Little Suzi's on the Up

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"Little Suzi's on the Up"
Little Suzi's on the Up.jpg
Single by Ph.D.
from the album Ph.D.
B-side "I'm Gonna Take You to the Top"
Released 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre New wave, pop rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 3:14
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Jim Diamond, Tony Hymas
Producer(s) Ph.D.
Ph.D. singles chronology
"Little Suzi's on the Up"
(1981)
"I Won't Let You Down"
(1982)

"Little Suzi's on the Up"
(1981)
"I Won't Let You Down"
(1982)

"Little Suzi's on the Up" is a song by British new wave group Ph.D. The song was released as the band's first single, appearing on their self-titled debut. The video for the song was notable for being the fifth music video shown during MTV's launch on August 1, 1981.[1] It is sometimes misspelled by music video stations as Susie or Suzy. Suzi is the correct spelling.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song is comical and features fast motion at times. It begins with keyboardist Tony Hymas arriving and taking out a "roll out" keyboard from his case and applying it onto the piano to play. It then moves on to lead singer Jim Diamond, who is a butcher, chopping meat and dancing with a pig that has a number on it, as he would be with "Suzi" when they go ballroom dancing which then features a judge who appears constantly with two scorecards. It moves on to Suzi who is at a salon getting her hair done and decides to dance with a hairdryer surprising the salonist. It then shows Diamond with his tuxedo on, ironing his trousers with steam arising. When he looks into the mirror, a picture appears of the guy that he imagines he would be at the dance; this is also the same with Suzi. It then features the stylist (who is presumably Ruby in the song) eating a pickled egg with a cold cuts fork (the eggs are used as a running gag throughout the video). Suzi then picks up her dress from drummer Mark Craney in the closet, with the judge appearing from the hamper. Diamond arrives to pick up Suzi who comes running to his motorcycle with the trailer somehow gotten unhitched. Suzi then is seen riding behind Diamond on the motorcycle as they arrive at Hammersmith Palais featuring other ballroom dancers. Ruby, who is the saxophonist, quickly arrives at the hall trying to blow into the sax which is clogged by a pickled egg which amuses her and she eats it and continues her solo. The reoccurring judge gives them a 10, and they have won. As Suzi approaches the stage in a dignified manner, the prize is a jar of pickled eggs with the other dancers leaving in dismay. The video ends with Hymas rolling up his keyboard from the piano back into his case and leaving the stage.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Little Suzi's on the Up"3:14
2."I'm Gonna Take You to the Top"3:30

Tesla version[edit]

"Little Suzi"
Little Suzi (Tesla).jpg
Single by Tesla
from the album Mechanical Resonance
B-side "Cumin' Atcha Live" (remix)
Released March 1987
Format 7", 12"
Recorded Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York, 1986
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 4:55 (album version)
3:52 (radio edit)
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s) Jim Diamond, Tony Hymas
Producer(s) Steve Thompson, Michael Barbiero
Tesla singles chronology
"Modern Day Cowboy"
(1987)
"Little Suzi"
(1987)
"Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)"
(1989)

"Modern Day Cowboy"
(1987)
"Little Suzi"
(1987)
"Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)"
(1989)

Hard rock band Tesla covered the song in 1986 under the name "Little Suzi". Tesla released the cover as the second single from their debut album, Mechanical Resonance. The single broke Tesla into the mainstream and was the most successful single from their debut, reaching #91 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Music video[edit]

The video for Tesla's version simply shows the band performing the song on a stage.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Little Suzi" (radio edit)3:52
2."Cumin' Atcha Live" (remix)4:02

Charts[edit]

Charts (1987) Peak
US 100[2] 91
US Main. Rock[4] 22

Personnel[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bickel, Brad (October 9, 2013). "The First 20 Music Videos Ever Played On MTV". KRTH. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Tesla Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tesla - Little Suzi (1987) (Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tesla Chart History - Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved August 14, 2016.