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Lollards in the high church of low culture

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By: Phil

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:13:22 +0000

"Come back and shake me" (written by Kenny Young) is pure filth, I discover to my surprise. The conceit seems to be that the singer's an abandoned doll that needs to be mended and, er, played with again... My room is my house, my bed is my home My pillow's my friend, my only friend Your old baby doll, your raggedy doll Is waiting for you to play again Not sure we can say that now, Mr Young. Towards the end she's even asking him to "bring your old tools". (Tools plural, but still.) I bought "Can the Can" (aged 12 going on 13), but I can't say Suzi ever did anything for me. My earliest Pop Sex memory is of Pan's People dancing to "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" and "Tears of a Clown", when I was much younger (much younger for the first one). Then of course there was Bolan, and Bowie and "Starman", and Ferry and "Pyjamarama" (which was actually about sex!!1!)... Coming up a bit empty on GURLS hem-hem. Looking back I went more for Falling In Love than leching, from quite early on - I was hopelessly in love with Cilla for a while (and if that doesn't show my age I don't know what would).

By: Larry

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 19:43:34 +0000

Love this and totally agree with Phil O'Malley in #50. I can remember hearing "48 Crash" for the first time (years after its release) and being grabbed by the surrealism of what I could hear of the lyrics, and the general joy in it. US #1 at this time - McCartney's yucky "My Love"

By: hectorthebat

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 11:47:43 +0000

Critic watch: Bruce Pollock (USA) - The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 (2005) Gilles Verlant and Thomas Caussé (France) - 3000 Rock Classics (2009) Toby Creswell (Australia) - 1001 Songs (2005)

By: Lena

Tue, 07 May 2013 09:17:52 +0000

One the One: Thanks for reading, everyone! More very soon!

By: Jimmy the Swede

Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:26:40 +0000

I caught Wichita's all too brief contribution concerning the Glam period last night on Radio 2 where he opined that he preferred 48 Crash to both CTC and DGD. I never would have agreed with this but after he played the record again (and let's face it, 48 Crash very seldom gets an outing) I'm now minded to agree with him.

By: Phil O'Malley

Tue, 26 May 2009 08:29:26 +0000

I am not quite sure that anyone here is aware of the fact that music like Suzi Quatro's-at the time of release-was important on a few different kinds of levels. Her music was a new kind of approach to rock and that Americans associate good solid rock, many times with the English...and although Suzi is not English, it had a British cool to it. To try to dissect it, rate it is foolish. It was fun and remains so. Who really cares what "Can the Can" means! Or a "48 Crash"? The Suzi Quatro look, the sound, was new and sexy and fresh...think Bowie circa '72, Roxy Music,etc. In retrospect, they all might seem over the top and kind of "not so shocking" now...but Suzi Quatro, David Bowie, Roxy Music,etc., made it really cool then. Fond memories and what a sountrack for the time that uniquely still rocks today.

By: SteveIson

Sun, 20 Jul 2008 17:34:05 +0000

48 Crash is her best for me too...that stop/start insane scream 'Your-so-YOUNG'...Its got those neat chromatic chords like early GG (i didn't know i loved you) and the Glitter band had in too-which Chinn Chapman rarely used..

By: wichita lineman

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 20:33:25 +0000

Hard to fault, tho if it had been Angel Fingers, The Dean And I, and 48 Crash the hat would have been worn at an even jauntier angle. Loved this too, even though I was a shade too young for Suzi's leathers to mean much to me. Intreeged to know exactly which 'soul/r'n'b tomboys' lord sükråt was referring to... trying to think of a 1973 proto-Kelis. Could they really exist or are you just teasing us, Noddy lover? Sadly predictable but the young ONJ was one of the first femme singers to make me "feel all weird inside", as Harry Nilsson would have it.

By: DJ Punctum

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 10:33:02 +0000

See My Baby Jive at 3, Rubber Bullets at 2 and Can The Can at the top; greatest top three ever?

By: Lena

Sun, 15 Jun 2008 21:27:35 +0000

I just heard this on today's POTP and thought I heard the first female punk!

By: mike

Mon, 20 Aug 2007 15:46:01 +0000

Now available in your nearest HMV/Virgin/Woolies/Asda etc, on a 5CD comp called 101 70s Hits. Released today, priced around 15 quid, contains a large wodge of UK Number Ones, and is notably heavy on the Roy Wood: California Man, 10538 Overture, See My Baby Jive, Angel Fingers, Forever and Dear Elaine.

By: admin

Tue, 14 Aug 2007 14:57:54 +0000

she's currently doing the PR rounds (daytime telly etc) plugging her biog btw

By: Marcello Carlin

Tue, 14 Aug 2007 14:41:12 +0000

Results 1 - 10 of about 25 for "don't drag me into your private hell". (0.35 seconds)

By: Waldo

Tue, 14 Aug 2007 14:34:22 +0000

Margaret Rutherford?

By: Marcello Carlin

Tue, 14 Aug 2007 07:30:45 +0000


By: Waldo

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 20:13:38 +0000

Erithian - It's a good job I've never mentioned my Joyce Grenfell fetish...

By: Erithian

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 10:55:19 +0000

Waldo, I didn’t comment before when you mentioned Clodagh Rodgers, but I found that an odd taste – never did it for me whereas Olivia was an altogether prettier version of the same. Still, each to his own – as I mentioned a while back, my early 70s pre-pubescent crush was Eve Graham, and I’m not sure how many people shared that particular taste! But Suzi – hell, now you’re talking. The sight of her in those leathers did things to me that I wasn’t quite sure about, being as it was just after my 11th birthday… And as for the actual song, I have to disagree with Tom’s assertion that it has nowhere much to go after the breakdown at two minutes five. For me what happens after that is essence of 1973 – the fat Glitter Band drums, the re-establishment of the riff, the slightly menacing vocal building back up to near-hysteria. Where other records of the era could and did repeat until fade, this did something else entirely, and was all the more memorable because of it. Fun, life-enhancing, and yet it was still basically nonsense. Like I said, essence of ’73.

By: Waldo

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 09:50:58 +0000

Marcello - Exactly right. And, as I have mentioned at another time, Clodagh's Euro song, "Jack in the Box" went even further with her promise to "bounce up and down on my (ie: MY) spring..." Boom Boom indeed. And Woo-Hoo as well.

By: Marcello Carlin

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 09:31:56 +0000

Noddy was neither scary nor hot to me; you're not going to get me on this one... Saw Denise van Outen the other day in that terrible TV ad for Morrison's supermarkets and she now appears to be modelling herself on the aforementioned Clodagh. Again I was far too young to appreciate fully the sensuality of "Come Back And Shake Me" but now I can understand why it shot up, and so did the single, boom boom...

By: Waldo

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 09:27:03 +0000

No rock chick could hold a candle to Clodagh Rogers. She looked just like the girlies who featured on the covers of all those "Top of the Pops" albums, the "Now..." of their day.

By: pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 09:21:31 +0000

late 60s UK R&B not aimed chartwards, let alone at horny gender-confused teens, so yr point falls -- also they were both singers, not bass-players incidence of tomboyism in soul and R&B is interesting question, tho "I think one has to turn" -- yes plz note that yr libido is PARTICULAR TO YOU, and does not impact on the truth of mine -- what you mean here is "I had to turn" (naturally i consider yr overbroad protestation to be secret admission of the scary hottness of noddy) :D

By: doofuus2003

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 08:52:23 +0000

Not sure about the girrls in rock thing; I'm not accessing any database but an imperfect memory, but in the UK was not Maggie Bell already with Stone the Crows, maybe also Elkie Brooks with DaDa, pre-Vinegar Joe? Not that I like either of them any more than SQ, i.e. didn't care for any of 'em really. For the attractive female singers, I think one has to turn to the soul and r'n'b field, (but please exclude Tina Turner)

By: Mark G

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 08:12:04 +0000

again, what Marc said.

By: Marcello Carlin

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 07:19:36 +0000

I MUST see that Willie Rushton/Suzi Q musical about Tallulah Bankhead NOW!!!

By: Brian

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 20:47:06 +0000

Interview with Suzi Q - about her new thingy :,,2139779,00.html