City Slang: “Suzi Quatro” revisited

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Monday’s news that Detroit native and England resident Suzi Quatro has had to cancel her highly anticipated DMA appearance after falling from airplane steps in Kiev and breaking her knee and wrist was incredibly disappointing, and only slightly softened by the follow-up news that the Pleasure Seekers and Cradle would be performing without her, replacing Suzi with someone from 4 Non Blondes.

However, we will always have the records and now seems as good a time as any to re-spin Suzi Quatro, our girl’s self-titled debut album from ‘73. Quatro’s Detroit band Pleasure Seekers had morphed into Cradle and then broken up by the time Brit uber-producer Mickie Most (the Animals, Lulu, Donovan) discovered her and convinced her to fly to Blighty to make a record.

A single in ‘72, “Rolling Stone” disappeared quickly (except in Portugal, where it went to number one), but then came “Can the Can”, a primal rocking stomp that successfully (if unintentionally) tapped into the then-enormous glam/glitter rock scene in England. That single went to number one in Britian, and this album rode that success to the top.

“48 Crash” is another Quatro classic, and there are covers here of rock standards like “All Shook Up”, “Shakin’ All Over” and the Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Man”. All is injected with Quatro’s Detroit-style, leather-clad attitude mixed with that simplistic glitter stomp.

City Slang will write more about Quatro in the coming weeks as she gets honored at the DMAs. One thing’s for sure though – she shouldn’t ever be forgotten.

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