I heard "Fox on the Run" today by Sweet

Adam Carolla referenced the song on a recent podcast. They played the song…and I knew the song.

Before today, if you had asked me how the song goes, what artist recorded it, or when it was released, I would have said, “I have no idea.”

When I got home, I looked up the song and played it. Then I looked up when it was released…1974!

I’m fascinated by this. I have no idea when I heard the song. Was it when I was a kid? (I was five in 1974.) Was it on the classic rock station when I was into that? (The 90s.) I must have heard it several times for it to be so familiar.

How could I know a song so well and yet have no recollection of when I heard it?

Childhood memories are kinda fuzzy and amorphous. It was some minor hit, so I’m sure you heard it somewhere, but didn’t really pay attention.

Or Dope.

Maybe you’ve seen the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

I haven’t, but I think you’re on to something. I imagine I’ve heard it in movies.

Maybe you’re a Cheap Trick fan and you thought that was them??

The song was originally released in 1974 but the version that we know in the US was a newer recording made in 1975 and released with the US version of the album Desolation Boulevard. It peaked at #5 but it was ranked 76 at the year’s end and spent considerable time on the pop charts. It was extremely popular on both pop and rock radio stations thru the end of the 1970s. I’d say it is extremely likely that it is simply a part of the background noise of your childhood (as is true for millions of people the world over), which is why it was selected for the GotG2 soundtrack. Sooner or later they’ll get around to Billy, Don’t Be A Hero and The Night Chicago Died too.

There’s an excellent version on Youtube

Another version is my ringtone, and pretty sure I have 7" vinyl of it somewhere.

Prolly the Dazed and Confused soundtrack.

All true, but let’s be clear about this: it’s a stupid-cool song. Loved it around the same time I listened to KISS (the dates line up), but the song is really durable. It got into rotation with my young kids alongside The Beach Boys, Beatles, Ramones and Chuck Berry and held its own for silly rockin’ entertainment value.

The (apparently U.S.; thanks Bo) version of Desolation Boulevard totally rocked. SO many good catchy songs. If you don’t know it, get it immediately.

I remember this song, have not heard it in several decades now.

I wonder if the high harmony vocals are the kind of thing that would stick in a 5 year old’s head.

I bought Desolation Boulevard when it came out and took the album to a nearby stereo store where I told them I was shopping for a stereo so I could listen to it right away. Why? I don’t know. I’m a few years older than the OP but wasn’t old enough to always have sensible motivations for the things I did.

Fantastic album. “Are you ready, Steve?”

So that’s what that song is called. I totally recognize it. Will add it to my running playlist.

(I thought Sweet was a one-hit wonder with Ballroom Blitz, will have to see what else they do. Thank you!)

  • Little Willy
  • Blockbuster
  • Action
  • Love is like Oxygen
  • No You Don’t (covered by Pat Benatar)

So many great songs. I never took to Slade, but I love The Sweet.

I forgot all about that Fox on the Run. But not this one:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pegNpXSTws

Its one of the first bluegrass songs I remember hearing, 1976 or so. Still one of my favorite genres.

How weird. When I saw that you were talking about a bluegrass song, I assumed it was a third “Fox on the Run” besides the Sweet and Manfred Mann ones. But that *is *the Manfred Mann song. Apparently it somehow got adopted into the bluegrass tradition somewhere along the line.

I bought Desolation Boulevard when it was current and played the hell out of it. Still have it, in fact.

Just learned that only half the band remains aboveground. Drummer Mick Tucker died of leukemia at 54. Lead singer Brian Connolly died of a heart attack at 51.



Fox on the Run was my favorite song in the 5th grade, until I heard Squeeze Box by The Who. Little Willy was my first-ever favorite song, and the compilation album it was on, K-Tel’s Fantastic, was, at the time, the greatest Christmas gift of all time (1973).

I’m betting you heard it from Dazed & Confused. One of the songs on the soundtrack, Never Been Any Reason, became one of my faves.