The Six Teens (song)

"The Six Teens"
Single by Sweet
from the album Desolation Boulevard
B-side "Burn on the Flame"
Released July 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Glam rock[1]
Length 4:01
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Producer(s) Phil Wainman, Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Sweet singles chronology
"Teenage Rampage"
(1974)
"The Six Teens"
(1974)
"Turn It Down"
(1974)

"The Six Teens" (often spelled as "The Sixteens") is a 1974 song by British glam rock band Sweet, written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, appearing on Sweet's album Desolation Boulevard. The song was Sweet's first single simply as "Sweet" (previously, the band was known as The Sweet).

The song references six teenagers growing up in the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s. The song was the penultimate single written by Chinn and Chapman for the band and the last on which long-time producer Phil Wainman assisted.

The song features softer acoustic verses contrasted with heavier electric guitar-based choruses and was regarded something of a significant departure from the band's glam rock sound heard on previous singles. Guitarist Andy Scott, when introducing the song in his current band's live show, often states he regards it as Chinn and Chapman's best work.

The single reached the top 10 in several European countries, and was the band's 10th #1 in Denmark.

The B-side is the band composition "Burn on the Flame".

The Vinyl District referred to the song as "a bona fide lost glam classic".[2]

Chart positions

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Australia 48
Austria 9
Denmark 1
Finland 8
Germany 4
Ireland 15
Netherlands 7
Norway 7
Switzerland 6
United Kingdom [3] 9

Personnel

References

  1. ^ Savage, Jon (1 February 2013). "The 20 best glam-rock songs of all time". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  2. ^ Little, Michael H. (June 17, 2016). "Graded on a Curve: Sweet, Desolation Boulevard". The Vinyl District.
  3. ^ "UK Official Charts". Official Charts Company. 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2019.

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