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SWEET SAVAGE- Take no Prisoners 7″ (Park Records, Ireland, 1981)

This may not stand the test of time as gloriously as, say, BLITZKRIEG, although SWEET SAVAGE used to be one of the top underground bands of the NWOBHM. In fact, when you now compare this rocking and rolling two-tracker with heavier bands of the era, it’s quite obvious why we originally called such bands “Heavy Rock”. Except for some interesting breaks and bits in “Killing Time” (later covered by METALLICA), this is almost typical Pub Rock (or as Peter would love to have it called: Pubes Rock), except for the powerful singing maybe. I can’t really say whether this is good, bad or good bad music, but “Killing Time” sure is the better of the two tracks.

I used to hold strong resentment against SWEET SAVAGE in the early 80s. It wasn’t the music really – to tell the truth, it was because of the two guys on the left of the cover and their nasty grin. I mean looking at them still maddens me and I tend to believe people like these might have ruined my youth more than no sex, no drugs and no god.

I used to have the 2nd 7″ as well, but I can’t really remember how it sounded. But the tracks from the BBC session (partially used for the “Friday Rock Show”) were a bit darker and heavier than this first 7″.

Take no Prisoners.mp3
Killing Time.mp3

16 Comments

  1. Ha ha the two guys on left must be the original evil twins that I’ve heard so much about. Sweet Savage would’ve made some of my metal friends rock hard. This is so annoying it makes me clean my flat really fast believing the song will end faster.

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    Posted on 26-Apr-08 at 12:18 | Permalink
  2. C’mon this is GREAT! Love the drums sound and the vocals and the general Boogie Woogie feeling. Great post!

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    Posted on 26-Apr-08 at 15:39 | Permalink
  3. John Forsythe

    About the two guys on the cover, nobody seemed to notice but the first guy on the left is none other than Vivian Campbell. Some of you may remember him from his Dio days and more recently from Def Leppard.

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    Posted on 26-Apr-08 at 16:02 | Permalink
  4. Vivian Cambell was already ugly back when releasing this. But Killing Time is a killer tune.

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    Posted on 26-Apr-08 at 23:06 | Permalink
  5. Take no prisoners sounds like a parody, haha. But Killing time is a true classic and I’m happy that I can finally listen to the original now and not the Metallica cover version (which is great too!).

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    Posted on 27-Apr-08 at 01:57 | Permalink
  6. This is another one that I only had on tape. I did, however, have the Friday Rock Show compilation with Sweet Savage’s “Eye of the Storm” on it – until somebody stole it from my locker at school. Now, years later, I have a bootleg cd with all of their early output on it. The second 7″ is much weaker than the first. They’ve since gotten back together and put out a couple of cds in an attempt to relive past glories (the Metallica effect, I guess – it seems that most of the bands that Metallica covered have gotten back together, most likely to capitalize on the fact that they’ve been covered by Metallica. ha.). Still, the first 7″ is one of my favorites from that time.

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    Posted on 29-Apr-08 at 10:26 | Permalink
  7. eddie

    When is Styx’s first album gonna be on rotation???? wtf? dyhm? :)-

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    Posted on 01-May-08 at 11:38 | Permalink
  8. R0B

    Is your resentment towards the two on the left because guys like that in the 8O’s were the ones stealing away all the sex and the drugs from you with those kinds of smiles?
    “Killing Time” is great (way better then the cover Metallica did of the song). Thanks for posting this!

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    Posted on 03-May-08 at 07:31 | Permalink
  9. I wouldn’t have known what to do with them gals anyway, RoB.

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    Posted on 03-May-08 at 08:26 | Permalink
  10. What's the truth?

    So I became convinced after listening to Killing Time that it contains the word “nigger,” despite ALL official lyric info I can find (along with the re-recorded version and the Metallica version) clearly stating (and sounding like) the phrase is “killer kid.” I then found an obscure Russian zine, which, when translated using an online translator, claims that it was actually “nigger kid”, but Viv Campbell made sure to erase all official info so that it would be remembered as “killer.” That’s the only piece of info I could find about this online, but I’m marginally proud of myself for this feat of historical investigation.

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    Posted on 18-Jul-08 at 10:27 | Permalink
  11. Can you specify where in the song that is? I never heard “nigger”, but then again, I didn’t know about this controversy.

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    Posted on 18-Jul-08 at 10:58 | Permalink
  12. What's the Truth?

    It’s in this part of the song, right before the 2nd chorus:

    “Ingenuity needed to keep us alive/
    No time for cowardice, it’s kill and survive/
    Like the *nigger/killer* kid with the switchblade knife/
    One nasty word, he’ll take your life ”

    If you youtube the re-recorded version of the song and the Metallica cover, the word in question sounds clearly different than it does in the original.

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    Posted on 19-Jul-08 at 16:49 | Permalink
  13. What's the Truth?

    I just listened to the Metallica version from their 82(?) demo and they say “nigger” in that one, too. It’s in the later, official cover they did of the song where they use “killer.” This variety of investigation is interesting stuff!

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    Posted on 19-Jul-08 at 16:54 | Permalink
  14. Jamie

    Thanks for posting this, i prefer the version on the Killing Time CD they done in 1996, that intro solo is insane!

    Seeing them live in November along with Motorhead in Belfast

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    Posted on 19-Sep-09 at 17:23 | Permalink
  15. Dani

    Hey, great to find the original Sweet Savage here, not their 1993 reincarnation, already without Campbell who, after his glorious Dio’s years went to play for White Snake, Def Leopard and other strange animals.
    Chapeau, great post and fine website.

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    Posted on 22-May-10 at 06:41 | Permalink
  16. Ha ha, it’s totally the “N-word”. Crazy.

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    Posted on 28-Jan-15 at 02:09 | Permalink

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