Suzi Quatro - Legend album review

Back with a new album, tour, plus this remastered ‘best of’

Cover art for Suzi Quatro - Legend album

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As she sings on her 1974 hit The Wild One: ‘I’m a red-hot fox, I can take the knocks/Isoftwareuiphraseguid=“38273f06-fd4c-492d-9e39-99c000643aef”>SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“acabb577-8370-4860-ab7c-d361d8fe3d54” id=“b86adf04-f2c7-410e-9f34-8d579f9bec74”>’m a hammer from hell/ Honey, can’t you tell?’ Damn right.

Before anyone, there was Suzi. Bass-player and singer with the terrific all-girl 1960s garage band The Pleasure Seekers – the band she formed with her sisters at the age of 14 in Detroit, Michigan. Original leather catsuit clad inspiration for Joan Jett. Doubtless you know her eight Top 20 UK hits between 1973 and 1979; the tremendous Can The Can, the electrifying Daytona Demon, the rampant Devil Gate Drive, and so forth. Alongside Glitter and Holder and Bowie, she defined glam rock on British (and Australian) screens during that era – but she always had a harder, leaner edge than her contemporaries.

Here, one felt, was a singer who lived it – and with a female swagger that set her apart in an age of cock-rock strut. No one doubted Suzi, or the ferocity of her big-hearted, good-natured, rip-roaring biker anthems. (Quatro later claimed ownership of “symbolic cock rock”.) Ironic, then, that her biggest (and pretty much only) American hit was softwareuiphraseguid=“591c31d5-717a-4413-80d3-d2a4460cae46”>SOFTWAREmark” gingersoftwareuiphraseguid=“00b7f30f-a6af-464b-953c-931ef57a2384” id=“317e3a6e-ede9-462e-bd13-d22e8285b4bd”>Stumblin’ In, the sweet gravel-throated duet with Smokie singer Chris Norman.

All the aforementioned are present on this handpicked-by-the-lady-herself compilation, as are other great floor-fillers (If You Can’t Give Me Love, 48 Crash, She’s In Love With You) and lesser known but equally fine numbers such as the wink-and-a-nod Skin Tight Skin and Shine My Machine.

Further down are a couple of forgettable fillers (Suicide, Wiser Than You) and a few cannibalistic moments, but man! Suzi Quatro – what a legend!

The reissue comes on gold coloured double vinyl.

Everett True started life as The Legend!, publishing the fanzine of that name and contributing to NME. Subsequently he wrote for some years for Melody Maker, for whom he wrote seminal pieces about Nirvana and others. He was the co-founder with photographer Steve Gullick of Careless Talk Costs Lives, a deliberately short-lived publication designed to be the antidote to the established UK music magazines.