Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Song of the Day: 'She's in Love With You' by Suzi Quatro

I've read how Suzi Quatro rocked a young Kathy Valentine's world -- I somehow missed that Suzi had been in an all-female band (the Pleasure Seekers, later known as Cradle) or was a bass player, which Kath only became to gain entry into the Go-Go's -- and I know the documentary about her has garnered raves. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that other than "Stumblin' In" -- her sensational 1979 smash duet with Chris Norman -- I've never heard another song of hers. Her turn as Leather Tuscadero on "Happy Days" made her an overnight TV star,. (I, of course, wanted to be Pinky.) But her recording career made so little impact in the U.S. that Wikipedia doesn't even list her chart results here. The U.K. and Australia seem to be where her music was biggest, racking up an impressive 11 and 13 Top 40 hits, respectively, including five Number Ones. I'm making up for lost time on Spotify and while so far I haven't been all that impressed -- recommendations welcome! -- this one, also from 1979, is awfully catchy.

class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">In a 2012 interview, Quatro was asked what she thought she had achieved for female rockers in general. She replied: 
Before I did what I did, we didn't have a place in rock 'n' roll. Not really. You had your Grace Slick and all that, but that's not what I did. I was the first to be taken seriously as a female rock 'n' roll musician and singer. That hadn't been done before. I played the boys at their own game. For everybody that came afterward, it was a little bit easier, which is good. I'm proud of that. If I have a legacy, that's what it is. It's nothing I take lightly. It was gonna happen sooner or later. In 2014, I will have done my job 50 years. It was gonna be done by somebody, and I think it fell to me to do because I don't look at gender. I never have. It doesn't occur to me if a 6-foot-tall guy has pissed me off not to square up to him. That's just the way I am. If I wanted to play a bass solo, it never occurred to me that I couldn't. When I saw Elvis for the first time when I was 5, I decided I wanted to be him, and it didn't occur to me that he was a guy. That's why it had to fall to somebody like me.
Indeed. Time to watch that documentary!

Trivia: One of Quatro's sisters is Sherilyn Fenn's mother and another one was in Fanny!

1 comment: said...

Thank you for asking for recommendations!
Start with the Times Square movie soundtrack's lead-off track - ROCK HARD!
And also from her album of the same name try:
Love is Ready

From the album Suzi... and Other Four Letter Words try:
I've Never Been in Love
Mama's Boy

For the early UK hits check out the first half of The Wild One: The Greatest Hits.

And side note: she does a great cover of Nick Gilder's Roxy Roller. As did, recently, Cherie Currie.