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Give Us a Wink

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Album Review

Building on the momentum caused from the runaway success of Desolation Boulevard, Sweet forged ahead and shoved Give Us a Wink out to satisfy their growing legions of rabid fans. Doing it all without the aid of Chinn & Chapman, they truly held their destiny in their own hands for the very first time. "Action" gave them another Top Ten hit, and along with such other notable cuts as "Cockroach" and "Yesterday's Rain," they proved they had the goods. [Previously reissued in 1999, the album was again reissued in 2005 with the bonus tracks "Action" and 'Munich Mixes' of "Cockroach" and "4th of July."]

Biography

Formed: 1968 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

In some ways, the Sweet epitomized all the tacky hubris and garish silliness of the early '70s. Fusing bubblegum melodies with crunching, fuzzy guitars, the band looked a heavy metal band, but were as tame as any pop group. It was a dichotomy that served them well, as they racked up a number of hits in both the U.K. and the U.S. Most of those hits were written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, a pair of British songwriters that had a way with silly, simple, and catchy hooks. Chinn/Chapman and Sweet...
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