A: Shawbury/Valley Music
B1: Shawbury Music
B2: Franklyn Boyd Music Ltd./Artist Musical Productions Ltd
℗ 1975 Phonogram Ltd.
Made in England
It is 1968 or 1969, some year like that, and Gaffer Peel is compere at a rock festival in Nottingham. The organizers expected a crowd of 40.000, got 400, and a poor time is being had by all. Band after band has numbered us with meaningful stuff about the revolution (whatever happened to it anyway?), or bored us with their suite base on 'Alice Through The Looking Glass'. I'm supposed to dart between the two stages to announce each band but I'm busy trying to fascinate a young woman (unsuccessfully, I'm afraid) and this shower get on stage unannounced. 'Ello', the below, stirring the stoned handful out of their torpor, 'you're not gonna like us at all, we make hit singles and we're very loud'. They didn't, they do and they are. At the time I was outraged. Who, I asked myself, are these outrageously vulgar yobboes? We wanted beauty and truth, not rowdiness; certain substances, not brown ale.
Status Quo played, unabashed and basic, and since then, secretly at first because, I mean, Quo weren't, as we said then, where it was at, I've been a believer.
Amazing to think that when they first annoying the neighbours from scout halls and cricket pavilions, John Kennedy was still alive, only a fistful of daft Scousers and Hamburgers had heard of the Beatles, and I was selling crop insurance in West Texas. Even more amazing in this is - thirteen years on, their music is so fresh and vital that wherever you do a disco you know it's going to be a either 'Brown Sugar' or a Quo record that finally get's them moving. You know too, that there's always going to be a row of loonies - Maybe including you - who'll get down into that celebrated Quo boogie stance and churn to and fro like creatures possessed. Status Quo are good lads, they make exciting and unpretentious records, they make me feel positively carefree, have saved many a potentially disastrous gig for me, and if they rock on for another thirteen years - well that's just fine by me.
Recorded at the Kursaal, Southend 1/3/75
and Trentham Gardens, Stoke-On-Trent 2/3/75 on the Rolling Stones Mobile
Mixed at IBC Studios, London
Gerdundula and Junior's Wailing re-recorded by kind permission of Pye Records Ltd
(B1 is a studio version,not live)'[discogs]
(Single) Made And Printed In Germany 1975Recorded At the Kursaal, Southend 1375 and Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent 2375Gerdundula and Juniors Wailing re-recorded by kind permission of Pye Records Lt[discogs]