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29 October 2014
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Equipped with a tape recorder and honorary handlebar moustache, our intrepid reporter took on the mighty Quo backstage at the Pops...

You’ve appeared on Top of the Pops over 100 times now, are you starting to get bored of the rock n roll lifestyle?
Francis: No, not at all. This is what we set out to do and this is what we enjoy doing, so we are always thrilled when something starts to do well. That’s why we’re here.

Same for you?
Rick: Yeah, of course. I mean, I think, in the early days it could have turned out that we could have been one hit wonders but I think the fact that we changed our style and realised that we weren’t going to get far dressing up as popstars like we did at the time and we changed our style and look and with a lot of dedication from our fans and ourselves we’ve hung on in there.

You’ve got a new album out on 23 September this year,'Heavy Traffic'. What are we going to expect?
Francis: It’s what people have been wanting us to do for the last 15 years or so. We’ve been wandering around trying to make, Something has happened in the last two years or so where our band has galvanised and become focused on what we’re doing and it’s very much what our fans want. It’s generally the vibe of the album which is going to make people excited and it makes us excited.

How does it differ from your previous album?
Francis: From our earlier albums not a lot. From the last ten years or so it’s a lot different because we’re all very focused and our new drummer, for some reason, has made a difference to us in the last two years. Something has solidified, something has happened.

Rick: There’s lots of colours coming out of it. It’s giving off all the right signs as well because there’s something that we’ve never had before, well not that I can remember anyway, is the fact that there’s banners up in the audience saying‘Heavy Quo, Heavy Traffic, Heavy Traffic Heavy Quo’ and it’s fantastic to see that kind of thing.

  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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