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Cage Match: Sweet vs. The Eagles

This week's Cage Match is another one courtesy of Michael's warped mind. This one slips quietly in front of another great suggestion by The Cleveland Caper that we'll have to save for a future week. And ya know, if you have a suggestion for a future Cage Match, drop us a line and we'll add it to the ever-growing list!

I'm still smarting a bit from how bad our friend Pat Benatar got her ass handed to her in last week's Cage Match, but thanks to Michael's help, I've found a way to press on with a new batch of contenders.

In the left corner, we've got our good pal Timothy B. Schmit, his pals The Eagles, and their song "Love Will Keep Us Alive."

On the other side, we've got glam kids Sweet, and the 80's glitz of "Love Is Like Oxygen." Not bad since it was recorded in 1978. Nicely done guys, you were trendsetters!

"Love Will Keep Us Alive" vs. "Love Is Like Oxygen." Get it? These are the crazy wacky things that Michael and I think of.

In 1994, The Eagles finally reunited for that big huge reunion tour that was 115 dollars too rich for the only-semi-employed concert-going me to attend. But damn, I should have sold some CDs or plasma (plasma wins this one) to attend it. I realized that after I saw the MTV broadcast, picked up the home video, bootlegs, etc. Oh well.

Hell Freezes Over was released on both audio and video to document the initial stages of the Eagles relapse, and weren't you SO excited that there was new material included? I know that I was.

Now let's look at the recorded results.

Get Over It. Ick.
The Girl From Yesterday (Frey). Eh.
Learn To Be Still (Henley). This is actually my favorite track of the batch. Typically good stuff that you would expect from Henley in that time period.

But unfortunately, they let Timothy B. Schmit sing a track. And Paul Carrack co-wrote it, which sounds good on paper, but Paul forgot to send over one of the tracks with a sound like "Tempted" or "Silent Running." Or even "I Live By The Groove."

Instead, he sent "Love Will Keep Us Alive" in that fateful FedEx package.

Soccer moms worldwide were swooning to the sounds of "Love Will Keep Us Alive," packaged with Schmit's still-boyish looks.

I was pissed off that they weren't playing "Boy's Night Out" on the tour.

And many years later, Jason Hare tied it all together nicely with his loving portrait of Timothy B. Schmit, the artist.

As a bonus track, here's the sign language version of "Love Will Keep Us Alive."

Dude, Sweet!

Sweet is one of those bands that is hard for me to think about. I'm sure that they might be really great, but they've been forever tainted in my world by the 6 million times that I've heard "Ballroom Blitz."

And yes @jukebox65, I will listen to REO Speedwagon instead.

While working at the radio station, we played the hell out of "Ballroom Blitz," almost as if it was a current single. But it wasn't. It had been in the ears of music fans for 20+ years at this point, and now could be identified as one of the staple tunes at classic rock. I heard it for the first time in nearly 10 years about two months ago, and it still hasn't been long enough.

"Love Is Like Oxygen" is a different story - always liked this one, still do.

These days, you can choose from two different versions of Sweet that are touring - one featuring Andy Scott, and a recent addition featuring bass player Steve Priest.

Thanks to the Priest version, we can play the fun game "Sweet or Quiet Riot?"


Can you really raise hell at 61 years of age without hurting yourself?


How 'bout you? Are you going to go with The Eagles or Sweet?

  • CB

    In that last band picture, the Sweet dude in the middle looks like he DID hurt himself!

  • Stacy

    eeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! *runs screaming* Can’t do it…. must not reply…..Alright I will. Since we live in Cleveland it has to be Sweet. Also known as THE Sweet (originally) One of the bands I forgot about the other night when we were talking about Artful Dodger and whatnot…Now Little Willy is running thru my head. He won’t go. Sheesh.

  • Dave C.

    Eagles hands down, and it’s not even one of their top tier songs. The Sweet were just plain bad. Plus, “Love is like Oxygen” is and example of a bad group doing a crap song. Never a formula for success.

  • Nicole

    Sweet!!!!! Great Song, Great Band. They got little respect, but put alot into their songs. Desolation Blvd. and Give us a wink. awesome albums

  • mycool44

    Love the Eagles, but I gotta go with the perfect little pop song by Sweet because, let’s face it: love is like oxygen. love will not keep us alive. That is all.

  • cynd1231

    Thanks to everyone who’s posted comments. Can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard! I grew up with the Eagles (literally – went to college with one of ’em) so I can’t necessarily agree with the criticisms BUT the mental image of the Carack/Schmit/Eagles encounters sounds like something out of the Saturday morning cartoons! I’m probably older than just about everyone who posted here and I’ll continue to listen to their works – collectively and indidivually – and enjoy every moment. Schmit’s voice may not appeal to everyone but I find that when he sings in a mid-range key (i.e., I Only Have Eyes For You) he’s actually has an incredible voice. Keep the comments coming!

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