With the exception of “Rock Hard,” recorded for the flop Robert Stigwood-produced punk rock film “Times Square,” “The Wild One” is my favorite Quatro song. I was a big fan of Quatro’s, but strangely never heard “The Wild One” until I saw “The Runaways” biopic in 2010, where the song was used over the opening credits. Quatro was too often dismissed as a gimmick back in the day, but she had a lot of great songs and a true pioneer. And if her 2006 album “Back to the Drive” is any indication, she hasn’t lost any of her talent over the years either.
The opening lines are VERY inspirational: “All my life I wanted to be somebody AND HERE I AM!!! I know what I’ve got, and there ain’t nobody gonna take it away from me. So let me tell ya what I am!!”
This is the Clinger Sisters doing a really awesome cover of the Easybeats’ “Good Times.” Just try not to frug too violently when you here this.
Re: the Clinger Sisters, I don’t know much about them, other than they were a group of Mormon sisters from Utah that used to perform with the Osmonds when they were very young, but then got the rock and roll bug and hooked up with the legendary and infamous self-proclaimed “Lord of Garbage” Kim Fowley, a scenario that sounds like the Russ Meyer-directed / Roger Ebert-scripted “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” … but probably not … who knows?
If you’re not sure who Fowley is, he was the manager and producer of Joan Jett’s and Lita Ford’s first band The Runaways. If you see “The Runaways” film, he’s the guy in short shorts and makeup throwing garbage and yelling obscenities at his teenage proteges (a brilliant performance by Michael Shannon, by the way).
One of my favorite Runaways songs, “Take It or Leave It” features Joan Jett on vocals, a molar-loosening drum sound by Sandy West, and a twin guitar attack by Jett and Lita Ford. From the 1977 album “Queens of Noise.”
When this song was recorded by Gilder’s band Sweeney Todd in 1975, it was a #1 hit in Canada. When Gilder left the group, a young Canadian named Bryan Adams took over as lead vocalist. While it didn’t make many inroads in America, it was an influential glitter rock track. Suzi Quatro recorded a cover. And the version on this clip wound up on the soundtrack for 2010’s “The Runaways” during the infamous opening scene (and if you’ve seen it, you know what scene I’m talking about). Gilder later went on to have a US #1 hit in 1978 with “Hot Child in the City” and later wrote Scandal’s 1984 hit “The Warrior.”