Devil Gate Drive

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"Devil Gate Drive"
The front cover of Suzi Quatro's single Devil Gate Drive. Quatro is standing in the centre with her right hand on her hips and the other hand behind her. Standing behind her, on either side, are two members of her band. She is wearing a leather jacket, jeans, and many necklaces. The cover is in black and white with the words "Suzi Quatro" and "Devil Gate Drive" in hot pink.
Single by Suzi Quatro
from the album Quatro
B-side "In the Morning"
Released 10 February 1974
Format 7"
Genre Glam rock[1]
Label RAK Records
Writer(s) Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Producer(s) Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Certification Gold (BPI)[2]
Suzi Quatro singles chronology
"Daytona Demon"
(1973)
"Devil Gate Drive"
(1974)
"Too Big"
(1974)

"Devil Gate Drive" is a song performed by Suzi Quatro.[3] It was Quatro's second (and final) solo number one single in the UK, spending two weeks at the top of the chart in February 1974. According to ukcharts.20m.com, she only reached number one again, in the UK, 13 years and 26 days later (as part of the Ferry Aid band in a charity version of the Lennon–McCartney song "Let It Be").[4]

Written and produced by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, "Devil Gate Drive" was the second number one in a row for the "ChinniChap" writing and production team, following the success of "Tiger Feet" by Mud.[5] The single was re-recorded for Quatro's 1995 album What Goes Around as the opening track. The track was the B-side to the re-release in 1987, when "Can the Can" became a minor hit.

A vocal extract was used on Orbital's "Bigpipe Style". The song was featured on the show Happy Days, during season 5, on the episode "Fonzie and Leather Tuscadero, Part II". Quatro played Leather Tuscadero on the show.

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