Suzi Quatro by Suzi Quatro 1973 Rak Records

Suzi Quatro by Suzi Quatro 1973 Rak Records

Suzi Quatro by Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro by Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro is the debut solo studio album by the American glam rock singer-songwriter and bass guitarist of the same name. It was originally released in late 1973, by the record label Rak. The album was titled Can the Can in Australia.
In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a “B” and wrote that “nothing in her own songwriting equals the one-riff rock of the two Chapman-Chinn singles, especially “48 Crash,” and the last time I got off on someone dressed entirely in leather was before John Kay started repeating himself.”[4] In a retrospective review for AllMusic Dave Thompson gave the album four and half stars and wrote that “Suzi Quatro remains one of the most nakedly sexual albums of the entire glam rock epoch — and one of the hottest debuts of the decade.”
Track Listing

All tracks composed by Suzi Quatro and Len Tuckey; except where indicated

Side one

1. “48 Crash” (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) – 3:54

2. “Glycerine Queen” – 3:47

3. “Shine My Machine” – 3:49

4. “Official Suburbian Superman” – 3:05

5. “I Wanna Be Your Man” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:09

6. “Primitive Love” (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) – 4:13

Side two
7. “All Shook Up” (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley) – 3:48

8. “Sticks & Stones” – 3:41

9. “Skin Tight Skin” – 4:21

10. “Get Back Mama” (Quatro) – 5:52

11. “Shakin’ All Over” (Johnny Kidd)[5] – 3:33

12.”Can the Can” (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) – 3:34

Susan Kay “Suzi” Quatro (born June 3, 1950) is an American glam rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women’s participation in rock music.
In the 1970s Quatro scored a string of hit singles that found greater success in European and Australian territories than in her homeland. Following a recurring role as bass player Leather Tuscadero on the popular American sitcom Happy Days, her duet “Stumblin’ In” with Chris Norman reached number 4 in the U.S., and became her only Number One hit in Australia in 1979.
Quatro released her eponymous debut album in 1973. Since then, she has released fifteen studio albums, ten compilation albums, and one live album. Her solo hits include “Can the Can”, “48 Crash”, “Daytona Demon”, “Devil Gate Drive”, and “Your Mamma Won’t Like Me”.
Between 1973 and 1980, Quatro was awarded six Bravo Ottos. In 2010, she was voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame. Quatro has sold over 50 million albums and continues to perform live, worldwide. Her most recent album was released in 2011 and she also continues to present new radio programmes.
Weekends Are For Vinyl – Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro
This 1974 release by Suzi Quatro is a forty of whisky, two packs of smokes and a trashed hotel room from a blackout drunk night of debauchery and wild sex rolled into a blasphemous musical experience.
Quatro never really made it in North America, but blew up in Europe after famed producer Mickie Most (The Animals, Jeff Beck, Donovan) discovered her in Detroit, her hometown. Once in Europe, her first single “Rolling Stone” hit number one – in Portugal. It wasn’t until 1973 that Quatro garnered a number one hit across Europe and Australia with “Can the Can”, which is found on this record. “Can the Can” has a tone of empowerment – it’s about kicking ass and taking names, for women not to put up with testosterone-fuelled bullshit.
Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro
Her next single, “48 Crash” was a blistering, raunchy track jammed with hard guitar riffs and vocals dripping with blues but cry rock and roll. It’s the first track on side one and it shows Quatro’s ability to roar like a thunderous lion pissed off at the world – found in a belting, gravely scream near the end of the track. Both of these singles became gold records after selling over a million copies a piece.
On this, her full-length debut, Quatro tackles a couple ambitious covers – “I Wanna Be Your Man”, a Beatles tune she takes to a different realm by twisting the sound into something downright dirty – a ripping guitar solo in the middle gives a lovey-dovey McCartney-Lennon tune a more aggressive, hard rock sound. “All Shook Up”, written by Elvis, is just damn hot. Quatro turns the smooth vocals of Elvis into a rock and blues mash-up, like something Ann Wilson and Heart would have done. It also has a couple absolutely badass keyboard solos in it. I would be lying if I didn’t think this version was better than the original. Quatro and her blues-based band really tear it up.
“Primitive Love” kicks off like a tribal jungle dance, thunderous drums followed up by a choir of males chanting about, well, primitive love. It’s certainly a barebones song, nothing special – well, outside of Quatro’s absolutely erotic vocals – the vocals are limited, but capture the singer’s pure rock ‘n’ roll sexuality. The Runaways and Joan Jett are known to have drawn from Quatro’s wild and empowering style of rock.
The back of the album touts Quatro’s sound as the combination of the “hard-nosed” rock of Detroit with “the rhythmic, almost sophisticated sound” coming out of London in the early ’70s. Truly, they’re right. Quatro’s sound is mesmerizing in it’s own way – loud, abrasive, empowered and tough – with the leather jacket, ripped jeans and long hair to prove it.
Andrew Livingstone combs through the dusty racks of vinyl at record stores, thrift shops, garage sales and anywhere else hidden treasures and forgotten gems might lurk, and brings us his findings.)

– by Andrew LivingstonePublished On: September 24, 2011

NYRock Interview: Suzi Quatro
Some people don’t get older, they just get better. Do you remember Suzi Quatro? If not, don’t worry, it’s always better the first time.
A ground-breaking veteran of the music biz, Suzi’s unfettered wildness can be heard in the lyrics of many of her tunes. For example, in “The Wild One” (included in her 1995 greatest hits release What Goes Around), she sings, “I’m a blue-eyed bitch and I wanna get rich.” In reality, however, Suzi Q is a seasoned professional, well-spoken and decidedly gracious.
NYRock: With worldwide sales of 45 million records and 16 hit singles, many that date back to the seventies, you have quite a track record. Yet many young fans may not be familiar with you. What would you tell them to expect from Suzi Quatro?
Quatro: Always expect the unexpected. Lots of rock’n’roll, emotion, and diversity including acting, musicals, radio shows, and lectures on spiritual matters.
Confused? Don’t be. Just look in a book about Geminis and you’ll have all the answers.

You’re clearly a progenitor for female rockers like Donita Sparks of L7, Joan Jett and others. How does it feel to have influenced these women? What do you think of their work?

Quatro: I am flattered to have been the woman to have opened the door for female rockers to be accepted into the mainly male industry. Joan was one of my biggest fans, as was Chrissie Hynde. I always listen to and do my homework on any up-and-coming females. I do take my musicianship seriously! Enough said.

What was it like being one of the first real women rockers? How did people react to you in your early days? Do you think you should be getting more recognition for your ground-breaking work today?


Initially, it was more of a case of learning my craft and with it came self-respect. As far as more recognition goes, I am happy with the amount of love and respect I have received from other artists and the public. Of course, I would love more, and think I deserve it.


The ’70s were a pretty wild time for you, I imagine, touring with Slade and hanging out with Marc Bolan of T-Rex. What can you share with us from this period?


My feet never touched the ground. Lots of good groups with crazy and unique images. It was wild. I spent all of my time doing gigs, TV appearances, interviews, or recording. I could write a book — and probably will.

NYRock: Could you tell us about your recent recording efforts? I heard you have a couple of uncompleted albums waiting for release.
Quatro: The last released album was What Goes Around. It includes re-recordings and four new songs.

I have recorded nine tracks for a new album which I financed myself and am looking for a home for. Producers include Mike Chapman, Mickie Most and Sunscreen. All except two tracks were written by me and two by Mike.


You took a bit of a hiatus from rock and roll in the ’80s to pursue an acting career. Could you tell us about that?


In addition to Happy Days from 1977 to 1979 [in which Suzi played the part of an up-and-coming rock’n’roller named Leather Tuscadero, a character based on herself], I did Annie Get Your Gun in the London West End in 1986. Also, the TV series Dempsey and Makepeace [a British crime drama] where I played a psychotic murderer. Then my own TV chat show in England in 1989.

Between 1980 and 1990, I was very busy doing all of these things — lots of TV shows. In 1991, I wrote and starred in a musical about Talullah Bankhead. I am about to start my own radio show on the BBC, beginning January 1999, to run for 13 weeks every Saturday night at 9 pm. Remember I said to expect the unexpected…

NYRock: What made you return to rock and roll?
Quatro: After I got divorced [from Len Tucky in 1992], I rediscovered my music. Len and I had parted musical ways and this was one of the problems. I now have the band of my dreams and am able to do (besides rock and roll) more musical material. I play piano and drums, which were part of my training as a musician.
NYRock: How’s touring going?

I am busy touring all over Europe, Japan, and Australia. There are serious negotiations going on for a movie of my life [a New York film company is interested in this venture, with Suzi making the soundtrack for the movie — look for a possible tour of the States after its release].
This is a dream of mine and hopefully will include some up-to-date material and bring me back home [to the States where Suzi was born and raised, she currently resides in England and Germany].

by Mason Hawk, October 1998