Posts from 3rd August 2007

Aug 07

SUZI QUATRO – “Can The Can”

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#331, 16th June 1973

I’m pretty sure that the ‘ideal’ time for a pop songle has been revised up in my lifetime, the “three minute single” granted an unwieldy extra 30 seconds, which would make “Can The Can” a shot at perfection – except it stops, breathless, at two minutes five and has nowhere much to go from there. Quatro uses the breakdown to show her range, climbing from kittenish to kick-ass, and just proves what the first two peerless minutes suggested: nobody needs to hear her do soft and quiet. I’m simply not buying her mewing “can the can, honey” after hearing “SCRATCH OUT HER EYES!”. That moment is the song’s peak – it’s awesomely exciting, partly because the overdubbed Quatro-voices are so sharp and shrill and partly because of the way it barges into the song and just kicks aside the whole eagle/tiger/cat metaphor to show the violence in the glam dance.

Disgraced National Hero Has Chance To Become Hero Again (If It Weren’t For The Disgrace)

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Remember Woo Suk Hwang? Of course you do. He was the South Korean scientist who got the first stem cells from a cloned embryo. This is a big deal, what with cloning being a bit of a hot topic, and stem cell research even more of a hot topic in certain countries. It was a massive deal in South Korea where Dr Hwang was made a national hero for beating the rest of the world at this immensely difficult task.

Except it turned out that during the period of peer review (which should have been done before the announcement) his results could not be replicated and he was outed as a fraud. He had actually been using embryos created from his female research assistants. National hero become disgraced, South Korea hides a bit and gets so sciencephobic it makes a film about a genetically mutated monster: The Host. (Which would be good enough for me if it was the only upshot). So far, so BAD SCIENCE cautionary tale. You don’t go straight to the press without checking your results, you cannot fake the scientific community*.