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"Block Buster!"
Single by Sweet
B-side "Need a Lot of Lovin'"
Released January 1973
Recorded 1972
Genre Glam rock
Length 3:13
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Producer Phil Wainman

"Block Buster!" (later also known in writing "Blockbuster") is a popular song by Sweet. Written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, and produced by Phil Wainman, "Block Buster!" was the band's sole UK #1 hit. Released in January 1973, it spent five weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, and also made #1 in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Ireland, and #3 in Switzerland and Norway. Outside Europe it fared less well as it peaked at #29 in Australia and at #73 on the American Billboard Hot 100.

Music and lyrics

Even though the lyrics refer to a person ("Nobody knows where Buster goes, he'll steal your woman out from under your nose .... there's got to be a way to Block Buster!"), the song features the wailing sound of air raid sirens, alluding to the blockbuster bombs dropped in World War II.

Its riff was considered markedly similar to fellow RCA act David Bowie's "The Jean Genie", released shortly before, but all parties maintain that this was pure coincidence.[1]

Notes

  1. ^ Nicholas Pegg (2000). The Complete David Bowie: p.110
Preceded by
"Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond
UK number one single
January 27, 1973 for five weeks
Succeeded by
"Cum on Feel the Noize" by Slade
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