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TGIF Rock n Roll Oldies: STATUS QUO: Down The Dustpipe - 1970
Reaganite Republican ^ | October 7, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 10/07/2011 10:10:16 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican

'Ain't no room for a Kosher cowboy 
in a town like New Orleans...'

When I was a kid growing up in the late 70s, I used to comb through discount record bins to find stuff not heard on Aerosmith/Supertramp-dominated FM radio of the day. And I often took a chance on something unknown, even just based on the cover art if the price was right- like $.99 back then in olden times. But I often came-across various LPs by British boogie-rockers Status Quo in those bargain-bins and thinking "who the hell is this... and why are their records always being dumped by the dozens?"

Never did buy them, perhaps spooked by the daunting oversupply I'd witnessed... but that's not without regret: years later I came to realize they were the band who did 1967's US/UK psychedelic-rock hit 'Pictures of Matchstick Men'- their only Top 40 hit in the States. Yet while in my mind they were has-been one hit wonders, Status Quo's true genius -and massive commercial success in the UK- came only after they switched from then-trendy psychedelic style to a more earthy, blues-based boogie rock in the vain of Canned Heat and early Humble Pie as the 1970s rock era dawned.

Once I got myself acquainted with their mega-hits in the UK i.e. "Paper Plane" (1972), "Caroline" (1973), "Down Down" (1975), "Rain" (1976), "Rockin' All Over the World" (cover of John Fogherty/1977) and "Whatever You Want" (1979), I would say without qualification that Status Quo is the finest English rock band to never make it commercially in the US. And that's hard for me to understand, as imo they absolutely kick ass... any rock fan owes it to themselves to check 'em out.

And as you might suppose, these guys are brilliant live... the two guitarists really are something else. Status Quo actually continue to tour up to the present day with both original frontmen, and the band has sold over 118M (!) records- their 60 UK chart hits unparalleled by any other group in history... any... ever:

Status Quo: Down the Dustpipe - 1970

[YouTube]

Video from  TOTP/lyrics at Reaganite Republican

StatusQuo.co.uk   Wikipedia

Previous RR Rock n Roll Oldies features -here-

Enjoy your weekend, FReepers...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Music/Entertainment; Society
KEYWORDS: blues; british; oldies; rock

1 posted on 10/07/2011 10:10:20 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Uriah Heep.


2 posted on 10/07/2011 10:14:06 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: bigheadfred

Excellent band


3 posted on 10/07/2011 10:16:04 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I think it shows to go you what a capricious, cruel world the American music promotion scene has been, particularly in those days.

If the Internet had existed in Status Quo’s time, they would have quickly ruled the world as indies.


4 posted on 10/07/2011 10:19:53 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I fully agree, typical entertainment business cesspool


5 posted on 10/07/2011 10:21:40 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I was just watching a great documentary/concert film last night called Fillmore,The Last Days.

If you’ve not seen it, you have got to! Great “backstage angst” scenes and some great concert footage. Boz Skaggs actually playing the guitar before he became “huge” is really fun. And Jerry Garcia on a steel guitar, and Lydia Pense with Cold Blood, just WOW. And even It’s a Beatuiful Day.


6 posted on 10/07/2011 10:27:57 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

PS- that’s why I always shopped imports too

I was always shocked at the stuff we didnt’ get over in the States, often some of the best by American artists even, i.e. Stray Cats

I guess I wasn’t sufficiently cynical to understand the record business back then... would explain why I interviewed with one (sales) and didn’t get the job lol


7 posted on 10/07/2011 10:28:12 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I was just watching a great documentary/concert film last night called Fillmore,The Last Days.

Here it is: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7761479

I got it off torrent but my copy is panned and scanned. It’s kinda like watching Woodstock on an old TV. :-(


8 posted on 10/07/2011 10:29:21 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf
“It's a Beautiful Day” was a splendid group.
Pity they had only one hit...
9 posted on 10/07/2011 10:33:34 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: cuban leaf

I’ll check that out, thx CL

I was kind of fond of the Scorsese Dylan documentary myself


10 posted on 10/07/2011 10:33:34 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

That article was rather interesting. I’m gonna have to get my hands on some Status quo stuff.


11 posted on 10/07/2011 10:34:09 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

For me, just up through Wonderworld.

http://grooveshark.com/s/Circle+Of+Hands/2quZMf?src=5

“Circle of hands
Cold spirits plan
Searching my land for an enemy
Came across love’s sweet cost
And in the face of beauty
Evil was lost

Sky full of eyes, minds full of lies
Black from their cold hearts, down to their graves
Murdered the dawn, spreading their scorn
Cursing the Son of which love was born

We must keep them away
Or pretty soon we’ll pay
And count the cost in sorrow
Sacrifice, the future has its price
And today is only yesterday’s tomorrow”


12 posted on 10/07/2011 10:35:05 AM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: cuban leaf

“Rowan Brothers” ?

Don’t recall their music...


13 posted on 10/07/2011 10:36:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Reaganite Republican

Another excellent British band was “The Move”, which was the band that eventually evolved into ELO.


14 posted on 10/07/2011 10:37:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Reaganite Republican

Europe is one of the happening places for a lot of US based talent. They don’t have the ossified big label bureaucracy.

Sales, I guess it wouldn’t have hurt you too bad if they’d taken you. Though you would have seen things that would have puzzled the Sphynx. It’s artists who commonly get put through the wringer by the big labels. Artists get the fame and a few crumbs to sustain them as their live performances earn. The big companies get the dough from record sales. While I do not agree with such tactics as they are dishonest, that’s why piracy is so winked at among the young crowd. Most bands with big company sponsorships would sooner their records be free, because they make money at live venues and would be glad for the publicity.


15 posted on 10/07/2011 10:41:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Reaganite Republican

Great video!

Except for the annoying interlace artifacts.


16 posted on 10/07/2011 10:41:50 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Me neither. I confess I don’t remember “Lamb” either, but the performance is pretty good in this movie.


17 posted on 10/07/2011 10:48:26 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

This may help:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rowans

It makes sense. SF scene, opening for the Grateful Dead...


18 posted on 10/07/2011 10:49:58 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
But one great album - "Bombay Calling", "Time Is!" I recently found a pristine copy of a performance done live at the Filmore with David and Linda - what a treat!
19 posted on 10/07/2011 10:57:12 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The road to hell is paved with plastic.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

True, but the LP was a classic. David LaFlamme...how many rock groups do you know that were started by a violinist?


20 posted on 10/07/2011 11:05:43 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Not many, f’sure.


21 posted on 10/07/2011 11:08:06 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Reaganite Republican

As a rocker of quite a few decades now.....I so agree with you that there was/is MASSIVE talent out there that just never seemed to hit it big....and not always from Europe, but that was often the case. I offer a few stellar examples: artists who should have been unbelievably HUGE vs. just...well, popular with their fans:

- Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush (years ahead of his time on the axe; simply stunning guitarist)

- Gary Moore (simply the best blues/rock guitarist who ever walked the earth....and my God how he could tear up a power ballad better than ANYone...May he rest in peace.)

- Great White (I know I know....but they got REALLY famous only after that horrible nightclub fire, but they could rock like few others)

- Tesla (underappreciated...great talent)

- Cinderella (hair band or not, these guys could play gut-busting blues rock with the best of them)

- Gorky Park (Russians; listen to their version of “My Generation”; it’ll forever change the way you think of that song)

- Uriah Heep (mentioned by another above; somewhat spotty material overall, but MAN they could kick it when hitting on all cylinders)

- Gus (American; never heard of him? Only one LP, I think, and I have a copy....the album is superb; sparse production sense....I just love it)

- Savoy Brown (the band that spawned Foghat; highly underrated boogie band)

I’ll think of ten more after I post this, no doubt.


22 posted on 10/07/2011 11:14:33 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Reaganite Republican

Status Quo had some pretty cool stuff !


23 posted on 10/07/2011 11:21:56 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: RightOnline

Definitely agree about Gary Moore. I became a fan fairly late in his career (”Still Got the Blues” was my introduction to him), but I’ve been hooked ever since. Also agree on Cinderella. I didn’t like everything they did, but they had a nice bluesy edge that I dug. “Shelter Me” is a fave to this day.

I’m not as familiar with Uriah Heep, though I do really like “Stealin’” quite a bit. Rainbow (Dio era) is another band from around that time I really enjoy.

There are also a number of acts I’ve recently become a fan of that were either before my time, or that I just never knew about:

-Atomic Rooster (esp. the lineup with Chris Farlowe on vocals) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVf7SG1-DGg

-Pacific Gas and Electric http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTPLNsRGJXo

-Moby Grape. Oh lord, I cannot get enough of these guys! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAUGyED5vH0


24 posted on 10/07/2011 3:28:11 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I was having a 'senior moment.' The name was familar but I couldn't recall their music. Then I saw their hit 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men' listed. I bought this song when it came out.

Pictures Of Matchstick Men 1968

Pictures Of Matchstick Men 2008

25 posted on 10/07/2011 7:47:41 PM PDT by Daaave ("The ship will self-destruct in t-minus, ten minutes.")
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