Friday, September 04, 2009

Quid Pro Quo

My song du jour this week is Status Quo's Living On An Island. According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, this was a hit in 1979.

I have no recollection of it being around then at all, I'm sure it was earlier. I say that because I remember a teacher using it as an example of something in what must have been 1974.

Do you know?

Anyway, I love Quo. I once saw them supporting Queen and though they were hugely unfashionable even then, they were ace. I think they might have been trendy for about 10 minutes at the time of Ice In The Sun and Technicolour Dreams, and the F-C mobile phone message alert Pictures Of Matchstick Men. When they eschewed psychedelia for rock, it was great, but then came punk and the credibility was gone for good.

Still, so many great hits: Rain, Margarita Time, Old Rag Blues, Down The Dustpipe, Down Down, Red Sky, Burning Bridges, Jam Side Down - everyone a winner, everyone almost the same, but different. I'm a huge fan.

So here it is, pop pickers.


Dan W said...

In Falmouth, the small sleepy, if picture-esque seaside town in which I grew up, some bright spark suddenly realised they had a huge, unique concert ground in Pendennis Castle, with it's stunning backdrop of Falmouth bay and the Carrick Roads - and the perfect security in the form of a moat around the castle to keep out the ticketless.

So, to much excitement, the organisers set about securing some of the biggest names in rock and pop to entertain and enthrall the locals of Falmouth.

With much fanfare it was announced that Status Quo and Westlife were to play. You can imagine the reaction

Bright Ambassador said...

The good thing about Quo is that they know about the power of a building introduction. See Whatever You Want and Caroline for further details.
They're terminally unfashionable, but as Mark Radcliffe always says about them: "What's not to like?"

Chris Hughes said...

What sort of school did you go to where they used Status Quo as "an example of something"? I need to know more about this lesson.

Quo were enormous at our primary school circa '82, for some bizarre reason. The high point being their royal command performance for Prince Charles, which was televised live, and sticks in my mind for their instrumental version of the national anthem.

Five-Centres said...

Bizarrely it was a religious school, and I remember Brother Peter using it as an example. But he was a bit of a hippy.

Chris Hughes said...

I can't believe I didn't throw in my key Quo fact, which is that I regularly used to glimpse Rick Parfitt out and about when I lived in Teddington.

I once saw him and his other half outside Woolies. She was wearing leopardskin leggings.

office pest said...

Well the mighty wikipedia says 79.

You mentioning Queen and Quo has reminded me of a Tiswas prog where both bands attended (imagine that!) and along with their own latest, played one of each other's numbers.

Can't for the life of me remember which ones, but I recall thinking that Queen made a fair job of the Quo one, where Quo struggled, perhaps unsurprisingly given the 'greater complexity', shall we say, with Queen's.

But it was all done in good spirit which is what Quo are to me, the ultimate good time rock band. Like Slade used to be, and Oasis were not.

Matthew Rudd said...

Everyone, everyone had a copy of 12 Gold Bars.

I'm not sure about Marguerita Time, the song that made Alan Lancaster moan about Quo selling out, but as one who embraces the good side of naff, I don't mind hearing it every so often.

My brother was a proper rock lad and fell out with Quo when they brought in that new teenaged-looking bassist to replace Lancaster after Live Aid. And, well, The Anniversary Waltz did take things a bit too far, and they were foolish to sue Radio 1 for daring not to play their new single.

Planet Mondo said...

I've got 12 Gold Bars - but that's it. I'd imagine they're storming live though..

Have you heard Fabienne Delsol's cover of When my Mind is Not Live