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Rain (Status Quo song)

“Rain” is a single released by the British rock band Status Quo in 1976. It was included on the album Blue for You.[1]

The track “Rain” was originally intended to be included on the album On the Level, but at the time of the recording sessions Rick Parfitt had not completed the song and so it was held over to the band’s next album release.

The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band’s thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London’s Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series.[2][3]

Mystery Song

“Mystery Song” is a single released by the British rock band Status Quo in 1976. It was included on the album Blue for You.[1]

The song concerns a young man’s encounter with a prostitute. The B-side was “Drifting Away”, from the band’s 1974 album Quo.

The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band’s thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London’s Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series.[2][3]

Down Down

“Down Down” is a popular song by the English rock band, Status Quo.

Written by Francis Rossi and Bob Young and produced by Status Quo, “Down Down” was Status Quo’s only number one single in the UK Singles Chart to date. The single spent a week at the top of the chart in January 1975.[1]

It was first released on 29 November 1974 on the Vertigo label, paired with the B-side song “Nightride”. Both songs came from the album On The Level which had yet to be released. The album version lasts 5 minutes and 24 seconds and the single version 3 minutes and 49 seconds.

Originally it was entitled “Get Down”, but this was changed before release, possibly to avoid confusion with the Gilbert O’Sullivan song of the same name.[citation needed]

Towards the end of his life, DJ John Peel was known for playing “Down Down” as part of his eclectic DJ sets.[2]

In 1986 co-writer Bob Young released a country music style version of “Down Down” on his solo album In Quo Country.

In July 2012, Status Quo reworked the lyrics to create a three-minute promotional song for the Australian supermarket chain Coles.[3] The chorus chants, “down, down, prices are down”. This was released on television and YouTube, the most notable of which depicted a mince rally.[4][5]

The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band’s thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London’s Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series.[6][7]

Caroline (song)

“Caroline” is a single released by the British rock band Status Quo in 1973. It was included on the album Hello!.[1]

It was written by Bob Young and Francis Rossi on a table napkin in the dining room of a hotel in Perranporth, Cornwall, in 1970.[citation needed] It became their first top hit.[citation needed]

The song inspired Apollo 440’s 1999 single “Stop the Rock”.[2]

The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band’s thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London’s Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series.[3][4]

Break the Rules (Status Quo song)

“Break the Rules” is a single by British rock band Status Quo in 1974. It was included on the album Quo.[1]

The song was not the band’s choice of single. Some copies of this single were mispressed with the moulded label for the track “Lonely Night” on both sides.

Track listing
“Break the Rules” (Rossi/Young/Parfitt/Lancaster/Coghlan) (3.38)
“Lonely Night” (Parfitt/Lancaster/Rossi/Young/Coghlan) (3.21)

Paper Plane (song)

“Paper Plane” is a rock song originally by Status Quo. It was released as a single in 1972 reaching number 8 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] and appeared on their album, Piledriver.[2] The song was written by Francis Rossi and Bob Young.[2]

The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band’s thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London’s Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series.[3][4]

In 2007 the song covered by Persephone’s Bees.[5]

Mean Girl

“Mean Girl” is a single released by the British Rock band Status Quo in 1973. It was taken from their 1971 album Dog of Two Head.[1]

Pye Records released the old song after the success of the single “Paper Plane” on the Vertigo label. It became a UK Top 20 hit – previously only three of the ten Pye singles had made the Top 20. They tried this again with the single “Gerdundula”, another track from the same album, but this failed to chart.

The band included the song in the set for their 2009 debut at the Glastonbury Festival.[2]

Dog of Two Head

Dog of Two Head is a 1971 rock album by Status Quo released by Pye Records, their fourth studio album. At the time of recording, the band consisted of Francis Rossi (credited on the sleeve as Mike Rossi), Rick Parfitt (credited as Ritchie Parfitt), Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan (credited as John Coughlan).

March 1971 saw the new four-man lineup of the band release another non-album single: a Rossi/Young song called “Tune to the Music”. The single was not a hit. The band then set to work writing and recording a new album. A couple of the songs, such as the opening track “Umleitung” (German for ‘diversion’) had been written as far back as 1970.

In November 1971 the album was released.

A single from the album, Rossi and Young’s “Mean Girl”, was to become a UK #20 hit much later, in April 1973, after they had their third top ten British hit single with “Paper Plane”, from their next album Piledriver.

When “Mean Girl” charted, the record company decided to release another single from the album: a rerecording of “Gerdundula”, the b-side to their 1970 single “In My Chair”. This was released in July 1973, and failed to chart. The b-side to this single was Rossi and Parfitt’s “Lakky Lady”, taken from the band’s previous album Ma Kelly’s Greasy Spoon.

Pictures of Matchstick Men

“Pictures of Matchstick Men” is the first hit single by Status Quo, released in January 1968.

It reached number seven in the British charts, number eight in Canada, and number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their only hit single in the United States.[1][2][3] Francis Rossi confirmed on DVD2 of the Pictures set that it was originally intended to be a B-side to “Gentleman Joe’s Sidewalk Cafe”, but it was decided to swap the B-side and the A-side of the single.

There are two versions of the song, a stereo and mono version, with significant differences: the mono version, which was the original single, has the trademark wah-wah guitar in the breaks between lyrics, but the stereo version omits it.

The song opens with a single guitar repeatedly playing a simple four note riff before the bass, rhythm guitar, drums and lyrics begin. “Pictures of Matchstick Men” is one of a number of songs from the late sixties to feature the audio effect phasing. Their following release, “Black Veils of Melancholy”, was similar but flopped, which caused the group to change direction.[4]

Rossi later said of the song:

I wrote it on the bog. I’d gone there, not for the usual reasons…but to get away from the wife and mother-in-law. I used to go into this narrow frizzing toilet and sit there for hours, until they finally went out. I got three quarters of the song finished in that khazi. The rest I finished in the lounge.[5]

The “matchstick men” of the song refers to the paintings of Salford artist L. S. Lowry.[5]

The song was reprised, in 2014, for the band’s thirty-first studio album Aquostic (Stripped Bare). It was featured in the ninety-minute launch performance of the album at London’s Roundhouse on 22 October, the concert being recorded and broadcast live by BBC Radio 2 as part of their In Concert series.[6][7]

Status Quo (band)

Status Quo are an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962.[1] After a number of lineup changes, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.

They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, more than any other rock band,[2] from “Pictures of Matchstick Men” in 1967 to “In the Army Now” in 2010. Twenty-two of these reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.[3]

Status Quo starred in their first feature film, Bula Quo!, which was released to cinemas in July 2013. The film coincided with the release of the soundtrack album Bula Quo!, which peaked at number 10 in the UK Albums Chart. The first single from the album, “Bula Bula Quo” was released in June 2013, and is Status Quo’s one hundredth single release.[4]

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