Posts from 10th October 2007

Oct 07

SUZI QUATRO – “Devil Gate Drive”

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#344, 23rd February 1974

Chinn/Chapman confirm their headlock on the charts with a second number one in a row – another bubblegum playback of rock’n’roll. The strengths here are Mud’s weaknesses, a chorus and a lead vocal crammed with snarl and charisma. And the weaknesses are Mud’s strengths – off-the-shelf rhythms and a skinny biscuit-box bottom end. I think Quatro works the breakdown and build-up better here than on “Can The Can”, though obviously the two tracks are very much drawn from the same well. (Great interplay with the slavering gang of “boys”, too.)