Andy Scott Addresses The Sweet’s Influence On Mötley Crüe’s ‘Kickstart My Heart’
The Sweet lead guitarist Andy Scott recently appeared as a guest on Artists on Record with Stefan Adika. He reflected on their influence on many prominent rock bands, including Mötley Crüe and their ‘Kickstart My Heart.’
Formed in 1968 in London, the Sweet is primarily known for their glam rock image, but the band initially began its career by releasing bubblegum pop songs. Then, they soon became an essential part of the glam scene during the ’70s. They also released several hard rock albums. The band achieved their first hit with the arrival of ‘Funny Funny’ in 1971. Their subsequent singles ‘Block Buster!,’ ‘Hell Raiser,’ and ‘The Ballroom Blitz’ were also quite successful and turned the band into international stars.
However, their popularity declined through the end of the ’70s and broke up in 1982. The band reunited on various occasions, and Andy Scott currently continues to tour with the Sweet. The band has significantly influenced younger generations of rock bands, including Queen, David Bowie, and Mötley Crüe. It has also been a topic of discussion whether Mötley Crüe’s ‘Kickstart My Heart‘ drew inspiration from Sweet’s ‘Hell Raiser‘ due to the similar guitar riffs.
When asked about it, Andy Scott said it is true to some point, but he doesn’t make it a big deal because he finds these influences widespread in the music world. Then, the guitarist talked about his early influences like the Shadows, the Beatles, the Who, and Jimi Hendrix. He thinks the period he spent his youth was very shifting, so he underwent many changes regarding his approach to music. According to Scott, it is usual that the Sweet might have inspired Mötley Crüe’s ‘Kickstart My Heart’ since these sorts of influences are almost impossible to escape.
Andy Scott speaking on their influence on Mötley Crüe:
“You take it because a bit of it is true. I think we all have to have our heroes. When I was growing up in the early days, it was a band called the Shadows, which never really broke over into America. They ended up being very hand in glove with Cliff Richard, who was like Britain’s version of Elvis. The Shadows were great songwriters and great players. Most of the musicians from my era wanted to be like them. Then, the Stones, the Beatles, the Who, the Kinks, all these bands broke through, and it exploded.
From that point of view, I went through so many different changes from the age of probably 15 through to 17. Like you wouldn’t believe, I probably started as a mod with a fairly sharp haircut and ended up looking like Jethro Tull in 1969. It was a very morphing period where you’re going through changes, and you want to be Pete Townshend, and then six months later, you are playing like Hendrix.”
You can watch the entire conversation and listen to the songs below.