What baggers belief is how they (being Rossi and Parfitt) felt this look was the right way to go? Surely, any grown adult with common sense could see this 'look' was not appealing to anyone - old fan and new. How friggin off one's head did you have to be to be taken for a ride in this way?? I was fortunate enough to had given up on them completely after Live Aid and the Alan split and never even gave them a look at again until I heard promo snippets of Heavy Traffic so I never even saw how low they had succumb. I heard about it but just shook my head at the thought of it all and went on with my day.
I have never really cared about image when it came to Status Quo. When I started to listen to them they were already old enough to be my Dad.
When people talk about image you would have thought it had stayed the same from 70 to 85. Francis by the 80s was looking like a long haired Geography teacher. It wasn’t so much of a shock really.
Just like the music didn’t jump from Is there a better way to Burning bridges.
For me it was always about the music. My interest started to decline when I first heard 1982. By then they were dressing ever so smartly and pretty much all the same in promo shots.
The image of the 80s reflected who they were. Increasingly chasing the mainstream and light entertainment. The music matched their image.
I certainly cared about the image when I was younger. I wanted my rock star heroes to look and act like rock stars. And I wanted to dress just like them. I'm talking about mid-teens to maybe early 20's here. After that, evolution dictates that a certain maturity kicks in. Or the brain seems to work differently, put it that way.
Their move, so very obviously deliberate, into the light entertainment side of things irritated me. I don't like 'light entertainment'. It's usually neither funny nor entertaining. So I tended to miss their appearances on things like Cannon & Ball, Des O'Connor, Noel Edmonds, that sort of thing. Because I never watched most of it. I've only seen them in retrospect since on YouTube or wherever. Never even knew they were on till I got to work on the Monday or whenever and someone told me.
Now I dare say there's an element of snobbery involved here. I'm not proud of myself But nor can I help myself So I'd obviously rather have seen Quo on Jools Holland or The Tube than Little & Large. Playing live tracks that the general public ain't heard. And showing off what they really can do.
But they let media companies and management take control and were happy to flog Rockin' ad infinitem as long as it got them noticed by as many as possible. Compilation CD's need that. Meanwhile, Rick pitches up on Mr & Mrs just to show where his preferences lie deep down.
I suspect there was inner conflict in that man. Drives the reunion almost single handed but was happy to appear on a quiz show which scrapes the bottom of whatever barrel you want to mention. It all certainly confused me
"We all want to intellectualize about music, but it's an emotional thing. Do you like it? Yes. Then there's nothing else to say. Do you not like it? No. Then there's nothing else to say. You don't have to say it's shit or the band are shit. And I believe, too, the most overused words are "great" and "shit." - Francis Rossi
juansupposin: Love the song, even the RIFF track!
May 16, 2020 17:27:32 GMT
granny: But @4th Chord regarding your new rule...if the man running the country (Dominic Cummings) can weave a fairy tale around known facts why can't we be just as creative?
May 28, 2020 10:47:27 GMT
juansupposin: 21st September 91 at Wembley, the 45 min Guinness concert, probably not the best concert to start, only 45 min, I remeber thinking they will play longer because it was the last concert
May 30, 2020 10:16:34 GMT
coluquo: Ok hard to choose in the 21st but my vote goes to Liberty Lane and yes I acknowledge more poppythan classic rock!…
Jun 20, 2020 17:25:19 GMT
1batfastard: granny: What! Become the English version of the democratic party? Maybe cummings is a democrat plant plotting a UK take over....
Jul 9, 2020 8:08:48 GMT
Wim Huijsman: Nice item for sale, for real Quo fans. Rick Parfitt`s telecaster. Very nicely aged Fender Tele 1972
Aug 1, 2020 14:48:06 GMT
lorenzo1971: I wonder if Spare Parts will chart..given it has 2000 copies being released?
Sept 19, 2020 20:38:18 GMT
backwater67: Paul Hirch filled in for Quo when Andy’s wife was unable to tour. Aquostic was a complete different project for Quo. I was referring to a standard regular live gig on stage with session guitarists. Jagger does still take the lead vocal.
Nov 3, 2020 15:32:56 GMT
backwater67: of which line up Quo are always a 4 or 5 piece band.
Nov 3, 2020 15:35:13 GMT
coluquo: Agreed every entry a classic....fantastic memories...
Dec 24, 2020 13:37:38 GMT
coluquo: 50 years ago 1971 What a year ..the release of DOG and the greatest FACup shock in history ...13thFebruary!!
Jan 14, 2021 13:18:29 GMT
Pajoe: Hi this is all new to me and i am not sure how it works but can i have a link to your Live Here & Now, PLEASE. Cheer's Pajoe. Quo fanatic since Hello LP. I have quite a few unofficial bootleg CD's am i allowed to share them on this board
Jan 19, 2021 1:15:50 GMT