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It's A Silk Sash Bash: Suzi Quatro's 13 Favourite Albums
Ben Graham , October 25th, 2017 09:42

The one-time Leather Tuscadero talks to Ben Graham about the records that changed her life, plus breaking down barriers, seeking new challenges and being snubbed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame


Bob Dylan- Blonde On Blonde
It was a pivotal album for me. I got turned on to Bob Dylan about the age of 14. I went to see a band in Detroit play and the bass player in that band - he actually wore his bass very low, and I took that too. I thought ooh, I like that. You know, at 14 you're getting everything from everywhere, all your influences, and he played me this album. I play it all the time still. I think it's one of his best - that and Nashville Skyline. I'm a huge Dylan fan. I'm a word girl myself: if you listen to the stuff I've written, the words are very important. I used to sit down in my basement, where I slept, and recite his lyrics to people. I mean, that's sad. I did that all the time. Come down! And I'd read them. So that's what you call a serious fan. And it's a very Gemini thing, apparently. He's a Gemini too, and we like our words. The main track on that one for me is 'Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again'. He says 'Oh Mama' eight different ways and he never repeats himself. I can still hear it now. I've got it here by my back door and I play it all the time. And what about 'Rainy Day Women'? You've got people laughing in there and everything. That must have been one hell of a joint they were smoking!