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Status Quo Status Quo
Beloved of the masses, hated by the soulless music snobs, Quo are the masters of the twelve bar boogie. Based around the evergreen talents of Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, this is one band who shows no sign of ever stoppin' the rockin'. Respect is most definitely due.
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Formed: 1967

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The fans keep you motivated, we've still got aims. As long as we're still striving to do better, then I can't see the band stopping at all.

Rick Parfitt on why the band just keep on rockin'.

ListenStatus Quo perform "Down Down" on Top Of The Pops in January 1975.
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  • Rick and Francis first met at Butlin's holiday camp in Minehead, it was 1965 and they were both in bands playing there for the summer season
  • Their only ever US hit was the psychedelic classic "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", which reached #12 in 1968
  • The band were the opening act at London Live Aid in 1985
  • Their 1996 cover of "Fun, Fun, Fun" reached #5 in the UK charts, despite the fact that it received no air play on Radio 1
  • In 1999 they went on a tour of English pubs, to celebrate the release of their Under The Influence LP
  • Heavy Traffic was voted Music's 'Classic Rock and Pop' album of 2002
  • The band have sold over 100 million albums, and notched up 50 British Hits (more than any other band, ever!)

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Status Quo

Picturesque Matchstickable Messages...
(1968, Essential)
Psych-pop debut.

(1973, Vertogo)
Power boogietastic.

At their very best, again.

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(1980, Vertigo)
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