Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band formed in Bolton, England in 1976 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Pete Shelley and singer-songwriter Howard Devoto. They are regarded as a seminal influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, pop punk, they achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a "punk masterpiece". Devoto and Shelley chose the name "Buzzcocks" after reading the headline, "It's the Buzz, Cock!", in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The "buzz" is the excitement of playing on stage, they thought it captured the excitement of the nascent punk scene, as well as having humorous sexual connotations. Devoto left the band in 1977. Shelley died on 6 December 2018. Howard Trafford, a student at Bolton Institute of Technology, placed a notice in the college looking for musicians sharing a liking for The Velvet Underground's song "Sister Ray".
Peter McNeish, a fellow student at the Institute, responded to the notice. Trafford had been involved in electronic music, while McNeish had played rock. By late 1975, Trafford and McNeish had recruited a drummer and formed, in effect, an embryonic version of Buzzcocks; the band formed in February 1976. They performed live for the first time on 1 April 1976 at their college. Garth Davies played Mick Singleton played drums. Singleton played in local band Black Cat Bone. After reading an NME review of the Sex Pistols' first performance and Devoto travelled to London together to see the Sex Pistols in February 1976. Shelley and Devoto were impressed by what they saw and arranged for the Sex Pistols to come and perform at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, in June 1976. Buzzcocks intended to play at this concert, but the other musicians dropped out, Shelley and Devoto were unable to recruit other musicians in time for the gig. Once they had recruited bass guitarist Steve Diggle and drummer John Maher, they made their debut opening for the Sex Pistols' second Manchester concert in July 1976.
A brief clip of Devoto-era Buzzcocks performing The Troggs' "I Can't Control Myself" appears in the Punk: Attitude documentary directed by Don Letts. In September 1976 the band travelled to London to perform at the two-day 100 Club Punk Festival, organised by Malcolm McLaren. Other performers included: the Sex Pistols, Subway Sect and the Banshees, The Clash, The Vibrators, The Damned and the French band Stinky Toys. By the end of the year, Buzzcocks had recorded and released a four-track EP, Spiral Scratch, on their own New Hormones label, making them one of the first punk groups to establish an independent record label, trailing only The Saints' " Stranded". Produced by Martin Hannett, the music was recorded, insistently repetitive, energetic. "Boredom" announced punk's rebellion against the status quo while templating a strident musical minimalism. The demos recorded while Devoto was in the band were issued as Time's Up. Long available as a bootleg, this album includes the alternative takes of all the tracks from the Spiral Scratch EP as well as early version of tracks that appeared on the official debut Another Music in a Different Kitchen.
After a few months, Devoto left the group, expressing his dissatisfaction at the direction that punk was taking in his statement "what was once unhealthily fresh is now a clean old hat". He returned to college for a year formed Magazine. Pete Shelley took on the vocal duties. Steve Diggle switched from bass to guitar, Garth Davies rejoined on bass. While Davies appeared on the band’s first Radio 1 Peel Session, in September 1977, his alleged unreliability led to his expulsion from the band. Davies was replaced by Steve Garvey; this new line-up signed with United Artists Records – the signing itself was undertaken at Manchester's Electric Circus on 16 August 1977, the day Elvis Presley died. Their first UA Buzzcocks single, "Orgasm Addict", was a playful examination of compulsive sexuality, uncommonly bold; the BBC refused to play the song, the single did not sell well. More ambiguous songs staked out a territory defined by Shelley's bisexuality and punk's aversion to serious examination of human sexuality.
The next single, "What Do I Get?" reached the UK top 50 chart. "Lipstick", the B-side to "Promises," shared the same ascending progression of notes in its chorus as Magazine's first single, "Shot By Both Sides," released in 1978. Their original career produced three LPs: Another Music in a Different Kitchen, Love Bites, A Different Kind of Tension, each supported by extensive touring in Europe and the U. S. A, their trademark sound was a marriage of catchy pop melodies with punk guitar energy, backed by an unusually tight and skilled rhythm section. They advanced drastically in musical and lyrical sophistication: by the end they were quoting USA writer William S. Burroughs, declaiming their catechism in the anthem "I Believe", tuning in to a fantasy radio station on which their songs could be heard. In 1980, Liberty Records signed the band, released three singles; the double'A' side "Why She's A Girl From
Wadworth is a brewery company founded in 1875 in Devizes, England, best known for their 6X beer brand. Wadworth & Co. was founded in 1875. It was not long before they exceeded their capacity at the Northgate Brewery and in 1885 they moved premises to a new facility close to their original site. Since the brewer has been a major influence on the economy of Devizes and a major provider of ale in the south of England; the present Northgate Brewery is a tower brewery opened in 1885. While 6X is the brewer's best known beer, the company produce other beers, including several seasonal ales. Beers available throughout the year: 6X Henry's Original IPA Horizon – Golden Ale Bishop's Tipple – Golden ale, full flavoured Swordfish – A stronger version of 6X with the addition of Pusser's Navy Rum Corvus – A nitro keg stout available in 30L format with a chocolate & coffee taste and creamy headSeasonal beers: St George & The Dragon – Lily The Pink – a blend of golden beer and Angostura bitters Red, White & Brew – a hoppy golden beer brewed to commemorate the Jubilee and the Olympics Farmers Glory – a traditional English ale Malt & Hops – using fresh hops straight from the bine Blunderbuss – a red autumn ale flavoured with elderberry Old Timer – winter ale The "X" in 6X refers to a traditional grading system for strong beer.
In 2007, 6X won the Daily Telegraph and Cask Marque Best Of British Beer Award for Wales and the West Country. 6X is available in draught cask, keg and bottle formats. Wadworths still use traditional shire horses to deliver their casked ale to local pubs in Devizes, their radius of the operation is 5 miles. The ale can be delivered in metal or wooden barrels; the brewery owns four horses. As well as delivering ale, the horses compete in events throughout the country, they are featured in the local press and have featured in many programmes such as Countryfile. Wadworth operate a Visitor gift shop at the brewery. Tours of the brewery can be taken and may include a tutored tasting of the Wadworth range and visits to the shire horses and sign-writing shop. Official website
Supergrass were an English rock band formed in Oxford in 1993. The band consisted of Mick Quinn and Danny Goffey. A 3-piece, Gaz's brother Rob Coombes joined the band in 2002; the band signed to Parlophone records in 1994 and produced I Should Coco, the biggest selling debut album for the label since the Beatles' Please Please Me. Their first album's fourth single "Alright" was a moderate international hit that established the band's reputation. Since the band have released five albums: In It for the Money, Life on Other Planets, Road to Rouen and Diamond Hoo Ha, as well as a decade-ending compilation called Supergrass is 10. In August 2009 the band signed to Cooking Vinyl and began work on their seventh studio album Release the Drones; the album remained unreleased and unfinished as, on 12 April 2010, the band announced that they were splitting up due to musical and creative differences. The group disbanded after four farewell gigs, the final one at La Cigale, Paris on 11 June 2010. At the age of 16 and 18 Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey were members of shoegaze band the Jennifers along with Nick Goffey and Andy Davies.
The group formed at Wheatley Park School and featured Coombes on vocals, Nic Goffey on guitar, Danny Goffey on drums and Davies on bass. Danny and Nic Goffey are the sons of former BBC Top Gear presenter and motoring journalist Chris Goffey; the Jennifers began building a reputation in the Oxford indie music scene, influenced by Ride, the Charlatans, Inspiral Carpets, the Who and the Kinks, as well as including traits of the shoegazing era. The band played gigs at various venues around Oxfordshire public houses and clubs. Live performances included the Jericho Tavern in Oxford where they sold a demo tape recorded and produced by Nick Langston at Stargoat Studios near Banbury; the demo featured three songs, "Flying", which featured a 20-second countdown at the beginning, the recording of a rocket launch and a fast guitar-based song which appeared influenced by the Stone Roses, the second song, "Inside of Me" was similar in style but changed to a slower funk jam at the end, the third song titled on the tape "Slow Song" was a guitar-based ballad.
The band enjoyed enough success to release one single in 1992, "Just Got Back Today" on Nude Records, now a sought after rarity. Second single, "Tightrope" was never released due to disagreements with Nude Records; the band split up soon after this in the fall of 1992. Andy Davies went off to university and Nic Goffey went on to form a directing partnership with friend Dom Hawley directing many videos for Supergrass; when Coombes began working at the local Harvester he befriended co-worker Mick Quinn. The two realised they had common music interests and Coombes invited Quinn to come and jam with himself and Goffey. In February 1993 they formed Theodore Supergrass, "for about two months" Quinn explains, "then we realized that Theodore was a bit rubbish so we took that off."Goffey claims that the name was his idea and says. We were Theodore Supergrass and the idea was the band would be a little black character, we wouldn't have to do interviews. We'd get the questions in advance, script the answers and animate Theodore Supergrass answering them.
But it cost too much money." Gaz's brother, Rob Coombes, played flute for the band's début gig at the Co-Op Hall, Oxford in 1993. In January 1995 he first performed as keyboardist with the band for a live Radio 1 John Peel session, his role in the band progressed over the years, post-I Should Coco material is credited to "Supergrass and Rob Coombes", however, he wasn't introduced as a band member until a decade later. In mid-1994, Supergrass issued their debut single "Caught by the Fuzz" on the small independent local label Backbeat Records; the song recounts lead singer and guitarist Gaz Coombes's experience of being arrested by the police for possession of cannabis. The limited release of vinyl copies sold out thanks in part to support from John Peel on his Radio One show; the Parlophone label re-released the single in the autumn of the same year. It achieved the rare feat of both NME and Melody Maker "Single Of The Week" status in the same week."Mansize Rooster", released in February 1995, peaked at number 20 in the UK Singles Chart and "Lenny" was the band's first top 10 single.
"Lenny" was followed soon afterwards by the band's debut album, I Should Coco, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number one. It achieved half a million sales over a million worldwide. NME reviewer Steve Sutherland gave the album a nine out of ten rating, writing, "These freaks shall inherit the earth." The album's fourth single, the double A-side release "Alright"/"Time", stayed in the UK Top Three for a month, peaking at number two. Supergrass followed I Should Coco with 18 months of heavy touring, appearing at festivals such as Scotland's T In The Park and the Glastonbury Festival. After Performing at Rio's Hollywood Rock Festival in April 1996, Supergrass met the train robber Ronnie Biggs, said to him, "I was frightened for my life when I heard there was a supergrass in the area." A photograph of Ronnie Biggs and Gaz together was subsequently included in the music video for their 1996 single "Going Out". Recorded at Great Linford Manor the single peaked at number five in the UK charts, but was the last song produced by Sam Williams.
Supergrass returned to Sawmills Studio to co-produce follow up album, In It For The Money (released A
Dreadzone are a British electronic music group. They have released eight studio albums, two live albums, one compilation. Dreadzone were formed in London, England in 1993 when ex-Big Audio Dynamite drummer Greg Roberts teamed up with Tim Bran, who had worked as a musician and sound engineer for Julian Cope and who has done production work for artists including London Grammar and the Dutch duo HAEVN; the name Dreadzone was suggested to Bran by Don Letts. Bran and Roberts signed to Creation Records in 1993 and released their first album, 360°, they were soon joined by bassist Leo Williams and keyboardist Dan Donovan formerly of Big Audio Dynamite. Throughout 1994 they developed a reputation as a live act and released the limited-edition live album Performance, in June of that year they opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. During these early years, their backing vocalists included Alison Goldfrapp; the following year, the band signed to Virgin Records and released their second studio album, Second Light.
In 1995, Earl 16 joined as a vocalist, singing on the single "Zion Youth". Dan Donovan left the group. In January 1996, the group had their first and so far only Top 40 hit in the UK Singles Chart with "Little Britain", which reached No. 20. The song sampled a line from the 1968 cult British film If.... – "Britain today is a powerhouse of ideas, imagination". John Peel championed Dreadzone on BBC Radio 1, cited Second Light as one of his favourite albums of all time. Tracks from Second Light dominated Peel's Festive Fifty in 1995, the band recorded six Peel sessions between 1993 and 2001. In 1996 they supported Oasis at the Loch Knebworth shows. In 1997, they released Biological Radio. A track from that album, "Dream Within a Dream", appeared on the soundtrack to the film The Saint. Between 1998 and 2001, the Dreadzone sound system hosted the Dubwiser club night at Notting Hill Arts Club. During that time Roberts and Bran set up a studio together and recorded and released their fourth album, which featured Brinsley Forde and MC Spee.
In 2000, MC Spee joined as a second vocalist. The album was released on the independent Rufflife label. In 2001, Ben Balafonic joined. During the following years, Ben, Spee and Steve Roberts recorded and released the fifth studio album, Once Upon a Time, in 2005, on the independent Functional label run by Biff Mitchell; the band recorded, along with Leo Williams, the Live at Sunrise album released on Functional. In August 2006, Balafonic left the group. On 26 October 2006, the brother of Greg Roberts, died. In 2007, the band were joined by new members Chris Compton and Chris Oldfield and returned to touring. In 2007 and 2008, they played gigs and festivals across the UK and Europe, signed to a new management company in 2008. In 2010, the band released their sixth studio album, Eye on the Horizon, on their own label Dubwiser. In 2011, a compilation album was released by Dubwiser Records entitled The Good the Bad and the Dread: The Best of Dreadzone; that same year Greg and Leo were part of the Big Audio Dynamite reunion tour playing shows and festivals in Europe and USA.
In 2012, the band recorded their 7th studio album in Mick Jones' studio with Tim Bran back in the fold co-producing and playing. James ` Bazil' Bainbridge joined the group. In 2013, a new album, was released. In the same year, Dreadzone celebrated 20 years as a band with a short film about their history. A single, "Too Late", featuring Mick Jones, was released. In 2016, a new album was recorded, released as Dread Times in February 2017, included contributions from Don Letts. 360° Performance Second Light Biological Radio Sound The Radio One Sessions Once Upon a Time Live at Sunrise Eye on the Horizon The Best of Dreadzone – The Good The Bad and the Dread Escapades Dread Times "The Warning" "The Good, the Bad and the Dread" "Dream On" / "House of Dread" "Fight the Power" "Zion Youth" "Captain Dread" "Maximum" "Little Britain" "Life Love and Unity" "Earth Angel" "Moving On" "Crazy Knowledge" "Believing in It" "The Warriors" "Once Upon a Time" "King Dub Rock" "Elevate" "Iron Shirt" "Mashup the Dread" "Beyond a Rock" "Gangster" "Too Late" Official website UK Chart positions
Oysterband is a British folk rock and folk punk band formed in Canterbury in around 1976. The band formed in parallel to Fiddler's Dram, under the name "Oyster Ceilidh Band" played purely as a dance band at first; the name Oyster comes from the group's early association with the coastal town of Whitstable in East Kent, known for the quality of its oysters. Their first album, released under the Oyster Ceilidh Band name, was Jack's Alive on the Dingles record label. Subsequent albums, as "Oyster Band" were released on the band's own Pukka Music label: English Rock'n' Roll: The Early Years 1800–1850 and Lie Back and Think of England, followed by Liberty Hall and 20 Golden Tie-Slackeners; the lineup of the band changed over these albums. The first recorded line-up was: Cathy Lesurf - vocals. Cathy Lesurf subsequently left to join Ashley Hutchings' Albion Band, Will Ward departed so that by the time they recorded Lie Back and Think of England the personnel had settled down to John Jones, Ian Kearey, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer.
For the album Step Outside they added Russell Lax on drums. Step Outside mixed self-penned songs with a political theme, with reworkings of traditional standards such as Hal-an-Tow. After the 1987 release Wide Blue Yonder Kearey left the band to be replaced by Chopper. Subsequent albums included Ride, Little Rock to Leipzig and the June Tabor collaboration Freedom and Rain. Following this the band name changed to Oysterband. Drummer Lee Partis replaced Russell Lax for 1992's Deserters before Holy Bandits in 1993 propelled the band to the forefront of a booming folk rock scene alongside bands such as The Levellers. In the nineties the band adopted a more overtly political stance, recording the harder The Shouting End of Life and collaborating with Chumbawamba to record "Farewell to the Crown", released as the B-side of the Tubthumping single, but recent releases Deep Dark Ocean, Here I Stand, Rise Above and Meet You There have seen the band return to a softer, more melodic sound while recent tours under the banner The Big Session have seen the band offer exposure to several young, emerging folk musicians like Dan Donnelly, The Handsome Family as well as veterans such as June Tabor.
James O'Grady appeared on the Oysters' albums and tours in the last few years. John Jones, James O'Grady and Ian Telfer provided vocals and instrumentation on Chumbawamba's album A Singsong and a Scrap, Oysterband provided vocals for the song "Hull or Hell" on The Boy Bands Have Won. In 2007, long-standing drummer Lee Partis took a break to concentrate on his work as a psychotherapist, counselling in prisons. In August 2008, he confirmed; the band appointed Dilwyn Davies as replacement drummer. Following a 30th anniversary concert in December 2008 the band took a six-month sabbatical, during which John Jones and Chopper both made solo albums; the band returned to the studio in 2011, teaming up once again with June Tabor and releasing Ragged Kingdom in September at a sell-out concert at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. For at least some dates on the Ragged Kingdom tour, they are joined on bass and guitar by Al Scott, who produced the album. On 8 February 2012 June Tabor and Oysterband won Best Traditional Song, Best Album and Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Ragged Kingdom, with Tabor winning Folk Singer of the Year.
Ray Cooper announced in December 2012 that he would leave the band at the end of the Ragged Kingdom tour in February 2013, to pursue a solo career. Adrian Oxaal of rock band James, replaced him on a few gigs late in 2012, took over in 2013, although it was unclear whether he would become a full-time member of Oysterband; the band featured Al Scott on bass at some gigs. Pete Flood of Bellowhead replaced Davies on drums. John Jones - melodeon, lead vocals Alan Prosser - guitars, vocals Ian Telfer - fiddle, English concertina, vocals Pete Flood - drums Al Scott - bass guitar, mandolin Adrian Oxaal - cello, bass guitar, electric guitar As Fiddler's Dram To See the Play - 1978 Fiddler's Dram - 1980As Oyster Ceilidh Band Jack's Alive - 1980As Oyster Band English Rock'n' Roll: The Early Years 1800–1850 - 1982 Lie Back and Think of England - 1983 20 Golden Tie-Slackeners - 1984 Liberty Hall - 1985 Step Outside - 1986 Wide Blue Yonder - 1987 Ride - 1989 Freedom and Rain - 1990 As Oysterband Deserters - 1992 Holy Bandits - 1993 Trawler - 1994 The Shouting End of Life - 1995 Deep Dark Ocean - 1997 Here I Stand - 1999 Rise Above - 2002 25 - 2003 Meet You There - 2007 The Oxford Girl and Other Stories - 2008 Ragged Kingdom - 2011 Diamonds on the Water - 2014 Little Rock to Leipzig - 1990 Alive and Shouting - 1996 Alive and Acoustic - 1998 25th Anniversary Concert - DVD - 2004 Northern Light - 2006 The Rough Guide to World Music - 1994 The Rough Guide to English Roots Music - 1998 Pearls from the Oysters - 1998 This House Will Stand - 2016, double album with The Work Of My Own Two Hands co
Martin Lancelot Barre is an English rock musician best known for his work with progressive rock band Jethro Tull, with whom he recorded and toured from their second album in 1969 to the band's initial dissolution in 2012. In the early 1990s he went solo, has recorded four studio albums and made several guest appearances, he has played the flute and other instruments such as the mandolin, both on stage for Jethro Tull and in his own solo work. Martin Barre was born in Kings Heath, England on 17 November 1946, his father was an engineer. In grammar school Barre played flute; when Barre bought his first guitar his father gave him albums by Barney Kessel, Johnny Smith and Wes Montgomery to broaden his musical perspectives. In college he studied architecture at Lanchester Polytechnic for three years, but did not complete his studies after failing Spanish and Atomic Science, subjects that he found to have little to do with designing buildings. After designing a road junction in Birmingham, England, he decided that a career in architecture was too boring, switched to music.
In 1966 he moved to London with his friend, Chris Rodger, who had played saxophone in their previous band, "The Moonrakers." In London Barre and Rodger got an audition for a band called "The Noblemen", looking for two saxophonists. Barre bought a tenor saxophone and after two days of practice was able to bluff his way through the audition; the band subsequently changed its name to "The Motivation" and backed visiting soul artists such as the Coasters, the Drifters and Lee Dorsey. The band evolved through several musical styles from Soul to R&B to Pop, in 1967 changed its name to "The Penny Peeps." By this time Barre was playing lead guitar. As "The Penny Peeps" the band released two singles in 1968, "Little Man With a Stick" backed by "Model Village", "I See the Morning" backed with "Curly, Knight of the Road". In mid-1968 they became a blues band called "Gethsemane" and played in pubs all over England with Barre playing guitar and flute; when Gethsemane and the band Jethro Tull played at a blues club called the Van Dyke in Plymouth, the members of the two bands got acquainted.
Four months while Gethsemane was playing in London and about to break up because of lack of money, Jethro Tull's manager, Terry Ellis, sent his card up from the audience asking Barre to audition for Jethro Tull. The audition did not go well. Barre was so nervous that he played. Barre arranged a second audition; this time he was offered the job. He spent the Christmas holidays of 1968 learning material, to become the album “Stand Up”. On the first album that Barre recorded with Jethro Tull, Stand Up, he said that he was: "terrified because I had just joined the band, it showed a change in direction for the band and when it was accepted and became a successful album, we gained a lot of confidence. We extended that confidence into the making of Benefit, in which we were a lot more at ease." On the next album, the world success Aqualung, Martin was more confident, stating that in the recording: "Everybody had input into the making of the album."In the following period, his solos blended virtuosity with classical music, like on Minstrel in the Gallery, where the opening track has a four-minute solo, or his piece "Conundrum" and "Quatrain" in Bursting Out.
Martin declared that much of the material from Jethro Tull catalogue was written by himself and Ian Anderson, with Ian getting the credit for writing the lyrics and having the initial idea for the music, which: "then I, or someone else in the band, contribute parts to it." There are two albums where he is credited for having put "additional material," both classics Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses, which Martin has stated to be two of the albums which show his best playing. Curiously, his favourite album in Jethro Tull is the most controversial of the band's career, Under Wraps, which contains two tracks co-authored by him. On his work with Jethro Tull, Martin stated: "I’m quite pleased with my playing on Crest of a Knave, me, Ian and Dave Pegg working in the studio for two months, so I had ample time to put a lot of myself into that album." He is credited in only another two tracks of Jethro Tull albums: "Hot Mango Flush," from J-Tull Dot Com and "Winter Snowscape" from The Jethro Tull Christmas Album.
For his contribution to Jethro Tull music, Martin stated: "I've done pieces on albums. Sometimes it's a riff. I don't mind taking a small role in the writing, a larger input into the arrangement and playing."About the end of his involvement in Tull, Barre stated in 2015 that "It's important that people realize there will never be a Jethro Tull again. There will be two solo bands: the Ian Anderson Band and the Martin Barre Band, long may they exist, long may they enjoy playing music. I'm not being pedantic. I always hate to hear, "Oh, you've left Jethro Tull." I haven't really. Ian wanted to finish Jethro Tull, wanted to stop the band completely."When Anderson reunited Jethro Tull in 2017 for their 50th anniversary tour, Barre was not asked to return. On one track of 1994's A Trick of Memory, Barre plays a guitar given to him by friend Mark Mancina. On the album, King Crimson alumnus Mel Collins plays the saxophone, Fairport Convention's Maartin Allcock and Ric Sanders appear on a couple of tracks, Andy Giddings plays Hammond organ.
According to the AllMusic review: "the dominant sound is Barre's guitars, crunching, grinding, or noodling either blues or English folk tunes," to the reviewer, the album is "a decent debut album." A Summer Band was released on
Status Quo (band)
Status Quo are an English rock band who play boogie rock. The group originated in The Spectres, founded by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in 1962, while still schoolboys. After a number of lineup changes, which included the introduction of Rick Parfitt in 1967, the band became The Status Quo in 1967 and Status Quo in 1969, they have had over 60 chart hits in the UK, more than any other rock band, including "Pictures of Matchstick Men" in 1968, "Whatever You Want" in 1979 and "In the Army Now" in 1986 and 2010. Twenty-two of these reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. In July 1985 the band opened Live Aid at Wembley Stadium with "Rockin' All Over the World". In 1991, Status Quo received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Status Quo starred in their first feature film, Bula Quo!, 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, is Status Quo's one hundredth single release.
Status Quo was formed in 1962 under the name "the Spectres" by Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster at Sedgehill Comprehensive School, along with classmates Jess Jaworski and Alan Key. Rossi and Lancaster played their first gig at the Samuel Jones Sports Club in London. In 1963, Key was replaced by John Coghlan and the band changed name to "The Spectres". In 1965, when Rossi and Jaworski had reached the end of their school education, Jaworski opted to leave the band, was replaced by Roy Lynes, they began writing their own material and that year met Rick Parfitt, playing with a cabaret band called The Highlights. By the end of 1965, Rossi and Parfitt, who had become close friends after meeting at Butlins, made a commitment to continue working together. On 18 July 1966, The Spectres signed a five-year deal with Piccadilly Records, releasing two singles that year, "I" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man", one the next year called " Nothin' Yet". All three singles failed to make an impact on the charts. By 1967, the group had discovered psychedelia and named themselves Traffic, but were soon forced to change it to "Traffic Jam" to avoid confusion with Steve Winwood's Traffic, following an argument over who had registered the name first.
The band secured an appearance on BBC Radio's Saturday Club, but in June their next single, "Almost But Not Quite There", underperformed. The following month saw Parfitt, at the request of manager Pat Barlow, joining the band as rhythm guitarist and vocalist. Shortly after Parfitt's recruitment, in August 1967, the band became The Status Quo. In January 1968 the group released the psychedelic-flavoured "Pictures of Matchstick Men". Rick Parfitt was invited to join the band just as the song hit the UK Singles Chart, reaching number seven. Although Status Quo's albums have been released in the United States throughout their career, they never achieved the same level of success as they have in their home country. Though the follow-up was the unsuccessful single, "Black Veils of Melancholy", they had a hit again the same year with a pop song penned by Marty Wilde and Ronnie Scott, "Ice in the Sun", which climbed to number eight. After the breakthrough, the band management hired Bob Young as a tour manager.
Over the years Young became one of the most important songwriting partners for Status Quo, in addition to playing harmonica with them on stage and on record. After their second album Spare Parts failed commercially, the band abandoned psychedelia and Carnaby Street fashions in favour of a hard rock/boogie sound, faded denims and T-shirts, an image, to become their trademark throughout the 1970s. Lynes left the band in 1970 and was replaced in the studio by guests including keyboard player Jimmy Horowitz and Tom Parker. By 1976, ex-The Herd, Judas Jump and Peter Frampton Band member Andy Bown was brought in to cover keyboards although as he was contracted as a solo artist with EMI he was not credited as an official member of Status Quo until 1982. After two poor-selling albums, Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon and Dog of Two Head in 1970 and 1971, their major breakthrough came when they signed with the heavy rock and progressive label Vertigo, their first album for Vertigo, was released in 1972 and heralded an heavier, self-produced sound.
This album was the stylistic template for each album they released up until Blue for You in 1976. Quo's more popular songs from this era include "Paper Plane", "Caroline", "Break The Rules", "Down Down", "Rain", "Mystery Song", "Rockin' All Over the World" and "Whatever You Want". "Down Down" topped the UK Singles Chart in January 1975. In 1976, they signed a pioneering sponsorship deal with Levi's. Quo have now sold 118 million records worldwide. From 1977 onwards, the band's sound became more polished; these included Pip Williams, Roger Glover, John Eden. Glover was the first outside producer to work with Quo since Pye's John Schroeder in the early 1970s, produced "Wild Side of Life" and its B-side "All Through The Night" in 1976. 1977's Rockin' All Over the World's title track, a minor hit for its writer John Fogerty