Review Revue: Suzi Quatro – The Greatest Hits

Suzi Quatro is probably the first person I’ve covered in this blog series who was also a cast member on Happy Days – which I watched quite a bit as a kid, but I don’t remember much of. But perhaps Quatro’s bass-playing character Leather Tuscadero was an early influence, subconsciously leading me to pick up the bass myself in later life? (A Google image search of “Leather Tuscadero” provides evidence that an impressionable young fellow might have responded quite positively to such a character.)

But! Before and since her appearance on TV, Quatro has had quite a formidable musical career. She recently released her fifteenth studio album, almost forty years after her first album and 45 years after her first single – she’s released 8 or 9 albums since this greatest hits collection came out. She was also, according to the internet, the first female bass player to become a major rock star. Oh, plus this album cover rules. All hail Suzi Quatro!

“Before Joan Jett there was… tacky as all get out, but a lot o’ fun.”

“Almost as good as ‘Laverne + Shirley Sing.'”

“Yeah, right! Better than Lenny & the Squigtones, at any rate. Did they ever dress like that?”

“I think you’re getting a little carried away with this ’70s fixation.”

“Oh, you’re one to talk, Jah!!! I like Suzi – so there! Can I help it that she mutated into Leather Tuscadero? That was long after any of this material was recorded. Most of these songs were written by the same songwriting team that worked w/Sweet. Nuff said!”

“I thought she had a hit remake of Dave Clark Five’s ‘Glad All Over’?”

“Some very good tunes here, especially ‘Your Mama Won’t Like Me,’ although any greatest hits collection without Suzi’s immortal ‘Lipstick’ can not be called definitive.”

“Agreed! Also ‘Rock Hard’ from the Times Square comp.”

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