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Devil Gate Drive
by Suzi Quatro


Simon Sweetman's New Zealand blog "Off The Tracks" featured an interview with Suzi Quatro by himself (under the pseudonym 'Mark Reid') in May 2017. Some of it I've reproduced below - the rest is quite insightful too, so click the link underneath to read more:


Susan Kay Quatroccio was born in America but made her name in England, then struggled to make a huge dent in the American charts, despite a recurring cameo in "Happy Days" ('Leather Tuscadero'). Still, the string of hits, beginning with "Can the Can" and "Devil Gate Drive" was, at its time, pretty formidable. For the majority of the 1970s, Suzi Quatro was a big deal - the female Marc Bolan. She runs me, at blistering pace and with barely a breath taken, through the chronology.

"Well, you know I started young. My siblings are all musicians. My father was. Very musical family. I played percussion and piano by age 9, and then when we started a family band I played bass. It looked big because I was small. I was 14. My first band ['Pleasure Seekers'] got me out and doing some playing. Then Mickie Most [record producer] discovered me, took me to England."

So how did the image come about?

"I just like leather. Elvis Presley was so important to me, growing up. And I was in awe of the "'68 Comeback Special", you know, where he's in the black leather suit. And I just decided that would be what I would do. And I did."

Things dried up for Quatro in the 1980s, despite best attempts she relaxed into a handful of acting roles and became a mother. But the woman with the ferocious memory looks at it a bit differently.

"The only time in my incredible 43-year career that I took time off was for the months when I was pregnant with my two children [Laura, born 1982; Richard, born 1984]. Apart from that I've been on the road."

[ Much more at: http://offthetracks.co.nz/down-at-devil-gate-drive-with-suzi-quatro-an-interview-by-mark-reid/ ]


Although she had some singles and album chart activity in the US around the 1974 period, this particular release did not amount to anything in itself, and she never really took off properly in her own country until about 1979. In the UK however, this song was a No. 1 smash for two weeks at the end of February 1974 - it also stayed in the Top 40 for nine weeks.
1974 - RAK Records - United Kingdom
Posted: 11th February 2019
Born in 1954, leaving education by 1972, 'glam' was my thing, "Ziggy" Bowie my hero. I was even the only guy in my town with the haircut (though not the carrot red colouring!). Therefore every seventh selection is a Bowie track.
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