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London, England (1962 – present)

Status Quo are a band (London, England) with strong line. The group was founded by bassist Alan Lancaster and guitarist Francis Rossi in 1962.

They began as a rock and roll band called The Spectres. By 1967, with very little commercial success, they discovered and changed their name to Traffic (later Traffic Jam, to avoid confusion with Steve Winwood’s Traffic.) At this time the line-up also included organist Roy Lynes and drummer John Coghlan. Late in 1967 they recruited second guitarist Rick Parfitt and became The Status Quo, scoring Top 10 singles with Pictures Of Matchstick Men and Ice In the Sun. “Pictures of Matchstick Men” remains the only Top 40 hit single the group has ever charted in the United States. They have never achieved the same level of success there, that they have enjoyed in their home country.

After their second album Spare Parts they decided to change into a heavy boogie rock band. During the seventies they became one of the UK’s leading rock bands, gaining a faithful following due to their excellent live gigs. They showed a great amount of energy during this decade and in the early 80s. They and are best known for songs from this era such as Paper Plane (1972), Caroline (1973), Down Down (1975), John Fogerty’s Rockin’ All Over the World (1977) and Whatever You Want (1979). Down Down topped the UK charts in January 1975 (their only British No. 1 single to date).


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  • GodofDeathMetal

    Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo is the best record by Status Quo. Spare Parts is good.

    20 Jun 5:41pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    "In The Army Now" their worst!? Not my favourite either, but they had far worst I think. Don't understand why it is on top either, I thought they had bigger hits. Maybe because it is in popplaylist here and gets to be played therefor more often!?

    13 Mar 6:35pm Reply
  • N3ver_Again

    "песня про армию омерзительная, в целом группа совершенно бесполезная и заебавшая всех своим однообразием" АХАХА. Свечку за дедов и молитвочку Путыну уже отпустил?

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RazorGothMetal

    А мне нравится

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nick14Orlov

    бля, скоро призыв уже... [2]

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Smegness

    Aquostic..... Superb, loved them the other night live

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ultimate60s

    Aquostic! what's that all about? LOVE IT!

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • callum_hogg1

    Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo is the best

    25 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Gabriel__S

    One of my favorite bands.. first six albums are the best

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    песня про армию омерзительная, в целом группа совершенно бесполезная и заебавшая всех своим однообразием

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    бля, скоро призыв уже...

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • incultojurgis

    Two weeks till I see them live in Scarborough! :D

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Well same here, like Spare Parts better though.

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • sls

    I love the trippy Quo from 68! Fuck what the critics said...

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Bubimann

    I like it I like it I like it I like it Ii li li li like it li li li li like it here we go rockin all over the world

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • nekoboyZic

    I Love This Band. Status Quo, You've got all my respect, see you at Hellfest 2014 :D

    25 Jan 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    any band responsible for 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' can't be all that bad.

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Smegness

    watched bula quo , noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo what happened , massive quo fan but total shite film , defo frantic four this year , again is a must

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • zweigl22

    @british-rocker You're soooo right! "In the army now" is their worst song! "Caroline", "Mean Girl", "Rocker's Rollin'" and "Down Down" ruuuulzzz!

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • british-rocker

    the best quo time at 1970-1985 with alan lancaster

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
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