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 "Rockin' All Over the World", "Whatever You Want" and "In the Army Now". 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; the band appeared on Top Of The Pops more than any other band. They have released over 33 albums, several of which were best-sellers. Status Quo was formed in 1962 under the name The Scorpions 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 their name to The Spectres. After changing their name to "The Spectres", Lancaster's father arranged for the group to perform weekly at a venue called the Samuel Jones Sports Club, where they were noticed by Pat Barlow, a successful gasfitter and budding pop music manager. Barlow became the group's manager, secured them spots at successful venues around London, such as El Partido in Lewisham and Café des Artistes in Chelsea. 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, 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, "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and "I", 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, Andy Bown – an ex-member of The Herd, Judas Jump and the Peter Frampton Band – 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 to and including 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, becoming their only UK No. 1 single to date. 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 s

The Last Great Traffic Jam

The Last Great Traffic Jam is a live album and DVD from the rock band Traffic. The album was recorded from the 1994 Traffic reunion concert tour. "Pearly Queen" "Medicated Goo" "Mozambique" "40,000 Headmen" "Glad" "Walking in the Wind" "The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone" "Dear Mr. Fantasy" "John Barleycorn" "Gimme Some Lovin'" "40,000 Headmen" "John Barleycorn" "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" Steve Winwood - keyboards, lead vocals, guitar Jim Capaldi - drums, lead vocals, backing vocals, percussion Rosko Geebass Randall Bramblettflute, saxophone Michael McEvoy – keyboards, viola, harmonica Walfredo Reyes, Jr. – percussion, drums Jerry Garcia - guitar

George Alan Rekers

George Alan Rekers is an American psychologist and ordained Southern Baptist minister. He is emeritus professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Rekers has a Ph. D from University of California, Los Angeles and has been a research fellow at Harvard University, a professor and psychologist for UCLA and the University of Florida, department head at Kansas State University. In 1983 Rekers was on the founding board of the Family Research Council, a non-profit Christian lobbying organization, he is a former officer and scientific advisor of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, an organization offering conversion therapy, a pseudoscientific practice intended to convert homosexuals to heterosexuality. Rekers has testified in court that homosexuality is destructive, against parenthood by gay and lesbian people in a number of court cases involving organizations and state agencies working with children. In May 2010 Rekers employed a male prostitute as a travel companion for a two-week vacation in Europe.

Rekers denied any inappropriate conduct and suggestions that he was gay. The male escort told CNN. Rekers subsequently resigned from the board of NARTH. Rekers is married with children. Rekers received his B. A. in psychology from Westmont College in 1969. He received his M. A. and Ph. D. in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles in 1971 and 1972, respectively. As part of his doctoral studies at UCLA, Rekers led an experimental study which used behavioral treatment to discourage "deviant sex-role behaviors in a male child". In 2011, Anderson Cooper 360° featured a story about the fate of Kirk Murphy, a child Rekers states that he cured in many of his books. Murphy's siblings and mother state that the therapy had lasting damage to the boy and led to him growing up to be a man who grappled with his homosexuality before committing suicide in 2003 at the age of 38, his work has been criticized by other scholars for reinforcing sex-role stereotypes and for reliance on dubious rationales for therapeutic intervention.

Rekers refers in his academic work to "the positive therapeutic effects of religious conversion for curing transsexualism" and "the positive therapeutic effect of a church ministry to repentant homosexuals." Judith Butler describes this work as "intensely polemical", giving "highly conservative political reasons for strengthening the diagnosis so that the structures that support normalcy can be strengthened." Rekers' views on family life were the focus of a major controversy in Florida in 2002 when then-governor Jeb Bush appointed Jerry Regier to the post of head of the Florida Department of Children and Families with responsibility for child welfare. Shortly after the announcement of Regier's appointment, it was disclosed that in 1989 the California-based Coalition on Revival had published a fundamentalist tract titled The Christian World View of the Family under the names of Regier and Rekers, which condemned working mothers as being in "bondage" and argued that the government should have no right to place children in protective custody except in cases of extreme abuse or neglect.

The tract's authors "affirm that Biblical spanking may cause temporary and superficial bruises or welts that do not constitute child abuse" and "deny that the Bible countenances any other definition of the family, such as the sharing of a household by homosexual partners, that society's laws should be modified in any way to broaden the definition of family." The tract was condemned by Democrats. Regier survived the controversy and served as DCF head from 2002 to the end of Jeb Bush's term in 2007. Rekers is a practicing Southern Baptist, credits the work of C. S. Lewis his writings on gender relations, with influencing his religious and social views. Rekers has attracted attention for his views on homosexuality, which have been promoted in a number of forums and court cases, he asserts that homosexuality is a "gender disturbance" that can be corrected through 18 to 22 months of weekly therapy during childhood and adolescence. Mark Pietrzyk, of the gay group the Log Cabin Republicans, has stated that Rekers' method uses aversion therapy – a practice opposed by the American Psychiatric Association – that punishes "nonconforming" behavior such as swaggering in girls or limp wrists in boys and rewards "conforming" behavior such as girls playing with dolls and boys playing basketball.

A number of authorities working in the relevant fields reject Reker's basic premise utterly. According to Rekers himself, he spends much of his time with boys whose peers regard them as "sissy" and "effeminate" with the goal of reversing those traits and "help these children to become better adapted to themselves and to their environment." The APA's opposition to his methods led to him resigning from the organization. Rekers has appeared in court in several cases as an expert witness testifying on matters concerning homosexuality, his testimony has been criticized by a number of parties including trial judges.