Australian singles chart:
48 Crash entered the Kent charts on 29 October 1973 and was a #1 hit. The song was #22 on the Top 100 of 1973.
The song is on Can the Can which entered the Kent album charts on 3 December 1973 and peaked at #2.
Songwriters Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman never told Suzi what this song is about, but she came up with her own interpretation, deciding that it’s about male menopause, a condition that can occur in men around age 48 where they experience many symptoms of female menopause (hot flashes, fatigue), as well as sexual dysfunction. “It’s crazy lyrics, but to me, that makes sense,” she told Songfacts. “And back then, Mike used to write kind of nonsensical lyrics. But it’s one of the favorites around the world. So, I say it’s about the male menopause.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/suzi-quatro/48-crash
The song has long been assumed to be about male menopause. However, according to the British writer D. J. Taylor, one alternative theory is that, having boasted of their ability to write “a song about anything”, Chapman and Chinn were issued with the challenge to come up with a treatment of the 1848 United States economic crisis.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/48_Crash
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