48 Crash

Album: The Best of Suzi Quatro (1973)
Charted: 3
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Songfacts®:

  • Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who wrote several other songs for Quatro and also worked with the band Sweet, wrote this song. The lyrics are striking and disjointed, with lines like:

    Well you got the hands of a man and the face of a little boy blue

    This was typical of glam rock, where outrageous and sometimes nonsensical lyrics augmented the look and sound.
  • Chapman and Chinn never told Quatro what this song is about, but she came up with her own interpretation, deciding that it's about male menopause, a condition that can occur in men around age 48 where they experience many symptoms of female menopause (hot flashes, fatigue), as well as sexual dysfunction. "It's crazy lyrics, but to me, that makes sense," she told Songfacts. "And back then, Mike used to write kind of nonsensical lyrics. But it's one of the favorites around the world. So, I say it's about the male menopause."
  • This was Quatro's second UK hit, following the #1 "Can The Can." Born and raised in America, she moved to England when she signed with Mickie Most's RAK label. In 1975, she made a push to break through in her home country, but never came close to her UK success. She did land a role on the TV series Happy Days though, playing the role of Leather Tuscadero from 1977-1979.

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