The Top 50 Status Quo songs pt.3 (30-21)
Our countdown of the Top 50 Status Quo songs continues. Go below for the third part of our rundown: Nos. 40 to 31…
30) Softer Ride 1973
Yet another song from the evergreen Hello! album, Softer Ride had first appeared as the B-side of the Paper Plane single. By turns introspective and fiery, Alan Lancaster and Rick Parfitt’s paean to the delights of slothdom has returned to the band’s set in recent years. Fantastic stuff.
29) In The Army Now 1986
Parfitt took the plaudits for Rockin’ All Over The World, but it was Rossi who imagined the possibilities of In The Army Now after hearing the original on the radio. Written and recorded by the Dutch brothers Rob and Ferdi Bolland, it was a brave though ultimately popular choice for Quo to have made.
28) Down The Dustpipe 1970
What do Status Quo have in common with Welsh progressive rockers Man? Well, the former first heard Down The Dustpipe in demo form, recorded by the latter. The tune was actually written by the Australian singer, musician and songwriter Carl Groszmann; Quo released it as a single in March 1970.
27) Little Lady/Most Of The Time 1975
Sticking to the highly successful template set by Backwater/Just Take Me, from the Quo album, Quo kicked off 1975’s On The Level with another two-song medley. Easily identifiable as a Rick Parfitt anthem, Little Lady was the perfect appetiser for Francis Rossi and Bob Young’s scarf-waving crowd-pleaser Most Of The Time.
26) The Power Of Rock 1989
By far the best song from Quo’s Perfect Remedy album in 1989, The Power Of Rock was somewhat wastefully utilised as the B-side to The Anniversary Waltz the following September. Initially an atmospheric pop number, it suddenly snaps into a balls-out hard rocker, complete with a searing guitar solo from Rossi.
25) Hold You Back 1977
Hold You Back remains one of the best and hardest-hitting tracks from 1977’s sometimes unfairly maligned Rockin’ All Over The World album. However, the Rossi-Young-Parfitt song was always best experienced in concert, with the band encouraging the audience to leap around like lunatics to the song’s irrepressibly contagious bounce.
24) In My Chair 1970
Knocked off during an afternoon in Rossi’s kitchen, with the help of Bob Young, In My Chair was curiously omitted from the Dog Of Two Head album despite having reached No.21 in the UK chart. However, the song’s strumalong strains were an important part of the Live! album seven years later.
23) Break The Rules 1974
Another song written jointly by Rossi, Young, Parfitt, Lancaster and Coghlan, perhaps the most interesting feature of Break The Rules – apart from the super-cool opening line of ‘Spent a long, long evening in a low-down honky-tonk bar’ – is Bob Young’s harmonica solo, and the piano pounding from ex-Groundhogs man Tom Parker.
22) Again And Again 1978
Had Quo typecast their famous love of repetition with Again And Again, or were they mildly sending themselves up? Perhaps both. Written with good friend Jackie Lynton, the song’s autobiographical tale previewed the If You Can’t Stand The Heat… album, becoming a single for their Reading Festival headlining spot in 1978.
21) Blue Eyed Lady 1973
The classic party chat-up song, Blue Eyed Lady was the first Quo song to have Andy Bown on keyboards. Yet another Hello! number, it asks the question: ‘Little blue eyed lady/How come you’re all alone?’. But alas, ‘No-one seems to know’. Regardless of the subject’s fate, it’s an excellent rock track.
Come back tomorrow (December 18) for part four: Nos. 20 to 11.
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