Thunderthighs

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Thunderthighs
Origin United Kingdom
Years active 1973 (1973)–1977 (1977)
Past members
  • Karen Friedman
  • Dari Lalou
  • Casey Synge

Thunderthighs (also known as "Thunder Thighs" were a high-profile UK[1] backing vocal group, who became artists in their own right.

Career[edit]

The female trio, consisting of Karen Friedman, Dari Lalou and Casey Synge,[2] provided the backing vocals to Lou Reed's hit single, "Walk on the Wild Side" (from his 1972 Transformer album). It was around this vocal arrangement that singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul wrote their first single, "Central Park Arrest", which reached number 30 in the UK Singles Chart in 1974.[1][3] It also reached number 3 on the Radio Northsea Toppers 20,[4], number 5 on the Swedish Poporama singles chart[5], number 24 on London's Capital Radio charts and number 25 on the Radio Luxembourg top forty.[6] The single received critical acclaim, being listed in the New Musical Express as one of the best singles released in 1974 in the End Of Year Critic List.[7] Further singles followed such as "Dracula's Daughter" (1974) (produced by Steve Rowland)[8] that reached number 16 on the Swedish Poporama single chart[5], "Stand Up and Cheer"[9] and "Loving You Ain't Easy".[10] An album was recorded, but was shelved as further hits were not forthcoming, although it is now available at BR Music.[11]

They were, however, in demand and provided backing vocals for Mott the Hoople on the single version of their hit, "Roll Away the Stone" (although de Paul delivered the spoken bridge on the later The Hoople album version). Thunderthighs had already appeared on Mott the Hoople's earlier 1973 album, Mott, on the track "Hymn for the Dudes". They provided backing vocals for Elkie Brooks on two tracks on the 1975 original studio cast compilation album, Flash Fearless Versus The Zorg Women Parts 5 & 6.[12]

In addition, Thunderthighs worked with the following:[13]

Singles[edit]

  • "Central Park Arrest" (June 1974) - Philips 6006 386 – UK Singles Chart – Number 30[1]
  • "Dracula's Daughter" (November 1974) – Philips 6006 413
  • "Stand Up and Cheer" (1975) – EMI

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 559. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Thunderthighs Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Thunderthighs". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Radio Northsea Toppers 20 – 1974 – Hitnoteringen". Hitnoteringen.nl. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  5. ^ a b Stefan Heiding: Poporama - Heta högen (1992) ISBN 91-971894-1-3
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  7. ^ "Rocklist.net...NME End Of Year Lists 1974". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. 1992-05-09. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  8. ^ "70s invasion ; THUNDERTHIGHS". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Thunder Thighs - Stand Up And Cheer / I'm Free - EMI - UK - EMI 2276". 45cat.com. 1975-03-21. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  10. ^ "Thunderthighs - Loving You Ain't Easy / Shine A Light On Me - Blue Inc - UK - INC 12". 45cat.com. 1981-03-13. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Thunder Thighs - Original Masters - BR Music". Brmusic.nl. 1983-01-01. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  12. ^ "Various - Flash Fearless Versus The Zorg Women Parts 5 & 6 (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. 1974-12-31. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Thunderthighs | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-03-22.