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SUZI QUATRO interview
Quatro has a new album out in August, 'In The Spotlight'. Joe Geesin catches-up
with her for a chat about the new album...
Joe How did you get back working with Mike Chapman?
Suzi We never
really separated. We're good friends, we've collaborated on a few tracks over
the years, and he oversaw my last album, Back To The Drive, which came out on
EMI. Andy Scott from The Sweet produced the recording, Mike was more of an
executive producer. It was kinda autobiographical and after that I did my book,
Unzipped. That exorcised a lot of stuff and Mike said “Why don't I do your next
album” and I gave him complete control, I trusted him, he made the decisions,
and it all worked out great.
Suzi I think
mostly it's just a rock'n'roll record, a few covers, a few of Mike's songs, a
few of mine. I covered an Elvis song on there, he's been my hero, since I was
about 5 years old. When I did the tribute song, Singing With Angels, the
Jordonaires get 100s of requests a year and turn them down, but I did the track
and within minutes they got back to me, saying it was the best one ever, and it
was great to work with them on that.
Suzi Not until the
album's out, which is in August. I'm touring all the time, I've got gigs in
Australia coming up, so we need to set something up in the UK, probably be early
next year, by which time the album will have had time to settle in.
Suzi Are you kidding? I love it, I live for it, it is my life.
Joe Going back to the early 70s, how did you get to work with Mickie Most?
Suzi He came over
to Detroit with Jeff Beck to do an album at Motown (with Cozy Powell, album
remains unreleased) and he was invited to a gig I was doing. He then invited me
over to England to work in his studios.
Suzi I didn't know
Mike back then, I was recording with Mickie and went on tour, by then he'd
signed (Micky) Chinn & (Mike) Chapman as writers. I got working with them,
working out my style, and they came up with Can The Can.
Suzi He was my
hero, it was one of the reasons I signed with Mickie. I only did vocals on a
couple of tracks but it was a lot of fun.
Suzi I think I
did. Yes, I did. I did a lot of sessions, if Mickie needed someone he'd call my
band. I played with Mick Waller, Peter Frampton, a lot of people. I did the RAK
Rocks Britain tour with Cozy Powell and The Arrows too.
Suzi I believed in
what we were doing, otherwise you wouldn't be doing it. You don't work that hard
unless you believe in it.
Suzi Yes, my first ever, it was excellent, I loved it.
Joe You've also
appeared in stage productions, how does that compare with TV work?
Suzi Not a lot, I would love to do a movie, a movie of my life would fun.
Joe Which musicians, dead or alive, would you most like to work with?
Suzi Elvis, Otis Redding, I'd love to play bass behind Billie holiday.
Joe Who are your influences?
Suzi As a bassist, James Jamerson, the original Motown bassist.
Joe What were the first and last records you bought?
Suzi My first was by Bobby Darin, when I was a child. The last was Adele.
Joe Will the Pleasure Seekers play together again?
Suzi I don't know,
who knows? It would be fun. They were a teenage garage band, so I've not moved
forward that much (laughs), but more girly, more bubblegum, now I have more
Suzi I think fans know them all now, with the power of the internet.
Joe Do you still have the leather catsuit?
Suzi I do, I still
wear it onstage. I have some of my early ones in my Ego Room up on the third
Suzi Just stick with me, I'm not done shaking my ass.