Dear The Sweet

Re: Love Is Like Oxygen

I have just heard this record on a “radio station” in my car and have had to pull over and write this missive as a matter of urgency, as I believe that the misleading information pertained to in the lyrics could lead to serious consequences if taken literally by other listeners.

Firstly, with regard to the simile itself that love is like oxygen, “love” is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person, or a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend; conversely, oxygen is a highly reactive chemical element of the chalcogen group. I personally see no resemblance between these agents whatsoever and would be most grateful to be otherwise enlightened.

Perhaps more worryingly, you state that if "you get too much, you get too high, not enough and you're gonna die". As regards love, I would like to examine any source material that you may have in your possession which supports this claim. Regarding oxygen, I of course concur with your second point.  However, you appear unaware that the effects of over-exposure to oxygen comprise nasal stuffiness, nausea, dizziness, coughing, a sore throat, hypothermia, disturbed breathing, chest pain, and loss of vision; no evidence exists as to levitation being experienced in the sufferer. Your lyrics are therefore completely misleading.

It should be pointed out that I, and many acquaintances, very much enjoy your melodies and unique “sound”. Nevertheless, your lyrics and subject matter (specifically, the inaccuracies and flagrant disregard for the sensibilities of many listeners) unfortunately represent a catalogue of shame. “Ballroom Blitz”, for example, shows little sensitivity towards any senior citizens who were unfortunate enough to be in a dancehall during the London bombings of the Second World War, while 'Fox On The Run' is surely the most pro-hunt message contained within glam rock. In addition, in the current 'hoodie' age, does 'Teenage Rampage' not solicit reckless abandon?

On a more positive note, I feel that “Blockbuster” accurately captures the excitement and tension of the popular hexagon-themed television show, although, at the risk of being considered pedantic, I believe that the song title should perhaps be plural in order to provide greater consistency. If on the other hand you are enquiring as to directions to the once popular film rental outlet, then regrettably I do not know the way, especially given that the chain went into administration on 16th January. I do however, if it is any consolation, know how to subscribe to Sky Movies

I look forward to forthcoming releases by “The Sweet”, and in view of the above points, sincerely hope that your research is carried out more rigorously in future.


Wilf Turnbull

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