Title: Stairway To The Stars

Artist: Sweet

Album: Off The Record

Year Released: 1977

What It Is: Are you familiar with the rest of the Sweet catalog? Well, for the most part, it’s the same. Which means, it’s SWEET! (Hah, hah, little funny there. I said little…)

Riffage / Hookage: It’s got a great intro riff and a great hook, complete with airy harmonies (in a sub-Queen vibe). Well, it IS a Sweet song, and even though it wasn’t that popular (it didn’t chart on either side of the Atlantic, according to my research) it still is a classic bubblegum glam tune.

Cowbell?: I think so. There are snapping fingers, woodblock and I believe a cowbell sneaks in there. Of course, there’s the famous “Sweet triplet fill” that pops up on most of their songs.

Words Of Wisdom: “Girls in your condition

they ain’t in no position

to do the things you’re doing to me

you opened like a flower

you filled my head with power

you boys get avaricious

feeling pretty vicious

so don’t you paint your fingers for me

no no you’ll never get to heaven with me.

Now there may be meaning there, or it just may sound cool on the radio. I’m voting the latter.

Mixology Report: I would put it in places where a good up tempo and fun rock song would fit. It SOUNDS familiar enough that most will think they heard it on the radio (and it was on a few Sweet compliations since it was their final British 45 for RCA.)

For The Good Of The Order: Sweet’s discography was a mess in the 70’s, thanks two Capitol having most of the USA rights. They cherry-picked the RCA British albums, and released them sometimes 18-24 months later (such as “Desolation Boulevard” which saw a US release only after “Ballroom Blitz” was added). The UK version of this record excluded this song (you know, since it was a single…) but in the US this wasn’t the lead single. However, it would have been a perfect follow up to “Blitz” and “Fox On The Run”, I think.

No performance vid or anything, but at least you can HEAR it on You Tube. Yay for that!

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