Status Quo
Born:
01 January 1967
Country:
GB
Genres:
Pop/Rock
Releases:
73
Biography: Status Quo are one of Britain's longest-lived bands, staying together for over 40 years. During much of that time, the band was only successful in the U.K., where it racked up a string of Top Ten singles across the decades. In America, the Quo were ignored after they abandoned psychedelia for heavy boogie rock in the early '70s. Before that, the band managed to reach number 12 in the U.S. with the psychedelic classic "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (a Top Ten hit in the U.K.). Following that single, the band suffered a lean period for the next few years, before the bandmembers decided to refashion themselves as a hard rock boogie band in 1970 with their Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon album. The Quo have basically recycled the same simple boogie on each successive album and single, yet their popularity has never waned in Britain. If anything, their very predictability has ensured the group a large following. The origins of Status Quo lie in a London-based beat group called the Spectres. Francis Rossi (vocals, guitar) and Alan Lancaster (bass) were the core members of the Spectres from their inception; within a few years, the band had added drummer John Coughlan and organist Roy Lynes. The Spectres released three unsuccessful singles before changing their style to psychedelia and adopting the name Traffic Jam and releasing the unsuccessful single "Almost But Not Quite There." After it flopped, the group added Rick Parfitt (guitar, vocals), formerly of the cabaret band the Highlights. When Parfitt joined the band in August 1967, the group again changed its name, this time to Status Quo. At first, Status Quo backed British solo artists, including Tommy Quickly, while working on their own material. "Pictures of Matchstick Men," the group's debut single, was released at the beginning of 1968 and quickly shot to number seven on the U.K. charts; within a few months, it was a number 12 in the U.S. as well. The immediate follow-up single, "Black Veils of Melancholy," was a flop, but "Ice in the Sun," written by former British pop star Marty Wilde, became Status Quo's second Top Ten hit in the fall of 1968. Over in America, the single barely registered, squeaking to number 70; it was the last time the group would ever chart in the U.S. For the next year, Status Quo tried to replicate the success of their first two singles with similar psychedelic material, but they had little luck. Finally, they revamped their sound -- and jettisoned organist Lynes -- in the summer of 1970, debuting their new heavy, bluesy boogie rock with the single "Down the Dustpipe." The single reached number 12, yet the full-fledged hard rock album Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon didn't gain much attention. Status Quo began playing concerts regularly across England, slowly building up a strong following in England. Following well-received sets at 1972's Reading and Great Western festivals, the band became a hot property. The Quo signed with Vertigo Records and their first single for the label, "Paper Plane," cracked the Top Ten in early 1973, while their first album for Vertigo, Piledriver, reached number five. Later that year, Hello entered the charts at number one, while its accompanying single, "Caroline," reached number five. Also in 1973, keyboardist Andy Bown, formerly of the Herd and Judas Jump, became the band's unofficial keyboardist. Throughout the '70s, each album Status Quo released went into the Top Five, while their singles -- including the number one "Down Down" (1974), "Roll Over Lay Down" (1975), "Rain" (1976), "Wild Side of Life" (1976), and a cover of John Fogerty's "Rockin' All Over the World" (1977) -- consistently hit the Top Ten and frequently went gold. Since they were experiencing a great deal of success, they didn't change their sound at all, they just kept churning out the same heavy boogie. America basically ignored Status Quo, yet their eponymous album managed to chart at 148 in 1976. Nevertheless, they were an English phenomenon, and England continued to support them even when pop music was undergoing drastic changes in the late '70s. Following the release of 1980's Just Supposin', drummer John Coughlan left the band in 1981 to form his own group, Diesel. Former Original Mirrors drummer Pete Kircher replaced him; his first appearance with the group was 1982's Never Too Late. During the early '80s, tensions escalated between bassist Lancaster and guitarists Rossi and Parfitt, who were the group's main songwriters. Lancaster left the Quo after performing with them for a final time at Live Aid. He subsequently took Rossi and Parfitt to court to prevent them from using the name "Status Quo." Lancaster lost his battle, and the name became the property of the guitarists. Once the lawsuit was settled, Rossi and Parfitt assembled a new band, hiring bassist John Edwards, drummer Jeff Rich, and keyboardist Andy Bown, who officially became a member of the group. The new lineup continued Status Quo's remarkable success, as they racked up a number of new Top Ten singles and hit albums, as well as consistently selling out concerts across England and Europe. In 1994, the group had its second number one hit of its career, with the football anthem "Come on You Reds"; the single was recorded with the football champions, Manchester United. By the mid-'90s, Status Quo had scored 50 British hit singles, which was a greater number than any other band in rock & roll history. In April 1997 Parfitt underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery but fully recovered and continued performing and recording with the Quo in the years to follow. Drummer Rich departed the band in 2000, replaced by Matt Letley, who has continued on with the band in the 21st century. The single “Jam Side Down” was a Top 20 hit in the U.K. during 2002, a year that also saw the release of the critically acclaimed Heavy Traffic album. The all-covers outing Don’t Stop arrived in 2004, followed by The Party Ain’t Over Yet in 2005 and In Search of the Fourth Chord in 2007.
Down Down & Dirty At Wacken
Down Down & Dirty At Wacken
Tracks: 14
Year: 2018
Blue For You (Deluxe Edition)
Blue For You (Deluxe Edition)
Tracks: 23
Year: 2017
Blue For You (Deluxe Edition)
Blue For You (Deluxe Edition)
Tracks: 23
Year: 2017
Aquostic II - That's A Fact!
Aquostic II - That's A Fact!
Tracks: 19
Year: 2016
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Tracks: 24
Year: 2014
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Tracks: 22
Year: 2014
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Tracks: 24
Year: 2014
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Aquostic (Stripped Bare)
Tracks: 22
Year: 2014
Bula Quo!
Bula Quo!
Tracks: 19
Year: 2013
Bula Quo!
Bula Quo!
Tracks: 19
Year: 2013
Quid Pro Quo
Quid Pro Quo
Tracks: 15
Year: 2011
Status Quo Top 100 (5CD)
Status Quo Top 100 (5CD)
Tracks: 100
Year: 2010
In The Army Now (2010)
In The Army Now (2010)
Tracks: 4
Year: 2010
Live At BBC
Live At BBC
Tracks: 74
Year: 2010
Live At The BBC
Live At The BBC
Tracks: 35
Year: 2010
Old Time Rock'N'Roll
Old Time Rock'N'Roll
Tracks: 22
Year: 2009
Live At Glastonbury
Live At Glastonbury
Tracks: 12
Year: 2009
Live At Westonbirt
Live At Westonbirt
Tracks: 20
Year: 2008
Pictures 40 Years Of Hits
Pictures 40 Years Of Hits
Tracks: 40
Year: 2008
Pictures 40 Years Of Hits
Pictures 40 Years Of Hits
Tracks: 40
Year: 2008
Pictures Live, Brighton
Pictures Live, Brighton
Tracks: 22
Year: 2008
The New Collection
The New Collection
Tracks: 21
Year: 2008
Rock Legends
Rock Legends
Tracks: 18
Year: 2007
The Silver Collection
The Silver Collection
Tracks: 10
Year: 2007
Essential Videos
Essential Videos
Tracks: 10
Year: 2007
In Search Of The Fourth Chord
In Search Of The Fourth Chord
Tracks: 14
Year: 2007
Rare Cutz (Volume VIII)
Rare Cutz (Volume VIII)
Tracks: 15
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume VI)
Rare Cutz (Volume VI)
Tracks: 22
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume VII)
Rare Cutz (Volume VII)
Tracks: 15
Year: 2006
Live Alive Quo
Live Alive Quo
Tracks: 10
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume IV)
Rare Cutz (Volume IV)
Tracks: 12
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume III)
Rare Cutz (Volume III)
Tracks: 17
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume II)
Rare Cutz (Volume II)
Tracks: 15
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume I)
Rare Cutz (Volume I)
Tracks: 20
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume V)
Rare Cutz (Volume V)
Tracks: 19
Year: 2006
Just Doin' It: Live
Just Doin' It: Live
Tracks: 22
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume X)
Rare Cutz (Volume X)
Tracks: 22
Year: 2006
Rare Cutz (Volume IX)
Rare Cutz (Volume IX)
Tracks: 17
Year: 2006
Down Down
Down Down
Tracks: 16
Year: 2005
The Party Ain't Over Yet
The Party Ain't Over Yet
Tracks: 13
Year: 2005
Star Boulevard
Star Boulevard
Tracks: 28
Year: 2004
Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Tracks: 18
Year: 2003
Riffs
Riffs
Tracks: 14
Year: 2003
Best Of The Early Years
Best Of The Early Years
Tracks: 20
Year: 2003
Riffs
Riffs
Tracks: 15
Year: 2003
Heavy Traffic
Heavy Traffic
Tracks: 13
Year: 2002
Essential Quo (Volume II)
Essential Quo (Volume II)
Tracks: 18
Year: 2000
Essential Quo (Volume III)
Essential Quo (Volume III)
Tracks: 18
Year: 2000
Essential Quo (Volume I)
Essential Quo (Volume I)
Tracks: 18
Year: 2000
Famous In The Last Century
Famous In The Last Century
Tracks: 17
Year: 2000
Under The Influence
Under The Influence
Tracks: 12
Year: 1999
In The Army Now
In The Army Now
Tracks: 4
Year: 1998
The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Tracks: 20
Year: 1997
Don't Stop
Don't Stop
Tracks: 15
Year: 1996
The Hitmachine
The Hitmachine
Tracks: 14
Year: 1996
Don't Stop (2006, Remaster)
Don't Stop (2006, Remaster)
Tracks: 19
Year: 1996
Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Tracks: 18
Year: 1995
Original Recordings
Original Recordings
Tracks: 24
Year: 1994
Thirsty Work
Thirsty Work
Tracks: 16
Year: 1994
Thirsty Work
Thirsty Work
Tracks: 16
Year: 1994
Thirsty Work (2006, Remaster)
Thirsty Work (2006, Remaster)
Tracks: 21
Year: 1994
A Few Bars More
A Few Bars More
Tracks: 14
Year: 1993
Piledriver + Hello!
Piledriver + Hello!
Tracks: 15
Year: 1992
Live Alive Quo
Live Alive Quo
Tracks: 9
Year: 1992
Rock 'til You Drop
Rock 'til You Drop
Tracks: 15
Year: 1991
Never Too Late + Back To Back
Never Too Late + Back To Back
Tracks: 20
Year: 1991
Rock 'Til You Drop
Rock 'Til You Drop
Tracks: 16
Year: 1991
Quo + Blue For You
Quo + Blue For You
Tracks: 17
Year: 1991
Rocking All Over The Years
Rocking All Over The Years
Tracks: 22
Year: 1990
Perfect Remedy
Perfect Remedy
Tracks: 12
Year: 1989
Ain't Complaining (EP)
Ain't Complaining (EP)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1988
Ain't Complaining
Ain't Complaining
Tracks: 12
Year: 1988
Rollin' Home
Rollin' Home
Tracks: 3
Year: 1986
In The Army Now
In The Army Now
Tracks: 11
Year: 1986
Back To Back (2006, Remaster)
Back To Back (2006, Remaster)
Tracks: 18
Year: 1983
Back To Back
Back To Back
Tracks: 10
Year: 1983
Back To Back (2006, Remaster)
Back To Back (2006, Remaster)
Tracks: 18
Year: 1983
1982
1982
Tracks: 11
Year: 1982
1982 (2006, Remaster)
1982 (2006, Remaster)
Tracks: 14
Year: 1982
1982
1982
Tracks: 11
Year: 1982
1+9+8+2 (2006, Remaster)
1+9+8+2 (2006, Remaster)
Tracks: 14
Year: 1982
Never Too Late
Never Too Late
Tracks: 10
Year: 1981
12 Gold Bars
12 Gold Bars
Tracks: 12
Year: 1980
Rock'n'Roll
Rock'n'Roll
Tracks: 2
Year: 1980
Rockin' All Over The World
Rockin' All Over The World
Tracks: 12
Year: 1977
Blue For You
Blue For You
Tracks: 14
Year: 1976
Blue For You (2005, Remaster)
Blue For You (2005, Remaster)
Tracks: 14
Year: 1976
On The Level (1990, Remaster)
On The Level (1990, Remaster)
Tracks: 10
Year: 1975
On The Level (2005, Remaster)
On The Level (2005, Remaster)
Tracks: 15
Year: 1975
On The Level
On The Level
Tracks: 15
Year: 1975
On The Level
On The Level
Tracks: 10
Year: 1975
Quo
Quo
Tracks: 9
Year: 1974
Quo (2005, Remaster)
Quo (2005, Remaster)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1974
Quo
Quo
Tracks: 8
Year: 1974
Hello! (1991, Remaster)
Hello! (1991, Remaster)
Tracks: 8
Year: 1973
Hello! (2005, Remaster)
Hello! (2005, Remaster)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1973
Hello!
Hello!
Tracks: 8
Year: 1973
Hello!
Hello!
Tracks: 9
Year: 1973
Piledriver (1990, Remaster)
Piledriver (1990, Remaster)
Tracks: 10
Year: 1972
Piledriver
Piledriver
Tracks: 10
Year: 1972
Piledriver
Piledriver
Tracks: 9
Year: 1972
Piledriver (1991, Remaster)
Piledriver (1991, Remaster)
Tracks: 8
Year: 1972
Piledriver (2005, Remaster)
Piledriver (2005, Remaster)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1972
Dog Of Two Head
Dog Of Two Head
Tracks: 9
Year: 1971
Spare Parts
Spare Parts
Tracks: 12
Year: 1970
Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon
Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon
Tracks: 10
Year: 1970
Spare Parts (2000, Remaster)
Spare Parts (2000, Remaster)
Tracks: 17
Year: 1970
Spare Parts (2000, Remaster)
Spare Parts (2000, Remaster)
Tracks: 17
Year: 1969
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