Happy Friday, Toads! I received a request for a music prompt that might satisfy the Seventies Girls amongst us. Embracing that label for myself as well, I have been considering this request all month. After all, we have been inspired by Patti Smith! And Joan Armatrading! Nonetheless, I understood the spirit of this request and decided to pull out the big guns. I mean, the Serious Big Guns:
Today, we are taking what I hope will be significant inspiration from rock pioneer Suzi Quatro.
Suzi Quatro was the first female bass player to become a major rock
star, at a time when rock music was almost entirely dominated by men.
Suzi Quatro came before Joan Jett, before Lita Ford, before Tina
Weymouth (of the Talking Heads), before them all. An American artist living in England,
Suzi Quatro enjoyed success in Europe and Australia throughout the
1970's before her duet with Chris Norman, "Stumblin' In," topped the US
Suzi Quatro was also known to American audiences as Leather Tuscadero on the sitcom Happy Days. Her song "Rock Hard," our prompt today, was featured in the cult
film Times Square, featuring Tim Curry and Trini Alvadaro. (All of the above made a major impact on Your Faithful Editor. Just saying. --Ed.)
Suzi Quatro continues to release new music and tour to this day. Most recently, in fall 2011, she released a fantastic cover of
Goldfrapp's "Strict Machine."
Let's Rock and Write Hard, Toads!