Fox on the Run

Composed by Andrew Scott / Brian Connolly / Mick Tucker / Steve Priest

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"Fox on the Run" became Sweet's third Top Ten hit as the second single from Desolation Boulevard, their most successful release. The song reached the number five spot in the U.S. and number two in the U.K., becoming the band's second million-selling single (after 1973's "Little Willy"). Desolation Boulevard marked a noticeable transition within the band, as they were attempting to adopt a slightly harder rock format which was fully accomplished on 1978's Level Headed album. The band wrote "Fox on the Run" themselves, initiating a blatant bid to shed themselves of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman's bubblegum songwriting recipe, which had been a staple of Sweet since the early '70s. Even though "Fox on the Run" combined a heavy guitar crunch with Brian Connolly's high-pitched but rock-groovy vocals, it still harbored a slight glam rock sound in its flashiness. This mixture of their old and new style is what makes "Fox on the Run" so effective as both a pop and rock song. While there's no mistaking the colorful gloss that's initiated by the echo effect of the vocals, it's counterattacked just as quickly by the raw guitar and percussion work throughout the rest of the song. It may not be of the hardest caliber, but it proved that Sweet was headed toward a more serious (and musically nutritious) sound. Other songs from the album, like "Sweet FA" and "Set Me Free," instilled the same characteristics, but "Fox on the Run"'s slick '70s flow and catchy rhythm make it one of the group's most pleasing songs.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Desolation Boulevard 1974 Capitol 3:27
Strung Up 1975 RCA
Golden Greats 1983 RCA
Starke Zeiten 1988 BMG 3:23
Live at the Marquee 1986 1989 Angel Air Records 6:04
The Best of Sweet [Capitol 1993] 1993 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 3:25
Dazed and Confused [Music from the Motion Picture] 1993
Original Soundtrack
Giant 3:26
Land of Hope & Glory 1993 Receiver Records / Receiver
Greatest Hits Live 1994 Aim Records 5:56
Live for Today 1994 Receiver 1:41
No Image 1995 Castle Music Ltd.
Private Collection 1995 Receiver 3:29
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 23 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 3:25
Solid Gold Action: 15 Alternative Mixes 1996 Receiver 5:47
The Best of Sweet [Prime Cuts] 1997 Excelsior Recordings
No Image 1997 CAP
Golden Hits [Intercontinental] 1997 Intercontinental Records 3:37
Million Selling Songs: 70's 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Prime Cuts 3:32
Let's Go 1997 Emporio 1:41
Hit Songs from the 70's [Deuce] 1997
Various Artists
Deuce 3:33
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Masters 1998 Eagle Records 3:38
The Number Ones: Rock It Up 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:23
Decades of Dance: The 70's 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / Cema Special Ma 3:25
The  Best of Sweet [Cema] 1998 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 3:26
Ballroom Blitz & More Sweet Hits 1998 BMG
Hard Rock Cafe: Party Rock Classics 1998
Various Artists
Hard Rock Records (Rhino) / Rhino 3:25
Solid Gold Sweet 1998 Recall (UK) 4:01
Sweet Originals: The Best 37 Glamrock Songs Ever 1998 BMG International 3:23
100% Rock [RCA] 1998
Various Artists
Disky / Disky Communications / Target Records
Blockbuster Alternate Takes 1999 Cleopatra 1:40
Greatest Hits of the 70s [Box Set #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:25
Fox on the Run 1999 Cleopatra 5:26
Radio Days: '70s Rock 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:28
Greatest Hits Remixed 1999 Cleopatra 4:57
Glam Goldmine 1999
Various Artists
Cleopatra 5:00
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '70s, Vol. 4-5 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 3:28
It's the '70s Again, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 3:31
Teenage Rampage 2000 Essential Records 3:57
Trancespotting, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Hypnotic / Cleopatra 5:00
Into the Mix, Vol. 4: The Classix Remixed 2000
Various Artists
Hypnotic 4:59
Most Famous Hits 2000 Arcade Music
I've Heard Those Songs Before 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 3:28
Forever Gold: 70's Decade 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:36
Glam Hit Box 2001 Big Eye Music 1:40
Classic Rock Hits [Dead Line] 2001
Various Artists
Dead Line Music 3:12
A Year in Your Life: 1976, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:25
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:28
2 Originals of Sweet: Live at the Marquee/A 2002 SPV 6:04
Greatest Hits 2002 BMG 3:22
Stairway to the Stars: Live and Rare 2002 Sanctuary Fontana 1:41
No Image 2002
Various Artists
No Image 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:36
Glamrock Legends 2003
Various Artists
SPV 3:31
The Complete Trancespotting 2003
Various Artists
Hypnotic 5:00
Life Is a Highway 2003
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:24
The Very Best of the Sweet [BMG International] 2004 BMG / RCA / Sony BMG
Very Best of Sweet [Sony/BMG] 2005 Sony BMG 3:24
Ballroom Blitz 2005 X5 Music Group 3:37
Lords of Dogtown 2005
Original Soundtrack
Geffen / Interscope 3:23
Sweetlive 2005 Delta Distribution / Lasel
Sound of Hits of the 70's 2005
Various Artists
ZYX/Sound Of 3:36
Rock Beakout Years: 1975 2005 Madacy 3:26
A.M. Radio: Hits of the 60s & 70s 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:36
K-Tel Presents: Rockin' 70's 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:35
Greatest Hits [Netherlands] 2006 Remember Records
EMI: Classic Rock 2006
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 3:25
Soft Rock, Vol. 2 [Brentwood] 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 3:37
Sweet Chronology: Anthology 2006 Friday 3:31
Sweet-Mix 2006 BMG
This Is Remixed Hits: Mashups and Rare 12 Mixes 2006
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:59
Definitive Collection 2007 Powerst
Then: Ultimate Rock Mix 2007
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 3:22
Gracie [Original Soundtrack] 2007
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 3:23
Blockbuster! The Best of Sweet 2007 Music Club Deluxe 3:25
Head Full of Rock 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:25
70's, Vol. 3 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Remember the 70s [Greatest Collection] 2008
Various Artists
Greatest Collection 3:38
Action: The Sweet Anthology 2009 Shout! Factory 3:25
Fox on the Run: Rare Studio Tracks 2013 Cleopatra 3:18
Level Headed Tour Rehearsals 1977 2014 Angel Air Records 3:30
Hits 2014 Angel Air Records 3:32
Sweet Action! The Ultimate Story 2015 RCA 3:21
Molly: Counting Down the Hits 2016
Various Artists
Liberation 3:21
No Image 2017 Sony Music
3cd Box Phantom Records (England)
Absolute Rock Classics, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Eva 3:21
Andy Scott's Sweet: Hannover Sessions Pseudonym Records
Are You Ready?: Sweet Live Varèse Sarabande 3:51
Best Fox
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
No Image Fox
The Loudness: Rock Hits Turned Up to 11
Various Artists
Warner Music
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