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Fox On The Run

Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Andy Scott, Mick Tucker

The final song recorded for the album was almost an afterthought: A cover of the U.K. glam band The Sweet's classic "Fox On The Run" that had been a hit single in 1975. The band had originally recorded two versions: The original appearing on their 1974 "Desolation Boulevard" album, and the second, a more commercial sounding version, following in 1975. It would be the latter that become the hit, and the version covered by Ace. It originally hit #2 in the U.K. and #5 on the U.S. Billboard charts, earning an RIAA gold single. While Ace had written and produced all of the material for the album to that point, the cover came about from a suggestion from his make-up artist, Pam Aresti. According to Ace, "I told a bunch of people I was working with about the idea, and they all jumped on it. I was talking to a friend of mine, and he said the first time his wife heard Sweet do that song she thought it was me" (Modern Guitars Magazine). One idea considered was to perform the song as a cover with Joan Jett, though scheduling issues prevented that idea from coming to fruition. Fellow Runaways alumnus Lita Ford was also considered as a possible vocalist for a duet (3SoTC). While mixing the rest of the album, Ace recorded the song at Poppy Studios in Burbank, CA with Marti, working his magic with Pro Tools and completing the basic track in less than five hours. Ace cut the solo the following day. Marti originally programmed bass, keyboards, and drums, and sang backing vocals in addition to producing the track. Ultimately, drummer Brian Tichy, from Foreigner who was also working at the studio at the time (3SoTC), was brought in to give the song a more human feel. Ultimately, the cover did become the album's second single.

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