RACHEL SWEET Fool Around (1978)

Fool Around (1978)
Sweet, Guilty Pleasures

Blank Frank posted some cool Stiff Records releases and stuff over at And Your Bird Can Swing, prompting me to comment about Rachel Sweet. Which got me diggin’ through the files to listen to “It’s So Different Here,” from Sweet’s 1978 debut, Fool Around. A song so cool I don’t have words for it. The sultry slick atmospheric production still gleams today. All of which prompted me to post this post, though it’s primarily just an excuse for me to listen to this tune every now and again. It’s one of those songs that mysteriously alters molecules. So… thank Blank Frank for this post. With bonuses @ Amazon.

B-A-B-Y (3:06)
I Go To Pieces (2:40)
Who Does Lisa Like (2:59)
Wildwood Saloon (3:55)
Stay Awhile (3:01)
Suspended Animation (3:16)
Sad Song (2:51)
It’s So Different Here (2:47)
Cuckoo Clock (2:45)
Stranger In The House (4:05)
Pin A Medal On Mary (3:07) – Bonus Track
Just My Style (3:14) – Bonus Track
Girl With A Synthesizer (2:34) – Bonus Track
Truckstop Queen (3:09) – Bonus Track
Tourist Boys (3:52) – Bonus Track
Be Stiff (2:30) – Bonus Track


  • W
    January 6, 2011 - 19:44 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Johnny Pierre
    January 6, 2011 - 22:33 | Permalink

    Rachel Sweet…any idea what's she's up to these days? I always thought she would stick around and make more music over the years…hmmm, I'm gonna have to reasearch this one!

  • Mercury Joe
    January 7, 2011 - 00:49 | Permalink

    Wow – this sounds way ahead of its time to my ears. Indie pop that's weird AND radio ready — my sweet spot.

  • Anonymous
    January 7, 2011 - 01:54 | Permalink

    Rachel is working in television these days, mostly behind the scenes. She's also done some acting…she appeared in probably the most famous episode of Seinfeld,'The Contest.'


  • Brian
    January 7, 2011 - 02:17 | Permalink

    Who does Leeeeeeeza LIKE!

  • melvinrussell
    January 7, 2011 - 05:21 | Permalink

    I thought Fool Around was great back in the day. I had it on vinyl. I never got the two that followed, though I remember having the "Everlasting Love" single with Rex Smith. Years later I got Fool Around on CD and still really enjoyed it. Since then I've been very interested in revisiting her following LPs, but good luck finding them.

  • W
    January 7, 2011 - 05:25 | Permalink

    Didn't know that about Seinfeld. Try To Be Amused posted another Sweet album this week. I personally don't remember hearing any of them after the debut.

  • Art Ducko
    January 7, 2011 - 09:21 | Permalink

    Thanks, boss. If it ain't Sweet, it's not worth a fuck.

  • Blank Frank
    January 7, 2011 - 09:58 | Permalink

    W, Thanks for the mention of AYBCW. Funny thing about Rachel Sweet is that almost no one I knew then shared my interest in RS. It's nice to know that I was not alone. The 2nd LP is a good one well worth hearing. Nice share, W. Thanks again.

    Art, maybe my t-shirt should have said that back in the day!

  • Mylene McSnapper
    January 7, 2011 - 12:09 | Permalink

    The first four so called bonus tracks listed were definitely on the first pressing of the Australian version of Fool Around. I think we got coloured vinyl as well. Haven't heard this for ages. Thanks :)

  • Ghost1000
    January 7, 2011 - 21:25 | Permalink


    Thanks for this, excellent post. I have to admit I'm a sucker for all Rachel Sweets releases. I'm going to go out on a limb here, I know for a fact there's a 1983 (think that's the year, might be 84) Demo for an unreleased 5th album, I have seen the tracklist once but not heard it and can't remeber one single song name. That would really be a treat if anyone's got it to post. There's also a 1990 Barbie (soundtrack for the saturday morning cartoon) that has not got Rachel credited on it but it's her singing and credited for penning one of the tracks. It's "Barbie – The Look.

    if you Willard would like the rest of the albums and a couple of singles I'd be happy to oblige.

    About this release, is'nt it amazing how big names like Elvis Costello wrote songs for her and the resident house band The Rumour played on it and she was only 16… gotto love a story like that

    Cheers, Kasper

  • Tim Borland
    January 8, 2011 - 16:34 | Permalink

    I remember when this girl was around way back when, but never really heard much of her music. Man, was she ever versatile! She had/has a really good voice, not to mention a great musical pedigree! Willard, please, do take Kasper up on his offer already!:P I personally want to hear more! Thanks for giving us something different here (yes, that was a pun;)) and, as always, for the excellent work that you do here!

  • W
    January 8, 2011 - 18:06 | Permalink

    Thanks for the offer, Ghost, but my Sweet interest is limited.

    Scott, give a try at the Try To Be Amused link, above, for another taste. And… Google is always your friend for more. Thanks for the comments.

  • Anonymous
    January 9, 2011 - 18:28 | Permalink

    A really great overlooked record. And, "It's So Different Here" truly is a gem. Been putting it on mixed tapes/CDs for friends for years. It never ceases to amaze. Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    February 26, 2011 - 02:47 | Permalink

    Doesd anyone know if Deke Leonard plays on this album?

  • FlashG
    August 26, 2012 - 06:54 | Permalink

    I haven’t heard this version of the album yet, cause I just got it, but the original British Stiff import LP had several songs that were different than the same songs on the US Stiff LP. More sax on the British and more guitar on the US i can’t remember which ones they were offhand, but I can probably figure them out again if the need arises. Just wondering…. Also can you get Protect The Innocent, her 2nd effort. An excellent album; I have a vinyl dub that has surface noise and would love a better copy. I do have all the Derrick country singles As & Bs and I really like them, especially Paper Airplane. And, no, Deke doesn’t play on this. Tanx

  • Tim
    February 9, 2013 - 18:06 | Permalink

    Rachel frequently writes for, and is an executive producer on, HOT IN CLEVELAND.

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