Little Willy on the Vinyl Version

This song was written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman who were never memebers of Sweet. These two guys were a major force in the British pop music industry in the 1970s. Chinn and Chapman became known as the “Chinnichap” sound. They wrote and produced songs for Suzi Quatro, Blondie and The Knack, they even wrote Pat Benatar’s hit “Love Is A Battlefield.”

This song was Sweet’s biggest hit, peaking at #3 in 1973. The critics called this song “bubblegum” and called the lyrics “nursery porn.” Later Sweet wanted to become more hardcore, so after this song Sweet started writing their own songs.

Putting this song together, Chinn and Chapman used a pounding drum beat, they mixed in the riff from the Who song “I Can’t Explain,” and added the catchy chorus, that digs into your ear and stays there. The song doesn’t really tell a story it’s just about a man named William who really doesn’t want to go home.

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