Status Quo

Formed 1967.

UK boogie rock band

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Status Quo: Down Down

Francis Rossi remembers composing the Down Down riff in a 'terrible little travel lodge!'

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Status Quo are an English rock band whose music is characterized by their distinctive brand of boogie-woogie. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by schoolboys Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962. After a number of lineup changes, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969.

They have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, starting with 1967's "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", and the most recent being in 2010, which is more than any other rock group. 22 of which reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Status Quo starred in their first feature film, Bula Quo!, which was released to cinemas in July 2013. The film coincided with the release of the soundtrack album Bula Quo!, which peaked at number 10 in the UK Albums Chart. The first single from the album, "Bula Bula Quo" was released in June 2013, and is Status Quo's one hundredth single release.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Quid Pro Quo

    Quid Pro Quo 2011

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Rocket science it’s not, but the alchemy is as reliable as it ever was.
  2. Review of Pictures: 40 years Of Hits

    Pictures: 40 years Of Hits 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Forever destined to adopt the stance, and bring guitar-driven cheer to millions.
  3. Review of XS All Areas: The Greatest Hits

    XS All Areas: The Greatest Hits 2004

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    ...Status Quo don't want you to feel their pain. They want you to bang your head, jump...
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