Wig-Wam Bam

Composed by Mike Chapman / Nicky Chinn

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Tribal drums, a tomahawk guitar line, and a rocked up retelling of the poet Longfellow's Hiawatha epic -- it has to be Sweet. Their sixth straight British hit was also the first on which the entire band was permitted to perform, and the group's own confidence and abilities shine through from the outset, a meaty guitar riff, the pounding drums, and the layered chorale vocals that might have been borrowed from the Turtles, but certainly paved the way for Queen. Another enduring Sweet tradition, a camp one-liner from bassist Steve Priest also made its debut here -- "try a little touch, try a little too much..." Irresistible. "Wig Wam Bam" reached number four in the U.K. in September 1972, establishing Sweet at the forefront of the glam rock movement, and confirming songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman among the most successful authors of the age.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be 1971 BMG / Sony BMG 3:02
The Sweet's Biggest Hits 1972 RCA
The Sweet 1973 Razor & Tie 2:53
Gold 20 Superhits 1993 Ariola
Blockbuster 1994 RCA / Alex 3:03
Golden Hits [Intercontinental] 1997 Intercontinental Records 3:14
The Best of Sweet [Camden] 1997 RCA Camden 3:01
Sweet Originals: The Best 37 Glamrock Songs Ever 1998 BMG International 3:02
Millenium Collection 1999 Digimode Entertainment 2:50
Greatest Hits 2002 BMG 3:02
The Very Best of the Sweet [BMG International] 2004 Paradiso 3:01
Very Best of Sweet [Sony/BMG] 2005 Sony BMG 3:02
Blockbuster! The Best of Sweet 2007 Music Club Deluxe 3:03
Action: The Sweet Anthology 2009 Shout! Factory
Greatest Ever! Bubblegum Pop: The Definitive Collection 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:01
No Image 2017 RCA 3:04
Are You Ready?: Sweet Live Varèse Sarabande 3:26
Massive Hits! Seventies
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:02