|Review: Tygers of Pan Tang - Suzie Smiled|
Label: MCA Records
Year released: 1980
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 24, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)
The Tygers of Pan Tang are one of the NWOBHM bands that have passed the test of time and are still around today. This single preceeded their first album "Wild Cat" in 1980. A reworked version of the title track found its way on the album, while the B-side, "Tush" seemingly only appeared on the "Live At Wacken '99" album, released in 2001.
Practically anyone who was around in the early 80s has probably heard "Suzie Smiled" at one point or another. A good marriage of hard rock and metal with a little classic rock vibe make this song quite memorable and very catchy - and I do mean VERY catchy. A good all-around beat with vocals that are melodic, yet have a certain harder edge at times - I could say the singer reminds me a bit of Billy Idol(!)
"Suzie Smiled" is quite a commercial number and you won't be knocked against the wall by some killer solos or whatever - still an excellent song. "Tush", however, is much more of a rocker and the guitarists definitely took more liberty with this one, where we're treated with a few good solos that have a definitive 70s vibe (well, since this was recorded in 1980, that actually comes to no surprise :)). The opening riff reminds me a little of some Motörhead song. Not as catchy as the A-side, but metal fans will probably enjoy it more (some won't admit they like "Suzie Smiled", but we know they do ;)). "Tush" a bit on the short side, but maybe that's part of its charm. Good stuff, and a must-have for NWOBHM fans.
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