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Hatton, Susie - 1991 Body And Soul



ARTIST: Hatton, Susie
ALBUM: Body And Soul
LABEL: Giant
SERIAL: 9 24415-2
YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Susie Hatton - lead and backing vocals, keyboards * Bret Michaels - acoustic guitar, backing vocals, harmonica, producer * Pat Schunk guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion * John Pierce, Sean Englesby - bass * Mark Konrad - synthesizer * Jeff Schunk - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Blue Monday * 02 Feed My Fire * 03 Body And Soul * 04 The Hotter It Gets * 05 Runaway * 06 Believe In Me * 07 Wait Until Midnight * 08 Brown Sugar * 09 You Still Got Me * 10 When Love Comes Knockin'


Background
Susie Hatton's one-off album 'Body And Soul' was due in no small part to then boyfriend and Poison singer Bret Michaels. Hatton, originally from Middletown Ohio, ended up being part of the WAG brigade in Los Angeles, her name synonymous with other notorious cohorts such as Bobbie Brown and Tawny Kitaen. However, she was talented enough to have at least one high profile record on her CV, courtesy of Irving Azzoff's label Giant Records. Hatton and Michaels penned all the material and originally shopped a few of the tracks to labels who showed disinterest. They decided to record an album's worth of material nonetheless financed by Hatton's manager Howard Kaufman. Hatton's material was often compared to fellow foxes Vixen, but was probably more commercial and was comprised of original material whereas Vixen were top-heavy with other people's songs. Susie's voice wasn't the strongest (Ok, she's not going to give Ann Wilson or Janet Gardner a run for her money), but it was appropriate for the material that lay in front of her.


The Songs
Much of the material on 'Body And Soul' would be considered lightweight by todays comparison, though there is the occasional fiery moment that livens things up. Opener 'Blue Monday' is probably Susie's best known track, with a video produced for it as well (refer below). 'Feed My Fire' is a spicy number with a stomping backbeat and hot (sic) guitar lines. The chorus for this is pretty good too, throw in a honky-tonk piano for effect. Some hot poppin' bass work precedes the hi-tech outing that is 'The Hotter It Gets', while 'Believe In Me' touches on Belinda Carlisle's infectious brand of pop/rock. Hatton and Michaels ill-advisedly decide to cover the Rolling Stones 'Brown Sugar', though they get 110% for enthusiasm. Susie chucks in a few ballads for good measure, and she sounds half decent on these. The title track 'Body And Soul', 'Runaway' and 'Wait Until Midnight' demonstrate Susie in low-brow mode.


In Summary
'Body And Soul' didn't move heaven and earth in the sales department, with Giant releasing her from their contract amid the looming grunge movement. Hatton has since played a few small roles for TV (she did a few rock videos in her time too), and continued singing in L.A for some time. Her whereabouts are unknown at this point in time, but it was good adding her contribution to GD's pages considering the colour and good looks she provided the L.A scene back in the day.


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