our faces. The guy asked what was wrong, and we said ‘That’s the same f—ing guitar riff as Blockbuster” He said, ‘Well, it’s quite similar isn’t it?’ ‘It’s the f—ing same!’

“I got on the blower to Nicky Chinn and said, ‘We can’t release this.’ He said, ‘Don’t worry, they’re completely different kinds of records and I predict this will be a number one.’ I thought, ‘Good luck with that.’ But he was proved right. A few weeks later, we were at number one and Bowie was at number two.”

From Songfacts

In December 1973, David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” peaked at #2 in the UK charts. The following month, this song went one better going all the way to #1. Both songs used the same Yardbirds riff from Bo Diddley’s “I’m A Man.”

This proved to be The Sweet’s only British #1, and it stayed at the top for five weeks. Their next three releases stalled at #2: “Hell Raiser,” “Ballroom Blitz” and “Teenage Rampage.”

This song featured an air-raid siren over a decade before one was used on Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Two Tribes.”

This was used in the 2000 film Gangster #1.

The team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn wrote this song. Chinn said in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, “Every part of a song is important and how you get into it is especially important. You have to catch the public’s attention the second that the record comes on. Look at Blockbuster with its siren. You catch the attention immediately.”

Blockbuster!

Ahh ahhh, ahh ahhh
You better beware, you better take care
You better watch out if you’ve got long black hair
He’ll come from behind, you’ll go out of your mind
You better not go, you never know what you’ll find
Ahh ahh, ahh ahhh

Can’t look into his eyes, you’ll be surprised
If don’t know what going on behind his disguse
Nobody knows where buster goes
He’ll steal your woman out from under your nose

Does anyone know the way, did we hear someone say
(We just haven’t got a clue what to do)
Does anyone know the way, there’s got to be a way
To blockbuster

The cops are out, they’re running about
Don’t know if they’ll ever be able to blockbuster out
He’s gotta be caught, he’s gotta be taught
‘Cause he is more evil then anyone here ever thought

Does anybody know the way, did we hear someone say
(We just haven’t got a aho)
Does anybody know the way, there’s got to be a way
To blockbuster

Does anybody know the way, did we hear someone say
(We just haven’t got a clue what to do)
Does anybody know the way, there’s got to be a way
To blockbuster

Ahh ahh, ahh ahh
Ahh ahh, ahh ahh

Buster buster blockbuster
Buster buster blockbuster
Buster buster blockbuster
Buster buster blockbuster

Buster buster blockbuster
Buster buster blockbuster
Buster buster blockbuster
Buster buster blockbuster

Buster buster blockbuster
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Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

13 thoughts on “The Sweet – Blockbuster!”

      1. We all share the great shows and music…thats what it’s all about. We traded…Hans reccommended The Wire, Sopranos, and Breaking Bad… they were great. Bailey was thrilled I joined the 21st century lol.

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      2. No I haven’t seen that yet… American or the British version.

        The Wire more than the other ones…you really have to pay attention especially at first. It moves on with a lot of characters…It is very well written.

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  1. Decent song, sure does sound a lot like “Jean Genie” though in its base. Funny how it was #1 over there but didn’t do a thing over here when others of theirs like “Ballroom Blitz” did so well.

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