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Sweet — Love Is Like Oxygen
Album: The Best of Sweet
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Released: 1978
Length: 4:06
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Love is like oxygen
You get too much, you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die
Love gets you high

Love is like oxygen
You get too much, you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die
Love gets you high

Time on my side
I got it all
I heard that pride
Always comes before a fall

There's a rumour goin' 'round the town
That you don't want me around
I can't shake off my city blues
Everywhere I turn, I lose

Love is like oxygen
You get too much, you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die
Love gets you high

Love is like oxygen
You get too much, you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die
Love gets you high

Time is no healer
If you're not there
Holy fever
Set words in the air

Some things are better left unsaid
I'm gonna spend my days in bed
I walk the streets at night
To be hidden by the city light, city light

Love is like oxygen
You get too much, you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die
Love gets you high

Love is like oxygen
You get too much, you get too high
Not enough and you're gonna die
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 iTuner wrote:
This isn't ELO? I've been wrong for 34 years?
 
Time to reevaluate your life.
wow - 43 years just washed away in my headphones. 
I sooo loved this band as a teenager and yound adult! I only wish I had seen them live. My memory fades but I do not recall they ever been in Montreal.
 jvalatka wrote:
Not too shabby for a re-recording, but I prefer the original "Level Headed" album version with its stylistic change-ups, keyboard break, and over-six-minute running time.
 

Glad you cleared this up as I coulda swore the song was longer.   Made me feel better about myself and my old man memory, or lack of it.
-John
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:

"this goes to 11"
 
Steve Priest always gave me the creeps as a young 'un.  This photo confirms my suspicions.  Put it away and zip it up.
Walkman, 10 speed and summer nights.....
 obankenobi wrote:
British ELO?
 

The ELO were British!!?
Not too shabby for a re-recording, but I prefer the original "Level Headed" album version with its stylistic change-ups, keyboard break, and over-six-minute running time.
British ELO?
Saw them open for Bob Seger in the late 70's. One of the best concerts I've been at.  
Sweet
Desolation Boulevard was the soundtrack to the waning days of my childhood prior to the onset of puberty, around 1975 or so... by the time this song came out I had moved on to harder and more serious stuff: Led Zeppelin, Rush, the Doors, etc. So no nostalgia for this tune, but for Sweet as such, very much so....
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:


Who did the original? This is the original one I'm familiar with.
 

At some point Sweet (who did the original) must have re-recorded this song again. Most notable is the difference in some of the well-known drum parts.
 unklefurry wrote:
Not the original version, but still a great tune.
 

Who did the original? This is the original one I'm familiar with.
Brings back good memories. Another reprieve from singer/ songwriter drival.
Should segue into something by The The but just call them The.
I just can't get enough of that guitar riff.
My first concert w/kiss. And it still sounds good . Pop but pop at it’s best
Not the original version, but still a great tune.
Too young to have seen them in their heyday, but caught them in 1990 with Andy Scott on guitar and Mick Tucker(RIP) on drums.  I loved it. No Brian Connolly, though.(RIP)
 tlbritton wrote:
LOVE IT! 
 
Me too!  
LOVE IT! 
Bill, u crazy man!  Love it
This song is a classic, but this is the worst version I've ever heard. The sound is like a tape recorded K-tel vinyl....
sort of the worst of the 70s bottled into one song
>> that wiki pic says it all
 Grammarcop wrote:
O2?

More like Ca3O8P and C6H8O2. That's calcium phosphate and sorbic acid, two of the main ingredients in American Cheese. 
 

Yeah but they're from the UK. How about some Stinking Bishop?
bubblegum  to the max.......now and then-  no thank you
 Rockit9 wrote:
Sweet....Sweet!
 Great Rock Band of the 70s

What a hoot! Last time I heard this was...1978 probably. Classic. (you can decide classic what) Sheer entertainment for me.
Unforgiveable.
Oh no never again  
O2?

More like Ca3O8P and C6H8O2. That's calcium phosphate and sorbic acid, two of the main ingredients in American Cheese. 
One of the more annoying songs of my childhood that I really didn't ever need to hear again. {#Frustrated}
Sweet....Sweet!
 abkennedy wrote:
This version is a remake by "Andy Scott's Sweet", according to the iTunes listings, from "Glitz, Blitz, & HItz", a greatest hits compilation.  Not as awesome as the original, IMO.

 
Yes! This definitely sounds different, and not as good.
 hayduke2 wrote:
WPLJ fizz-rock from the 70's aye-carumba  (listenable kwirkee crap for 60 seconds then poof)

 WPLJ - hahaha! I haven't heard those call letters in for-evah!!

 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Ha ha! I just rated a Sweet song an 8. 

My younger self thinks I have lost it.  
 

Sam_Chucklestone wrote:

Lol, me too.

 
And another from the Dutch jury!
Thunderclap Newman followed by Sweet?  

I knew I shouldn't have taken the brown acid.... I'm back in high school... how do I get out?

(at least I'm diggin' the music {#Bananajam} )
I remember singing along with the background bass singer (closer to my natural range) driving to high school
awesome!!!{#Music}
Oh boy....dated as hell (can I say hell here?)...but for all that....still good in its way.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 abkennedy wrote:
This version is a remake by "Andy Scott's Sweet", according to the iTunes listings, from "Glitz, Blitz, & HItz", a greatest hits compilation.  Not as awesome as the original, IMO.

 
Agreed! I bought the 45 (!) back when I was a kid, and I had the drum fills memorized. There was also a longer version on the B-side which was great. 
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:

"this goes to 11"

 
"and where are you going dressed like that young man?"


WPLJ fizz-rock from the 70's aye-carumba  (listenable kwirkee crap for 60 seconds then poof)
 dig wrote:

It seems a lot E.L.O ish to me. Love it!

 
Yes, but I'd peg this closer to something from Styx because of the overheated vocals and hard-hitting playing. 

I always thought this was the cheesiest of the cheesy back in the day. According to All Music Guide, this came out in '78, and was the last gasp of the band's glory days. 

From AllMusic.com (was the band really known as The Sweet in the UK?!?) : 

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.
 Love your story...I too owned a Cutlass..mine a 1972 Convertible..fine memories for sure..I also work(ed) for a Japanese company that changed my life..coloradojohn wrote:
They sure had the flash-glam vocals and gnashing guitars down, didn't they? I can never forget "Ballroom Blitz," and "Little Willy" was on the radio when I was in 5th Grade; maybe '73 or so... That was one of my favorite and first 45-rpm records, too. The rip-rocking "Man From Mecca" was the flip-side; in my opinion, one of their best songs... They really had a huge come-back with this; in '78 and '79 they had us all mesmerized with this trippy jam that takes me right back to getting good and stoned in my '70 Cutlass after school, just before going in to work at the Japanese restaurant that changed my life... So many times, smoking weed to this band with buddies!

 


This version is a remake by "Andy Scott's Sweet", according to the iTunes listings, from "Glitz, Blitz, & HItz", a greatest hits compilation.  Not as awesome as the original, IMO.
 I really think 'No You Don't' is the hot track   Tuesday1 wrote:
Can we hear "Ballroom Blitz" next?

 

Awesome song...thought this was Argent or 10cc
 junebaby65 wrote:
More Sweet!  Though lovers of the whispery folk singer types probably won't like that.

 
There are probably a lot of people who like both the "whispery folk singer type" voices and the 1970s, British, Glam-rock-falsetto type voices. Cool song anyway.
Ha ha! I just rated a Sweet song an 8. 

My younger self thinks I have lost it.  
 coloradojohn wrote:
They sure had the flash-glam vocals and gnashing guitars down, didn't they? I can never forget "Ballroom Blitz," and "Little Willy" was on the radio when I was in 5th Grade; maybe '73 or so... That was one of my favorite and first 45-rpm records, too. The rip-rocking "Man From Mecca" was the flip-side; in my opinion, one of their best songs... They really had a huge come-back with this; in '78 and '79 they had us all mesmerized with this trippy jam that takes me right back to getting good and stoned in my '70 Cutlass after school, just before going in to work at the Japanese restaurant that changed my life... So many times, smoking weed to this band with buddies!
 
Good story. Hadn’t realised the Sweet had made it in America.
{#Bananajam}
But isn't this from before 1978?
The nice mood just ended.
Ok, Stop Work! Turn it up..... Air Guitar ....

back to work :-( 
They sure had the flash-glam vocals and gnashing guitars down, didn't they? I can never forget "Ballroom Blitz," and "Little Willy" was on the radio when I was in 5th Grade; maybe '73 or so... That was one of my favorite and first 45-rpm records, too. The rip-rocking "Man From Mecca" was the flip-side; in my opinion, one of their best songs... They really had a huge come-back with this; in '78 and '79 they had us all mesmerized with this trippy jam that takes me right back to getting good and stoned in my '70 Cutlass after school, just before going in to work at the Japanese restaurant that changed my life... So many times, smoking weed to this band with buddies!
 molson wrote:
This song brings back Sweet memories....{#Bounce}

  hey north bay!


Sweet! i agree
 Tim_in_N_FL wrote:
Seems a little E.L.O.'ish to me in some ways...{#Sunny}

 
It seems a lot E.L.O ish to me. Love it!
I can't get too much of this song but if I don't get enough, I'm going to die.
This song brings back Sweet memories....{#Bounce}
 On_The_Beach wrote:
The helium-voiced chorus: eek!

 
They got too much and it made them high...{#Lol}
Sounds a little re-mixed or re-mastered, unless it is just that I'm sober...

Still a fun flashback.
I love this song - this version that Bill is playing sounds a little "hotter" than what I'm used to.

Wonder if they re-recorded it at some point. 
The helium-voiced chorus: eek!
Just got totally transported back to the 70's with my big ass speakers cranked up to 11. 
 Lensles wrote:
Haven't heard this in years! Can we hear "Kiss you all over" by Exile next? ;)

 Yeah,babay!


ah this is great thank you...michael
The only song of the Sweet that is really worth wile. 
Eight
Oooh solid negative 1 here. Square root of -1. 10 divided by 0. 
Memories of my early teens... These guys were sooo big on Countdown here on Oz at the time....
I'm astonished that there were some Sweet Fans in 70s in the U.S. who now hear RP. Who did not know it: The living two Members (Steve Priest and Andy Scott) are still making live concerts!
Seems a little E.L.O.'ish to me in some ways...{#Sunny}
Such a cool song; dazzling music shines forth from every instrument and on every level in this one...AND, now as in high school; same as it ever was, there is nothing quite like getting good and high to this song. I agree, the original (called the long version once it became a hit and radio stations couldn't find the time) is the one to jam if you can. Thanks to RP, I get Pinged on a daily basis, and am forever and always connected to the Eternal Quantum Mother-board... I do wish, though, that we could hear more from this diverse, talented group. They already had a long history when they got Pop in the US, and had one of the best song-writing teams ever feeding them during all that brilliant time. A friend had all their LPs and we dug them their due and then some. Sweet F.A. & Desolation Boulevard still blow me away!
Dang! I was hoping to hear the extended edition of that song.
ooooooooooooohhhhhhhh.......the bad, bad BAD ol' days of the 70's..........there was some truly awful music from that decade and this is one of them.......yucccccch
More Sweet!  Though lovers of the whispery folk singer types probably won't like that.
PSD landed here!

Life is .... Sweet!

        {#Dance}

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Can we hear "Ballroom Blitz" next?
I have always liked these guys.  I always got the feeling they really did not take themselves seriously and where having fun.
 vandal wrote:
horrible song though

 
which one?
horrible song though
Terrific seg. from the Black Keys "Sister".

That is what having a real human programing the songs is all about. 
Born in '65, listening to this in the midst of yet another intoxicating crush on a cutie girl. I thought this was music at its finest. Now? Not too bad..
Hell yeah! I heard Little Willy, first, I think; their huge smash hit on the radio in '74 or so. Man From Mecca was the rocking flip-side of it -- one of the first discs I went out and bought as a kid. Later, when the record Desolation Boulevard came out, big, in '78, as weed and girls got into our heads, every day after School got out, we'd slap it on the turntable, turn up the sound, toke weed till the room reeked, pray we'd have time to air out and lay down a fog of Lysol by the time whomever's mom or dad got home, and then go do the things that made life as tasty and memorable as we could. Life sure seemed sweet, and it sure seemed like there was nothing better at the time! 
 DavidS_UK wrote:

Saw the Quo many times at Hammersmith.  Riding motorbike back after one of their concerts, I finally could actually hear the bike motor over the ringing in my ears around about reaching Staples Corner!

 
must have been a Honda?
 slr242 wrote:
Wow. This is SO ELO.
 
Well, minus the O(rchestra), but the style's similar, I agree. Sweet were camper than a Millett's showroom and I usually couldn't bear them back in the day but they did come out with the occasional rockin' number, of which this is one. 8 from the Nottingham jury.
Wow. This is SO ELO.

Besides that, I just like saying 'This is Sweet!'. :-) 
This isn't ELO? I've been wrong for 34 years?
Haven't heard this in years! Can we hear "Kiss you all over" by Exile next? ;)
An oldie, but a goodie.
My ears are happier!
{#Drummer}
 pk53 wrote:
one hit wonder?  always thought this was Supertramp...my bad....
 
Not Supertramp, ELO.
oh my god... I think I was thirteen when this came out. Love it. Feels soooooooo weird. Haven't heard it in decades.
OH, i love this.
Sweet is the first band i'd ever liked. Nice to hear them on my favourite radio station.{#Sunny} But they'd recorded so many great rock songs - mostly underrated, not only here on RP. I think, the british "Chinnichap" producer team gave them a glitter rock image that avoided greater success. Listen to their first four studio albums - great music.

Great sing-a-long song! 9!{#Dancingbanana}
one hit wonder?  always thought this was Supertramp...my bad....
Hey, can we stop at 7-ll for some beer.  Oh, and papers.
(frantically looking for Quiana nylon shirt with long pointy collar)
the oxygen set ::

sky is falling
coming up for air
love is like oxygen

here's to breathing !!
 ianmoff wrote:

WooHoo!

They played at The Grove (our youth club thingy) around the same time. Edison Lighthouse were also a favourite on the circuit then, and one year we blew a whole £300 to get Status Quo. They'd just released Dog of Two Heads. Excellent days!  
 
Saw the Quo many times at Hammersmith.  Riding motorbike back after one of their concerts, I finally could actually hear the bike motor over the ringing in my ears around about reaching Staples Corner!

 DavidS_UK wrote:
Wow, never expected to hear this.  The very first ever pop concert I went to, at age of 14? 15? The Sweet at Brighton... oh those heady early 70s...
 
WooHoo!

They played at The Grove (our youth club thingy) around the same time. Edison Lighthouse were also a favourite on the circuit then, and one year we blew a whole £300 to get Status Quo. They'd just released Dog of Two Heads. Excellent days!  
Whoa, haven't heard this in years! {#Smile}

 ceviche wrote:
The best of Sweet? They had more than one song?
 


It's a short album
{#Wall}

Some songs are better left unplayed...
Many, and most were better than this.  Ballroom Blitz, A.C.D.C. , pretty much anything on "Desolation Boulevard".
 
ceviche wrote:
The best of Sweet? They had more than one song?
 


The best of Sweet? They had more than one song?

This song was resurrected in my organic chemistry class as

love is like oxygen
in an acidic medium it degrades cumene
to a phenol

say what you want, but it helped us remember....


Not timeless, not interesting. Just kind of 'worst of 70s' kinda thing. I guess this could be a cleanse-the-pallet kind of song, but we need something really good up next. 
The first time I heard this, I thought the lyric was, "Love is like a popsicle." Coulda been, and I don't think it would have lost much. {#Lol} Great song.

Love it!
NOW I know the origin of one of the lines in Moulin Rouge!  {#Wink}

Christian:  I can't write for the Moulin Rouge.    Tolouse: But why not?

Christian:  I.. I'm not even sure I am a real bohemian revolutionary!

Tolouse:  What? Don't you believe in beauty?   Christian:  Yes.

Argentine:  Freedom?    Christian:  Yes, of course.

Satie:  Truth?    Christian:  Yes.

Doctor:  Love?   Christian:  Love? Love... Above all things I believe in love!  Love is like oxygen. Love is a many-splendored thing, love lifts us up where we belong, all you need is love!



Sounds just as bad now as it did when it came out. Didn't improve with age much...
When music began to suck. It's still a catchy tune. Casey I can dance to that I'll give it a 4
Ouch.  Absolutely hated this in 1978 and it appears that I still feel the same way. . .
 JustineFromWyoming wrote:

I guess you never heard "Fox on the Run" or "Ballroom Blitz" then.
 

Or "Little Willie" {#Bananajam}
Holy crap, yes! God bless RP for playing this. I was totally obsessed with this song for a month while I was in Europe in 2001. I finally found two different "best of" albums in a CD shop (attributed to "The" Sweet) and could get my fix, but it took me a while to track it down. Somehow this song just "got" me at that time. Still works for me, but not quite as much as it did then. ;-)