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Suzanne Rhatigan


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Irish singer/songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and vocalist Suzanne Rhatigan was raised in Dublin, but moved to London in the early ’80s, where she began to do session vocal work for record producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman. After teaching herself piano and beginning to compose her own songs, Rhatigan attracted a manager and a publisher, and continued to try to pin down a record deal through the late ’80s; when a friend played her tape for executives at Imago, her career was launched. Rhatigan chose Fred Maher to produce To Hell with Love, her bluesy 1992 debut that included guest appearances from the likes of keyboardist Bernie Worrell and singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet (who played bass). However, Imago folded shortly after the album’s release, and her career stalled. Four years later, Rhatigan resurfaced with the LP Late Developer. This is a just fantastic record with an energy and a raw sound that makes your jaw drop. It is one of the most underestimated and overseen records in modern rock history. In 1998 she released the EP Big Stick on her own Cushy Productions imprint. When I see the “similar artists” list on I wonder if there exist a more misguiding comparison in the world. She has more in common with Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses and Patti Smith (if you listen to Late Developer) than any of the one mentioned on the list. Frauenrock is just an insult.

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