In the mid 60s, the drummer Mick Tucker and vocalist Brian Connolly worked in the group “Wainwright's Gentlemen”, playing soul, rhythm and blues, and psychedelia. They stayed in its ranks until 1968, when they decided to put together their own team “The Sweetshop”. These new partners were the bassist of “The Army” Steve Priest and his friend Tucker, the guitarist Frank Torpey. When it came to making a deal with Fontana Records, it became clear that the name “The Sweetshop” is already occupied, so the title was cut to “The Sweet”. The debut single “Slow Motion” did not get into the charts, which led to the termination of the contracts and dismissal of Torpey.
Things changed when the team found a refuge on the RCA Records. The new owners have identified to help “The Sweet” with such authors as Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who produce hits as something very easy to do. The first sign was the song “Funny Funny” that climbed on the 13th line of the British chart, and settled in the Top 20 of other countries. After it followed other hits like “Co-Co”, “Poppa Joe” “Little Willy”, “Wig Warn Bam”. The single “Block Buster” was made according to the new formula. “The Ballroom Blitz”, “Teenage Rampage”, “The Six Teens” have a bias towards the hard rock. They produced “Sweet Fanny Adams”, which climbed to the 27th position in the charts.
Decline of Popularity
By that time, the team gave up early glamour image. Since 1976, the popularity of “The Sweet” team began to decline. The CD “Off The Record” was sold rather poorly, and the chart's position dropped, so that RCA hastened to part with a losing team. Passing under the roof of Polydor, the team tried to experiment with orchestral sound in the spirit of “ELO” and landed in the Top 10 with a single “Love Is Like Oxygen”. However, it was the last significant achievement of “Sweet”, and the band continued to go downhill. The latest album issued by the ban was “Identity Crises” in 1982.