Thunderthighs (also known as "Thunder Thighs") were a high-profile UKbacking vocal group, who became artists in their own right.
The female trio, consisting of Karen Friedman, Dari Lalou (American) and Casey Synge,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. It also reached number 3 on the Radio Northsea Toppers 20, number 5 on the Swedish Poporama singles chart, number 24 on London's Capital Radio chart and number 25 on the Radio Luxembourg top thirty. 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. De Paul recorded her own version of the song at the B-side to her single "No Honestly" later that year. Dari Lallou performed all the speaking parts throughout the song, including "Book him" at the end, misheard at the time as being a similar sounding profanity and getting the record temporarily banned by the BBC, until it was re-voiced over.
Further singles followed such as "Dracula's Daughter" (1974) (produced by Steve Rowland)that received a glowing review from Record and Popswop Mirror and reached number 16 on the Swedish Poporama single chart; as well as "Stand Up and Cheer" and their final single release "Loving You Ain't Easy". An album was recorded, but was shelved at the time since further hits were not forthcoming, although it is now available at BR Music and on iTunes. The track listing is:-
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.
In addition, Thunderthighs worked with the following:
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